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Drainage problems and solutions for gravel Driveway?

We have a section of front yard we want to turn into a gravel driveway. The problem is that it is in a low spot, but also beside a private road that has terrible drainage as well. I came up with two ...
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Can I dress a crushed rock drainage plane with pea gravel?

My back yard has a lot of 3/4" crushed gravel that was backfilled around my basement foundation. This is intended to keep the clay soil from heaving the foundation up during the rains, and it ...
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Shed base: Keeping perimeter gravel in place

I'm planning on building an 8x12 shed with a gravel base. From what I've read, the gravel base should extend beyond the perimeter of the shed at least one foot on all sides, so I'll be installing a ...
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Gravel under vinyl fence post in clay soil?

I'm putting up a 6ft vinyl privacy fence. The holes reach 42 inches (city mandates 36 inches). I was planning to put a couple inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole before filling with cement (per ...
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Should I still make a foundation for a pre-made shed that will be placed on backyard concrete?

I am planning to purchase a shed from Wayfair, but I see a lot online about needing to build a base with concrete or gravel. If I get a 4x6 or 6x8 metal shed, do I still need to build my own ...
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Best way to seal underground bore pipe which is in a pit

I have a closed bore pipe whose width is 6 inches and the pipe goes upto 30 feet deep. The bore pipe is in a pit whose depth is 6 feet. I have other drainage pits whose water level is 1 to 2 feet from ...
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Rat turda in gravel

Rat droppings in Gravel I had a rat problem :( they used the gravel in my crawl space as a litter box. I could ozone everything and use a hepa filtration to clean the air but I am worried that I need ...
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mounded dirt prep for gravel driveway?

On the side of my house I have brought in lots (1-3' deep, 15' wide) of dirt (very rocky and not so rocky) i plan putting gravel down on top of it for a drive way/RV parking. What prep work do i need ...
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Proper way to lay gravel around garage

I have a garage that has had quite a weed problem around the side and back of it. I decided to go for it and lay some gravel down, following this "This Old House" how to: Seems pretty ...
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How to Order Material for: Gravel Driveway With Smooth Stones & Bricks

I am replacing a garden at the end of my driveway with a place to park my truck. We are barefoot a lot so jagged gravel is not ideal. It's fairly level as is but I will level it a bit more. Also the ...
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concrete patio, grading, geotextile [closed]

I am about to make a concrete slab patio along the wall of my house facing the backyard (38' long house wall, 10' wide concrete slab). To ensure proper water drainage (now, water may stay next to the ...
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DIY way to wash sand/clay out of driveway gravel?

I hate how the sand and fine dust blows around on our dairy farm's gravel driveway in the dry summer months. It's not reasonable to talk about blacktop due to the long driveway and the fact that it ...
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Method for setting 6' wood fence posts in clay soil

Background Currently in the process if planning/designing a privacy fence after recently removing the old posts from the ground. I'm now at a point that you might call analysis paralysis involving ...
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Contractor not ready to put gravel for concrete walkway

I really need advice since I’m getting conflicting information. Can a concrete walkway be made without gravel base or ABC? When I contracted for the work I assumed that there would be gravel since I ...
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Can I build a deck this low to the ground?

I want to build a deck off the back of my house. The door is near grade level, about 1' above. The grade doesn't have very large slope, so that means that the beam at the far end would be below grade: ...
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Compacting gravel on top of landscape fabric

I am planning to use a plate compactor to compact some #57 gravel that is on top of a landscape fabric. My question: Will this break the landscape fabric or reduce its functionality, or this type of ...
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Re-leveling a 12x16 shed on gravel

I've got a 3 yr old 12x16 shed on a gravel pad. I put down driveway cloth, then 4" #2 stone- tamped and drove a machine over it for a bit-- then added 4" of crusher run and repeated. My ...
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Can I use gravel as fill between concrete slabs?

The second floor of an old 3000sq.ft. barn has shifted and sunk. There is a 15" difference between the highest and lowest point of the floor. I want to poor a new concrete layer, but I'd rather ...
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French Drain or solid PVC pipe

I live in Southern California, it barely rains here. However, I am working on my yard and just built a retaining wall and was required to use perforated 4" pvc pipe behind it.. Now I need to do ...
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Can In install gravel over old asphalt for a shed base?

Where I want to put our new shed (16x24) there used to be an asphalt pad the previous owners used for parking. I'd prefer to not rip that up and instead just level gravel on top of it but I'm worried ...
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Can I use packing popcorn (peanuts) instead of gravel for filling a french drain?

I'm digging a 2 feet deep french drain a few feet away from the house. I'm wondering if instead of gravel I could surround the 4" perforated pipe with packing popcorn (or peanuts, or whatever they ...
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Economical Rock to use under A/C pad

I am getting a new A/C unit installed on Monday and when I asked them to put rock under the pad to level it out they said they would put what ever I supply. They reason I asked was my previous ...
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How to lay gravel on graded underlayment?

I am pouring concrete to make a small staircase (5 steps, 8x10" each) over ground underlayment. Since the grade is something like 40 degrees, the gravel rolls down hill and accumulates in the ...
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Gravel inside concrete form or form on top of gravel?

