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What is the best way to remove large amounts of rubble from a backyard with narrow access (1.2 m wide) and a steep (30 degree) driveway?

I have been removing around 30 cubic meters of dirt and broken rock that I have excavated manually from our backyard using a jackhammer. The access to the backyard is limited through a narrow corridor ...
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Stabilizing a Decorative Garden Wall

I am planning out a zen garden, and wanted something to block the view of our elevated patio, so if you are sitting out in the garden it will really be like being in a different world. I saw this ...
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Maximum rise on outdoor steps

I am working with a contractor to build stone/cinder block steps on a 30 to 35 degree slope. He is thinking to put 10 inch risers. Although that is above the level I am seeing in my cursory search (...
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Non-contact voltage testing on 12vac landscape lighting

I have 12V AC landscape lighting. Some of the lights are not turning on, so I got one of these 12v AC non-contact testers to try to determine if the cables have been chewed through, etc.: https://www....
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What order to install landscaping, sprinkling for new house?

What is the best order / project plan to install landscaping for a new home? I will be starting with a rough graded lot and rain gutters with downspouts. I need to do the following things, what is ...
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Building a block wall up a steep slope

I would like to build a block wall up a steep slope, maybe 30%, and I don’t want to “stair step” the top, keeping it level, because it would render the wall nearly useless at the low points. If I have ...
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Finished grade in my yard is pure clay. How much topsoil should I add?

Ever since we moved into our home, the backyard grading has needed work. It basically slopes right into the back of the house. I put in a small trench a few feet away from the foundation to divert ...
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What is the purpose of a 6" base gravel layer in patio installation?

All standard drawings for patio installation show a base gravel layer. What is the purpose of this layer? Depending on the answer, I am curious what this forum feels about this product as replacement ...
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Purpose of the wooden board in the ground

Close to the foundation, there is a wooden board, I assume pressure-treated, in the ground. It looks pretty old and started to rot. I can't think of anything it is attached to. What purpose could it ...
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How to hide HVAC compressor? [closed]

We are trying to make our side yard look aesthetically pleasing. The HVAC compressor cage is an eyesore, as shown in pic below (the gutter were only temporarily removed for painting). What can we do ...
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What mil thickness for water barrier on landscape?

I had a structural engineer come out today who said I'm borderline needing to stabilize my foundation. He said, if I can manage the water outside my house better, I would be very much likely to need ...
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Matching style of joints between Belgium blocks

I'm looking to lay a new section of Belgium blocks to border a new flower bed. However, the existing Belgium blocks have a joint connecting each block that protrudes outward. It is not clear to me ...
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Could hedges help in reducing noise?

We live on a busy street with sound of tires and revving engines. We were wondering if hedges could help reduce the sound that comes into the house? if not, what other alternatives can we try? We ...
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What Are the Percentage Markings on this Stormwater Management Drawing?

We purchased a house in Arlington Co, Virginia, and there is a "Micro-bioretention facility" in the middle of the backyard, making the back yard almost useless for enjoyment. In order to ...
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Landscape lighting wire rough in for future, what wire, how deep? Other things to consider?

I am currently working on my landscaping and I have a concrete pour planned for the front paths. I'd like to rough in landscape wire for future lighting. What kind of wire should I use, how deep ...
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How to get retaining blocks with a set end angle

I am trying to section off hexagonal areas in my yard. My initial thought was to get those trapezoidal blocks you can use to build retaining walls (Home Depot refers to them as Retaining Wall Blocks), ...
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Quarry block sunken firepit

I want to put limestone blocks 2x2x5’ for seats in a 10x12, 4’ deep fireplace area, I rented a digger and dig a good amount and plan to put 6” of bass or minus then the blocks around the pit.. will it ...
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Can I make a raised flowerbed against my siding?

I want to make a slightly raised flowerbed at the front of my house. The flowerbed would be about 9 inches high and made out of landscaping blocks for the front edge/wall. The issue is that it would ...
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Help Identifying hose [closed]

So in the back of the property i'm currently running direct burial cable to the shed,, while digging the trench i came across the hose pictured. I know for a fact it has nothing to do with us,and ...
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How to prevent outdoor landscape light water leaks?

I installed low voltage landscape lights on our fencing around the perimeter of our backyard in September. The lights are supposed to be IP66 waterproof, but within a month of installing, I found ...
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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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What does "adjacent to water pipes within 3 feet of grade" mean?

Looking to see if I need to be careful using Termidor around water pipes and it says Treatment of soil adjacent to water pipes within 3 feet of grade should only be done by the backfill method. What ...
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Dealing with incline from back door to fence

We have plans for a new house build - see my attached crude mockup where the front of the house is on the left and the backyard is the green shaded area. The land has up to 1.8m incline from front to ...
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What's the best way to connect up the outlet of a plastic tube so it doesn't clog?

