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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 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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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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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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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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Should an irrigation manifold/valve box be situated in the yard (centipede) or landscaping (pine straw)?

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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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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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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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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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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What if i buy land? [closed]

I'm thinking into buying land so i can build a home but my thing is, the home part would probably take some time before actually starting construction. My question is what do i have to look forward to ...
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Gabion cage retaining walls: drainage and deadman needs?

I'm having some difficulty finding information about gabion retaining wall construction. We're building a 2' high gabion cage wall to hold back 2' of flat topsoil backfill. There are two aspects I ...
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Dirt Driveway Repairs

I have a long dirt driveway that is riddled with potholes. I can’t afford to have the repair done for me or even to rent a bobcat. My thought is to have a load of driveway mix/stonecrete delivered ...
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How can I make use of bricks, rock and miscellaneous fill left in my yard?

I bought a house last fall and now that spring is here i am cleaning up the yard. I have been finding alot of bricks, brick sized rocks and brick sized miscellaneous fill (peices asphalt, rock ...
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What can cause bubbling mud?

https://vimeo.com/326120553 I have a bubbling puddle of mud near my house. It's not my water or sewage lines, I already had the water company come check it out. It doesn't smell like natural gas. ...
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What is the proper anatomy of a mulched sitting area in which nothing will grow?

I have done mulched gardens before and am familiar with the steps involved in that. Now I have a slightly different project. I want to dig out an area of my yard that will have a bench and two ...
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How to stabilize decomposed granite after installation

We had a professional landscaping company install decomposed granite in our front and back yard. They were supposed to use decomposed granite with a stabilizer but instead used a weed sprayer to ...
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Convert concrete stairs to limestone stairs

I have a narrow concrete stair front door like so: I want to make it larger and nicer like this It doesn't need to be limestone but any outdoor stones/tiles is fine. Some questions: Can I make it "...
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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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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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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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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 ...