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Backyard erosion

Our home (and entire neighborhood) was built in 2015. We are the first owners. (As an aside, also first-time homeowners). Since day 1 we have had erosion issues with our backyard. The ground was not ...
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How far ahead of the average last freeze date is it safe to flood buried irrigation pipe?

I have 1.25" black poly buried at a depth of 18" running a 600 foot span under lawn, and coming up on 1" stainless steel risers into spigots at several locations in the yard. The entire ...
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Should I replace the stones I dug up when regrading the garden bed next to my foundation?

I'm in the process of regrading a garden bed adjacent to my foundation to slope it away more from the house. Hopefully this will solve the drainage issue I've been seeing. As the bed was sloping ...
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Mystery pipe by roadside electrical boxes

There is a wet area in the yard around the electric boxes by the road. I figured I would try to just raise the ground a bit and mulch around them instead of just having soggy grass and found this 4 ...
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Need advice on re-grading garden beds around foundation for better drainage and if I can apply barriers/sealant to mitigate water intrusion

I'm doing some landscaping cleanup for my parents' house - for visualization, this house's surrounding layout is almost identical: The front and right side of the house is surrounded by lawn and ...
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Is it normal for ground to settle like this, and how can fix it?

Before we bought this house, they repaired/replaced the sewer line out front. Refilling the dirt and replacing part of the sidewalk. They didn't really leave a mound of dirt, but I also don't know how ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

We bought an older house, built in ~1950s, in NY (NYC Metro-ish area) in April 2022. Since then we've had frequent issues with decent amounts of water getting into our 95% finished basement. Between 1-...
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Will a second layer of landscape fabric impede water drainage?

We bought a small wooden sandbox. It has no bottom and the entire thing sits on landscape liner. My questions is: 1. Should I buy another layer of landscape fabric and staple it to the inside of the ...
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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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How to secure a post for a garden standpipe -- concrete around pipes?

We're replacing our 70 year old garden standpipe/water column with a new one, which needs to be bolted into concrete. Any suggestions on how to do this without surrounding the new PVC connectors with ...
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How to divert rain water from walkway?

In front of our house, the downspout that drains half our 1200 square foot roof terminates right onto a brick walkway. Whenever it rains there is a puddle about 8 feet long so we need to walk on soggy ...
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Should I have my contractor backfill over ground trees and stumps?

I don't really have any knowledge in this area and I wanted to know your opinion. I want to enlarge my backyard and a contractor offers to grind all the trees on an area of ​​approximately 150x50ft. ...
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Will draining a pond more quickly reduce groundwater level underneath?

There's a pond that develops in my backyard slightly up slope where it's flat. I have a drain that persistently drains this but obviously it's not enough since the pool still exists during storms. ...
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Can I stain my recently-installed Hollandstone brick pavers (patio)

We just had a hollandstone brick paver patio installed. One problem: wife had sent the contractor the wrong paver color. Patio is a “River” hollandstone from unilock (mostly tans with some blue/gray). ...
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Is it possible to replace the cover in this old landscape light?

I don't know what model of light fixture this is. I presume it is a few decades old like the house. It takes GU5.3 bulbs. The cover slips over the body (and the red o-ring) and holds the clear(ish) ...
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Should I be using this white pipe to drain my sump pump?

When I moved into this house earlier this year, the sump pump had a black hose connected to the pipe like the one here except the old one was super beat up (probably got ran over by a lawnmower). I ...
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Options for hanging string lights on patio?

I'm wanting to hang string lights to cover my 20x20 patio but struggling with the best option. I had been planning to use two 8' 4x4 posts secured to 26" half whiskey barrels by retrofit post ...
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Underground Storage Tank removed - 'Right' kind of fill?

I didn't find a similar topic on the site. I'm a first-time home owner who just closed on a property. While under contract, the seller had to remove an old UST (Underground Storage Tank) for an oil ...
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Should I lay artificial grass over pavers or sand?

We have limestone paving slabs throughout our entire garden but I'm hoping to do some artificial grass now in an area to break it up a bit. The slabs are 22mm thick. My question is, shall I just lay ...
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How would you repair this concrete block step?

I have a front porch/patio and back made out of pavers surround by large concrete blocks. Sometimes, the edge blocks come loose, especially here which is a very high traffic area. I think the lip ...
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Can you bury coax internet cables above power cables?

I am looking to bury both my main power line and my ethernet lines. I already started the process on both. When I purchased my home, the meter was in the back of the house with overhead lines, but I ...
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Can I create a re-closable flap in artificial grass to occasionally access a panel underneath? [closed]

I'll have an underground catch basin in middle of a small plot of artificial grass and I'd like to keep it covered with the artificial grass if possible. Can I just cut a flap and put it back down ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

I am looking to build a paver walkway along the side of my house. I would like to build it with an open graded base as that seems to be the preferred approach nowadays. With that said, I have been to ...
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Mildew at the base of exterior block wall

The back wall of my row house is made of uninsulated block with a cement coating that looks like stucco. There is mildew / mold on the wall at the ground level that has slowly been getting worse. The ...
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Lost huge shade tree now AC/temp is suffering - are sun shades an option?

Lost a huge shady camphor that filtered sunlight for about 75% of the house (1 story, ranch style, 1200sqft). Obviously another tree won't be viable for several decades but is there a way to use ...
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Is my Low Voltage 300W transformer sufficient for my lighting setup?

