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Replace septic system before failure?

We're looking at getting some landscaping work done in the front yard to remedy some drainage issues. Two years ago we got an inspection of a septic system that is underneath the front yard done, and ...
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How to make stair with grasses [closed]

I found this picture online and wonder what material being used as the retaining wall for the grasses? It looks like a long piece of metal horizontally. But it could also be pressure treated lumber. ...
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Can I place a full-height fence on top of a planting bed held in place by a retaining wall, on a hill?

I have a somewhat steep hill in my back yard, I want to extend a fence I have on the side. Does my fence have to match the slope of the hill, or can I make a level retaining wall, say 2-3ft in height ...
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Status of solar-powered landscaping lights [closed]

As of now (9/2018), are solar-powered landscaping lights a sensible option? In 5-year intervals, for the past 15 years, I've been suckered into buying solar-powered landscaping lights and every time ...
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Fill in around rocks in retaining wall

I have a rock retaining wall that is nothing but problems. Weeds grow in the dirt around the rocks and now we have a varmint (rock chuck, I think) setting up residence. Any suggestions on how to ...
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How to identify what outdoor pipe is for sprinkler system?

I am planning to add a shut off valve from a hose bib to the sprinkler system. I am having some difficulty identifying what the pipe to the left (image below) is or what it does! Seems random - but ...
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How to install reclaimed stone pathway without plastic edging? [closed]

I;m installing a 3' wide path made out of reclaimed stones. Is there a proper way to install this path without using plastic edging on the sides of the path? These paths have been done before and all ...
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Restore tennis court [closed]

I currently own a property in Edinburgh, UK with what used to be a tennis court. It is depicted here: What would be the cheapest way to convert this back into a tennis court?
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How curved is a horizontal string line? [closed]

I plan to build a raised planter from 2 courses of concrete blocks. The long dimension is about 9 meters. I staked the corners, and then stretched a string the entire length as taut as I could without ...
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Is this drain appropriate for outdoor ground water capture?

We're buying a new property and the back yard is half level, half slope. The level area holds onto water after rain. Shown from the rear of the yard, my notion is - put a drain in the area that ...
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Grading over asphalt and concrete walkway

My house is in a small city lot, it's a 1924 Craftsman with a concrete block foundation. On the north side of our house, between the wall and a fence line, the previous owner had asphalt over the ...
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Compacting soil after removing fence posts to install new posts with vibratory ram?

I have a 6 foot wooden privacy fence I am looking to replace. Several of the posts are rotting right at ground level so their concrete footings are going to have to go. A company sells a metal ...
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How do I make pavers stop shifting when I walk on them?

Disclaimer: I have no clue what I'm doing Over the weekend, I replaced our mulch bed with some rock and a small paver path to our yard: I laid a thin layer of paver sand under the path, and scrubbed ...
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Pouring Curbing On Existing Concrete

I recently removed the crumbling concrete curbing from around my front porch flower bed. This weekend I plan to create the form and pour a new curb for the bed. My question is: When I build the mold, ...
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What should be done about this concrete retaining wall?

At the back of my property there's a concrete retaining wall that separates my back yard from my neighbor's. The wall has several enormous cracks and is leaning, especially toward one side. I'd guess ...
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Starting over with the back lawn and tilling in vicinity of the septic system

My back yard has as many or more deeply rooted dandelion colonies as it does blades of actual grass. It also has a variety of other weeds, including those purple tops. Besides being one ...
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How far from the foundation and how deep should a French drain be?

My wife and I bought a house recently but sadley the rainy season has come and I noticed a bad smell coming from the crawlspace I went under neath and found standing water about a inch deep running ...
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Can I run drainage pipe a short distance above the frost line

I live in SE Michigan where the frost line is between 3 and 4 feet. I have a house with a basement I'd like to finish and would like to run the water as far away from the house as I can. Clay soil. ...
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Landscaping - How to Correct Heavily Flooded Yard

I live on a fairly small urban lot (~3100sq/ft) and have been having issues with water pooling in my backyard. Recently during a very large rainfall this caused my basement to flood. I'm going to be ...
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Can turf be laid directly over sand?

After removing the pavers From the yard , there is about 100 mm of concrete sand ( very compact ) . What preparation should I do to lay Sir Walter Buffalo turf on top. Should the sand be just turned ...
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bbq island against retaining wall

Retaining wall is about 10' high at the highest point. I want to build a bbq island along the wall, brick oven is at the end of the island. It had to be at a 45 deg. angle because it's much deeper ...
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What size RPBP/RPZ should I use for a 3/4" city water meter?

A friend has a 3/4" (0.75") water meter at their 1.3 ac property. We want to do some fertigation with their irrigation so we're looking at a Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer. The main line for the ...
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Water pooling against the garage, limited drainage options

I have a single family home in the city in MN. My detached garage abuts the alley, and I have a concrete slab next to it that spans the rest of my small property line (basically the back of my ...
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Gabion walls as retaining walls?

There's a lot of information about DIY gabion walls, but none of the applications that I've seen on YouTube and elsewhere talk about gabion walls as retaining walls. I would imagine that a gabion wall ...
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How can I hide or dress up a large wall of debris?

