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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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How can I easily and accurately perform a small-scale landscape survey?

Summary Is there any equipment that I can rent 'inexpensively' (less than $400) that would allow 1-2 people to accurately (+/- 6") capture the topography of hilly terrain of perhaps 250' on a ...
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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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How to seal crevices in dry stack rock wall to prevent gopher activity?

I've recently had a retainer wall built in the landscape using the dry-stack method (see photos). Unfortunately, there has already been two occasions within past month of gopher activity behind the ...
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Barrier of Plastic sheeting between wood and dirt

I'm looking for the way to make the pressure treated wood in my project last the longest possible. I want to put a piece of plastic (black) sheeting to protect the 2x12s being used for a new retainer ...
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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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What would “level with the driveway” mean exactly

Working on a big gravel patio project and already asked three questions here about it (1, 2, 3). Now, a third one, which may seem not so important, but if I make the wrong decision, it will be ...
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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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Overflow Pipe Popped off Drywell

After a severe rainstorm I noticed the back overflow pipe of our drywell 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 ...
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How much gravel to remove to plant grass?

I'm removing tiny (1cm) landscaping gravel from my backyard in hopes of putting down topsoil and then grass seed. I'm having a hard time getting all the pebbles up. I'm going to be adding, at ...
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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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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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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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What is this type of slab called?

I am trying to build something like this and I do not know what is the generic name for this type of slab. What is it called? I want to use it in the above mentioned design
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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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How to pave a small area but get maximum drainage / permeability

TL;DR: How should one going about creating a hard, smooth surface that drains well, where slope can't be used to achieve the drainage. We have a small 1/10th acre city lot, and two large dogs. Their ...
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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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Should an irrigation manifold/valve box be situated in the yard (centipede) or landscaping (pine straw)? [closed]

In fixing a broken irrigation system, the manifold and all valves have been disconnected and will be relocated in at least some way. The previous setup used round access portals and was neglected for ...
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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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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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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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Can I build a 28" retaining wall using blocks with no lip?

I am building a wall that is 10.5' long and 28" high. There will also be side walls sloping down from both corners to enclose a patio. I would like to use blocks that are 15" wide, 5" tall and 8" deep,...
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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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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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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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Grading soft white sandy soil in central Florida with only a Bobcat?

I have a 1/4 acre vacant lot in Central Florida in an undeveloped area. Two of my neighbors are about 4' higher in elevation according to Google Earth, though I stood there and don't see it or ...
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How do I prevent water from getting in my landscape spotlight extension cord

If I plug a two prong outdoor spotlight into a three prong grounded extension cord would water getting into the empty hole in the three prong cause the circuit to trip?
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Make stairs that don't require a handrail

Looking at some building codes and it seems that if I do 3 steps and then a 3 foot landing, then another 3 steps and another 3 foot landing, repeating this pattern I don't need any railing. Is this ...
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How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?

Two people laying paving stones, total area 5m x 3m, paving stones approximately 300x300, 300x600 and 600x600. Roughly how many man hours is reasonable for this? In particular, once dug out and hard ...
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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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Pavers vs concrete walkway

What are the pros and cons of constructing a walkway with pavers instead of concrete? Also if pavers are used for the walkway will they eventually have to be replaced? Can weather affect the pavers ...
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How can I determine existing well PSI / GPM for dedicated irrigation well

I've purchased a home that has an existing irrigation system installed that is hooked up to a well that is exclusively supplying the irrigation system. I live in FL in a very flat area, so we have ...
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Retaining wall on a sloped backyard won't dry

I have a sloped back yard. The ground is saturated in front of the retaining wall. I used rock landscaping material and the water is not leaking from the wall. We have had a lot of rain and I've got ...
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Landscape Lighting Wiring: Looping vs Straight

Context I'm looking to install some low voltage (12v) landscape lighting in front of my house. I had helped a friend in the past install some in their front yard using the straight method. However, I ...
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Will an old oak tree close to my house cause problems?

I'm considering buying a 45 year old house. The house is in good condition, and has a big old oak tree 15 or 20 feet from the back of the house. It's a beautiful tree, clearly as old as the house, but ...
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How can this older-style irrigation tee be replaced?

This reducer tee had a right-angle piece break off inside of it for a feeder line. I tried cutting the black broken piece inside of the reducer section without success. I'm used to schedule-40 PVC, ...
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Found a buried ~2 in ABS pipe near my foundation, what could it be used for?

I was digging a hole to plant a new tree near my home and while digging I found a 2 inches (or 1 1/2 - I didn't measure it) ABS pipe (the same you use for a sink drain in a bathroom) buried about 2-3 ...
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How do I attach gutters to a french drain, does the perforated pipe need to run entire distance?

We have an ongoing problem with water pooling in a pseudo gulley between my house and my neighbors house. We have water that drains from the backyards to this area, along with two gutter roof drainage ...
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Gluing concrete blocks for landscaping

I'm actually rebuilding my terrace replacing pressure treated 6x6 retaining walls with 18x6x4 35 pounds concrete blocks. Max wall height is about 20" but there is two levels so total height is about ...
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What “gravel” is composed of 50% clay, 25% sand and 25% small stones?

As a supplement to this question. I ordered gravel to gravel my driveway. My wife accepted the delivery. When I got home what they had dropped was over 50% clay and equal parts sand and small stones. ...