I have Hampton Bay low voltage 300W Digital Transformer . I like to know if it is adequate for my landscape lighting with the following details: Two wire runs of 12-gauge wire: 1st run is 55 feet ...
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Leaning sloped retaining wall

I’m trying to fix a 10 years old sloped leaning retaining wall on the side of the house. I have done a lot of research and the causes can be summarized as follow: Improper drainage that cause ...
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How to protect / conceal HVAC lines in yard

Our air conditioner was previously surrounded by two large trees which made it hard to get near it. Now that the trees are gone, the lines are exposed and I don't want someone tripping over them or ...
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Can I use a full whiskey barrel for sun shade sail with rocks instead of concrete?

I have a 20 x 10 sun shade. 3 sides will anchor to the house. The other corner I was hoping to anchor from a 8' 6" post put in a fully intact whiskey barrel. Just cut the top and place the post ...
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PVC size need for multiple 14/2 landscape wire [duplicate]

What size PVC do I need if I wanted a conduit to run 3 or 4 14/2 landscape wire for an under concrete PVC concrete install? And does schedule 40 or 80 matter for an under concrete install?
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landscape wire in pex piping for under concrete installation [closed]

I was planning to install some low voltage landscaping lights and I needed to go under a 10 foot wide concrete driveway. Can I use a flexible drill bit to dig a 1/2 wide hole and fish some 1/2 pex ...
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Property Survey Pins and Shifting Terrain

My neighbor helped me locate my iron property/survey pins with an industrial magnetic locator, and two of the pins were pretty much 6-8 inches below grade, but the other two were at least 12+ inches ...
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Best solution for cutting out mortar bedding?

I have been putting down porcelain tiles and I noticed one was slighly loose so I manageed to lift it up so that I can put new mortar down, slurry on the tile and place it back down. Question is what ...
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Can I join multiple underground PVC drainage pipes to a common outlet?

As described in a previous post I've discovered that I have corrugated drainage pipes, many of which are chock full of silt. Most of them are nearly level as well, which isn't super great. I'm ...
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How should this underground down-spout-in-yard-drain be appropriately installed?

I noticed a few weeks ago during the rainy season that underground drainage from my downspout was flooded and not draining right. I purchased a pressure washer attachment that promised to unclog ...
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Reinforcing a Vertically Plumb Concrete Block Retaining Wall

I'm in the process of replacing a retaining wall that was supporting a small "flower bed" in the front of this house because it had started to lean to the point it was unsafe. Unfortunately, ...
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What is this cementacious vein running underground by my house in flower bed? Can I jackhammer? Can I plant?

1952 build Maryland house. My wife wants to landscape the area on the south side of our house. We were planning on putting Otto Luyken English Laurel next to the house. Upon digging I notice this ...
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Can I use logs and stumps as driveway fill?

I am making a drive in a lot with some low spots. I am curious if anyone has insight or experience using trees cut from a lot as fill for a driveway, to make a level drive. The lot is all relatively ...
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Sprinkler system 1st zone just started to recycle when turned on all others work fine

1st zone just started to recycle ... pressure gauge is up and down quickly system is set to 50/30 cutoff. Yes all heads in zone 1 are working and putting out proper sprinkler spray however pump keeps ...
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Is it ok to sod or mulch over a leach field?

So we have nine people living in our house. Several teenagers means lots of showers and laundry. We have a pretty persistent wet spot at the end of our leach field but the system has been inspected ...
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How to solve the drain and sewerage issue along the street curb

Water always fills on our side of the street curb in front of my house. We have a curb drainage hole on this side, but water still fills up the curb on rainy days. During winter, water would freeze ...
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Rake handle screw keeps falling off

I keep having the same problem with leaf rakes. This screw works its way loose and it gets lost while raking. I have replaced it and kept going, but it is annoying. Is there any way to lock it in ...
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What type of drainage solution for water trapped between my walkway and foundation?

I have a walkway that runs 16 inches parallel to my foundation along the entire side of my house. The walkway elevation is also higher than the top of the foundation where it meets the brick. This ...
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Brick pavers with 25 - 35mm gaps - Any Issue?

Our landscaper has just finished laying about 35sqm of brick pavers. On inspection I noticed the majority are spaced with about a 20mm gap with some gaps as high as 35mm. Our driveway (which the ...
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How to protect Building foundation from Dry wells

We have installed 6 dry wells around the building as there was no empty space for drainage water. We did this as per the engineer's advice. Sand texture: It's clay Water table 2 ( During rainy season ...
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How to Lay Concrete Slabs [900mm x 600mm x 50mm] [closed]

I have a bunch of these concrete slabs to make a patio outside my garden house roughly 6ft width x 10ft length area. Can these be set on top of a sand screed [Slabs] Also what gap in between is ideal ...
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water drainage and fence building

I am a new homeowner and with the first summer coming up I am looking to do some renovation outside. The first thing I'd like to do is fence off my back yard so my dogs can roam instead of being ...
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Future Erosion Problem? Paver Patio

QUESTION: Is this paver patio a future erosion issue? Was this done properly? DETAILS: Paver patio is elevated on 6"+ of base material at farthest point from the house. Paver edges are secured ...
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Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

My yard is flooding! It has floway pit that connects directly to a 90deg PVC bend, then that connects to the storm water pipe via another 90deg bend. So there are two 90 deg bends in the span of 500mm....
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Landscape lighting (24V) flickering

I have 5 24V DC landscape lights connected to a 150Wx2 transformer. All the lights were working fine and suddenly 3 of them (all connected to the same line on the transformer) started flickering. ...
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