We have a large "debris wall," made up of stumps, tree trunks, and other leftovers from when our lot was cleared, to one side of our driveway. We considered having it removed, but it provides a ...
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How to Cover Giant Sewer Vent [closed]

Does anyone have a creative/safe way to hide this hideous sewer vent and manhole? Thanks in advance!
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Slope of decking and foundation

I'm having decking installed and the boards currently slope towards the house. The underneath of the decking is soil and there is no gutter alongside the house to funnel the water to the drain. Is ...
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Cement board as paver base?

I'm planning a DIY patio paver project. The site is down a steep hillside only accessible via steps, where bringing in large amounts of base rock would be back breaking work. I found this product ...
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How much wooded land should be cleared around a new home site?

I'm planning to build in a wooded lot, and want to leave as much woods as possible. What is the minimum buffer that is required or recommended to allow around the home's footprint, taking into account ...
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why river stones needed close to foundation

I often observe that some houses have a strip of lawn adjacent to the foundation removed, and replaced with pebbles, river stone or alike. I understand this does not serve only decorative purpose. ...
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Future underground electrical supply

We are about to start on a phased plan to landscape our back yard. Phase one calls for a driveway to be poured behind our house, which will cross the entire property and connect two shared driveways ...
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If building a natural rock walkway on top of clay, do I need gravel?

We're building a natural rock walkway up to our front door. The walkway will be bordered by treated timbers. We collected the rocks (flat on one side, different heights and sizes, some quite large-1....
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What can I do to prevent possible gradual erosion on this small slope

Just had a paver walk installed and the end of it has an elevation of 6" from the grass edge 18" away. I live in Maryland. I was thinking about the possibility of gradual erosion due to rain coming ...
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I want to convert a non functioning gas post light mantel to a 12 volt lamp fixture

I am installing 12v landscape lights for a walkway and would like to add a non working gas lamp to the system. Has anyone ever retrofitted a post lamp to a 12 volt light? Are there any 12v led lights ...
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Ground material for toddlers swing set

I am going to build or install an A-frame swing/play set for my kids. I've read rubber mulch can be a potential carcinogen. I want to: find a safe ground cover for under and around the swing set ...
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What the best way to do site planning on a large wooded lot?

I'm trying to layout the desired locations of buildings and fences on a new rural lot that's about 15 acres and heavily wooded. The plan is to have a section of woods cleared for the build sites (two ...
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How can I remove ivy grabbers from my foundation?

Last year, I removed some old ivy that was growing up the foundation of my house. I couldn't get the grabbers off the side of the house, so I checked with my landscaper, who said they'd dry out after ...
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French drain with no swale

My backyard is relatively flat and I like that but we get a lot of water running toward our house after heavy rains and filling up the window wells and making a swamp in the backyard. Some landscapers ...
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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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Kids Knotted Rope for Climbing

I have an old walnut tree that I want to attach a knotted rope to for my boys to climb. Would the rope in the pic be a good choice? I am looking for something that would not hurt their hands too ...
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Weed Wacker Not Running Properly

I have a Remington weed wacker that is ~2 years old. It worked great for the first 2 or 3 months but then I could not get it to work properly. I have tried new gas, new plug, adjusting the idle on ...
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Cable fence vs deck rail

We are replacing the fence between our front yard and the street. I am leaning toward having a stainless cable fence, but I don't really see them in the neighborhood. Almost every search I do leads to ...
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How to reinforce brick pavers driveway edge?

My wife wants to do "dry creek" style landscaping next to our driveway, which is built with brick pavers. Right now our lawn comes right up to the edge of pavers, and there's no edging. I'm afraid ...
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Help identify electrical boxes

So I have an electrical setup near my breaker panel, and I was hoping someone could help me identify some of the pieces in the setup: (A) Unknown (B) Low voltage transformer for landscape lighting (C)...
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Are railroad ties suitable for a retaining wall under tree canopy?

This video shows a sharp cliff near my house that leads down to a stream. The drop is about 20 feet. I would like to build a 4' high retaining wall right around where you see a stack of dead branches. ...
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What does it mean when a property listing says that the county denied for a “conventional” septic system [closed]

I'm interested in buying a plot of land and building something on it. I'll need plumbing and electricity on this plot of land and I think I found a perfect lot for sale, but one of the bits of ...
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Ideas for how to hide an 8ft sewer vent pole in backyard

I have a sewer vent pole in my backyard (about 8 feet tall) and I'm looking for ideas on how to best hide it. I haven't seen any fake rocks etc that would be large enough to cover or hide it so I've ...
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Do fence pickets need to be totally dry before installing?

I want to purchase all the wood for my 6' privacy fence project but it will take me longer than a day to install. Also I'll be leaving all of the wood in my backyard which means it will probably get ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate? [closed]

Bellow is an arial photo and a road-side photo of my new house. As you can see the driveway is an awkward curve especially when backing out of the car port to the side of the garage - you have to do ...
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Cedar fence posts - advantages over pressure treated?

Looking to have a 6' privacy fence built around my yard in central Ohio. Yard drains reasonably well but can get pretty mushy in spots, especially when we get a bunch of rain and the ground is still ...