I am pouring a 5 inch concrete pad for a hot tub. I am planning on putting down 4 inches of compacted gravel under the concrete with rebar mesh in the center. My concrete pad will be 9 feet by 9 ...
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How can I use 8' chain link terminal posts for a 6' fence?

My sister bought some material so I could build her a chain link fence. I never built one before and don’t know what exact measurements would I need. She wants a 6ft fence so she bought the mesh as ...
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Filling post holes where fence was removed - suburban backyard environment

My next door neighbor had their fence replaced recently. The new fence is further from the property line than the old fence was, so I have either 5 or 6 holes where the old posts were located. I am ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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Small blobs of tar on a (5 year old) flat tar and gravel roof

I have noticed several cluster of small blobs of tar on my flat tar and gravel roof which was renovated 5 years ago. I tried to remove one blob (here is a video) and it seemed to be full with no ...
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Mountain top drainage issue

We live atop a large hill and due to how the driveway is I constantly have water and mud on top of a small area of my driveway. This area is supposed to be a low area to care water down the driveway ...
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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Is chert a suitable base for a concrete driveway?

I'm looking to extend my driveway to add additional parking spaces. The area will be rougtly 20'x30'. I've contacted a few contractors to get prices on material and labor. Prior to calling ...
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The right base for a gravel patio

There's lots of information online and videos on YouTube on how to build a gravel patio, but they usually don't have enough specifics. They say "you may want to do this" or "pour base ...
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Is there a dust-free alternative to gravel for an indoor Petanque Court?

We are considering constructing a Pétanque court in our office. The typical finished playing surface is sand, gravel, small pebbles or sometimes shell. We need a dust-free material so that when ...
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Put down gravel before or after winter snow?

I am putting down gravel as a drive at a lakefront cabin in Upper Michigan. The soil is sandy and I do not need a formal driveway, just a drive path. With lots of snow coming in winter, is it better ...
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2a modified crushed stone vs minus gravel

What is the difference between 2a modified crushed stone and minus gravel? I understand that both are crushed stones and both have finer particles. Do they come from different species of stones? What ...
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42" Elevated Foundation Build in Coastal NC

What are the best practices for residential elevated foundation 42" construction in Coastal NC? I have read alot about: soil tests, compacted fill, 4" of gravel on top of compacted fill, ...
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Is gravel necessary for post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil?

I am installing 6’ vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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Does the quality of fill dirt matter?

Does the quality of fill dirt matter? For example, in my application, I need to fill an area where I'm planning to have a gravel patio. I picked up a yard of dirt from a local supply place and, upon ...
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Using edging where people walk across

I'm building a gravel patio inside my U-shaped gravel driveway. I will be using two different kinds of gravel, so I need a separator at the border to prevent the mixing of the two types of gravel. If ...
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Can bushes help keep driveway and patio gravel stable?

My front yard has a U-shaped driveway on a significant slope. The arrows in the diagram below indicate the downward direction of the slope. From the bottom right to the top left, the elevation drops ...
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Necessity/value of using cardboard or weed barrier under gravel shed foundation?

How important is it to use a weed barrier or some kind of geotextile between gravel and ground? In cases when crushed gravel is poured and tamped 6" deep as a shed foundation, on relatively flat ...
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Is this gravel stabilizing underlament an effective product?

Does anyone have any experience with a gravel stabilizing product? I'll say, somehow I've never seen this before, but it looks genius; especially if you could create a reasonable driveway out of this ...
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Setting fence post in gravel/backfill?

I am attempting to build a privacy fence that will sit just behind a retaining wall (as in, on the ground behind the wall and not on the wall itself). While digging today I realized that while the ...
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How to choose fabric and gravel for retaining wall

I want to build a 15ft long retaining wall which is located at the bottom of a slope, surrounded with springs, against the fence. In searching for materials I have no idea which fabric I should choose ...
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Is there too much gravel under this deck?

I had a contractor put a layer of gravel under my raised deck. The deck is about 4 feet off the ground and the space underneath it is enclosed. The ground under the deck was dirt with some landscape ...
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Should I be worried about the weight of french drain gravel on my foundation?

Should I be concerned about the added weight of 3/4" river rock in a french drain 12 inches from my foundation? If there is already a crack in the foundation and a slight lean, will the weight of the ...
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How to bind pebbles in-between pavers?

I have roughly 700 square feet of pebbles and pavers in my back yard, and the issue I'm having is that when I step on the pebbles, they move all over the place. I'd like to apply some kind of binding ...
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Driveway Erosion Problem

I live on a hillside and due to the road being narrow large trucks and school buses use an old driveway to turn around. My problem is that every time it rains it tends to wash the gravel away and ...
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Sifting driveway stone.

Is there a cost effective way of sifting stone in a driveway? I have a 2,500 sq ft section of parking area next to my driveway. It is composed of 3 ft of sand covered with about 6 inches of crushed ...
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Can I use sealer over recycled asphalt to retain it?

I have a section of recycled asphalt chips to the left of my concrete driveway, which we use parking a second car. The asphalt rocks leave a mess in the yard and in the driveway. Could I use asphalt ...