I have a fountain/stream setup in my front yard. Water comes out of the bottom of the fountain, goes through a stream, and at the end of the stream is a pump that sends the water back to the fountain ...
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Footing required for a low garden wall?

Location is Northern New Jersey. I'm looking to build a low garden wall; approx. 18 inches high. Current plan is cinder block faced with thin brick and capped with real brick. It isn't a true ...
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How can I protect existing fence pickets/rails from raised garden/lawn soil rot

I have an existing fence which goes some way into the soil and we are cleaning and painting it then we plan on further raising the garden and lawn. What are the best ways to protect the partially ...
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Is this species of stone wall-worthy

There are a lot of stones on my property of the kind shown in the picture. They are hard and heavy, but extremely brittle. The pictures shows half of a stone that I dropped from about 2' high on ...
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Break wall has void under a corner

My break wall on the lake has a 8” high by 2’ wide void under a corner and is leaking into my retaining wall chamber. It is under the water line. How can I fill this hole?
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Proper base for stone walkways

The stone walkways around my house have all come apart to various degrees. I'd like to find a solution that will last for at least a few years. Is pouring a concrete base the right way to go? Or is ...
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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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Widening my driveway

I removed some trees and now widening my driveway as illustrated in the image below. Not sure how to proceed because I'm stuck on the following questions: What type of driveway is it? Dirt? Crushed ...
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How to trace corrugated drain pipe without digging up my whole yard?

I have a 6” corrugated drain pipe that my gutters on the back of my house drain into, and then the drain pipe runs underground along the side of my house. I’m not 100% sure where it ends. I’m looking ...
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Crushed cinder block a substitute for crushed stone?

I have two projects and I'm hoping there's a synergy between them. The first project is the demolition of a small cinder block wall that has just been completed. The second project is building a ...
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Underground electrical box?

The picture shows the spot in my front yard where an outlet used to be. There is a fourth wire not visible in the picture. We have since brought the grade down about two feet and it no longer makes ...
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GFCI Electrical outlet near outdoor fountain wall - Shutoff switch needed?

I'm installing an outdoor electrical outlet on the back side of a fountain wall. Basically it's a 5 foot tall wall that flows water down the front of it, into a catch basin where it is pumped back to ...
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BMP Drain Inspection

We have a new house, and we were going through our "stuff to do each year" list in the house manual. We have what we colloquially refer to as a "box of rocks" that's part of the ...
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Do I need to grade my turf for drainage in a small plot

So I have a townhouse with a small 20'x 30' backyard with a 20' x 7' garden in the rear that I'm converting into artificial grass (the green area in my diagram). I'm keeping 2 large tree-like shrubs ...
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What kind of sand and gravel for artificial grass

I'm trying to buy some gravel and sand for the base and infill of artificial grass from home depot but am confused by the variety and types of sand and gravel. Is just a general-purpose sand and ...
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Curb water shut off access pipe too high

After removing a tree, the grade on the front of my property changed, exposing the water cut off access pipe (not sure what it's actually called). How should I go about cutting it down. Is it a DIY ...
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Vegetable Garden Fence Design with 2x2 Posts

Let's start with the tl;dr: I'm starting a new vegetable garden and need to put up a fence around it. 16'x12', constructed of wood and metal poultry netting. My goals are to ensure that: Squirrels, ...
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How much sturdier are through mix pavers vs face mix?

I’m adding pavers to a section in the backyard ~320 sqft worth around concrete surrounding a pool. I found face mix pavers but am hearing that I should use through mix pavers. I’m not seeing much ...
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What is this tank?

There was a spigot that was randomly in our yard when we first moved in a couple months ago. Now that the weather is somewhat warmer, I decided to finally dig it up and find the source of water. While ...
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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 make layout batter boards for shed level without rotary laser?

I am trying to build a shed on a bit of a slope in my backyard. From what I understand, the best way to lay out the outline of the shed is with batter boards. I attempted to use a water level today ...
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How to Adjust/Re-square 4' x 4' Concrete Slab

I have an approximately 4' x 4'concrete slab outside the door to my garage, like a small porch or whatever (see pic). Over the ~20 years life of the house it has moved, probably along with the dirt, ...
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Should this retaining wall have drainage

Should the wall in the picture below have better drainage (e.g. perforated pipes)? And, if yes, is it possible to add them at this point? The walkway above has the same slate top you see at the very ...
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how to tell if a remote lot ever floods?

Any way to tell if some remote lots I have ever floods? It's 3 hours away and i've been there a few times and even after rains seems not, but I'd like to be sure. would driving some white wood ...
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Overflow pipe popped off dry well

After a severe rainstorm I noticed the back overflow pipe of our dry well popped out of the ground. I went back and set it back into place but after inspecting the area, I noticed a lot of erosion ...