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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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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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Making a path less slippery

I have a path (in Indonesia; rainfall 4000 mm per year) that is a combination of steps and slope. This picture shows a relatively steep slope over a brief section that's a bridge over a hole. The ...
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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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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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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 side in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

First off, this is NOT to be confused with the following question: What could happen if I used 4 cycle fuel in a 2 cycle engine? 2 cycle oil is used for my weed eater. There is no way I could use a ...
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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 ...
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What type of dirt do I need to fix holes in my driveway

I apologize for this being a very basic question. I have several holes and low spots in my dirt driveway (see picture below). I want to fix it in the upcoming spring but I do not know what i would ...
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Can a retaining wall follow a slope?

We've got a 50' stretch of yard that has a very gentle side to side slope that we can't easily eliminate (fences on each side built at different heights). We want to build a retaining wall along that ...
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Laying new paving slabs on existing paving base

I've moved into a new-build house that already has some concrete paving slabs/flagstones laid in the back garden that I'd like to replace with slate paving. After lifting some of the existing slabs ...
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Building a raised wall for a pond

We are looking to build a small pond (9'x18'x6'), but we want the edge to be raised up about 8". I am thinking about using CMUs (Concrete Masonry Units) which are 8x8x16. The entire pond will be lined ...
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What is the purpose of ABS pipe in an irrigation manifold

I need to replace a failed electric valve in my drip irrigation manifold. The pipes leading to each valve are 3/4" PVC, but they in turn are enclosed in what looks like black ABS pipe, at least 1/2" ...
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How to install rubber paver around edges of synthetic grass area?

I have a 15x20 synthetic grass area and I want to put something "soft" around the edges for the kid. My plan is to use rubber paver: Like the 16x16 from Lowe's: http://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubberific-...
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Flex Drain - personal opinion from an experienced user

I am now working on extending my downspout under the sidewalk. Not something too complicated, just to distance the water a few extra feet away from the house. While researching about different pipe ...
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Fill drained rocks or gravels around tree base surrounding by deck

I am building a low level deck around a tree that is almost 7 feet diameter. This is the framing right now: Originally I wanted to build a bench around it but I ran out of time and decking boards; ...
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Do I need to use Artificial Grass Tape brand?

If I buy one brand of the artificial grass and I need to seam the connections, can I use the grass tapes sold at the local home improvement store? As I need to grab something as I go and only "SYNLawn ...
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How can I mark capped drip line outlets from irrigation systems?

The previous owner of my house installed drip lines all of their gardens. In one garden we tarped, mulched, and planted succulents. We don't want that much water in that bed, so I removed the drip ...
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basement sump pump water level above drain tile

We bought our house in December of 2015. House is situated at bottom of the slope (backyard is slopping towards the back of the house not very steep - but still negative slope). House has sump pump ...
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Building a retaining wall around our shed - moisture barrier needed?

I'd like to build a retaining wall/large planter around our shed to create some scenery and block the "crawspace" underneath the shed. Should we use a moisture barrier against the exterior walls of ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

I have a boulder/rock that is about 2 feet long and 1.5 feet in diameter. It is too heavy to lift and I would like to break it into smaller pieces. Without power tools, are there any good methods ...
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Rebuilding a septic drain field

When rebuilding a drain field, is it imperative to dig individual trenches for each "tine" of the drain pipe "fork", or would it be possible to just dig one big hole to lay all the piping down. If I ...
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Waterproofing a basement before finishing it

So I currently own a home to which I would like to finish off the basement in the near future. Currently the basement is just concrete with cinder block walls on the outside. I have a normal sump ...
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Concrete slabs and block paving - painting

I have concrete block paving and concrete slabs that I would like to paint to reuse, renovate, rejuvenate. Any suggestions whether painting would do the trick? The block paving is in the driveway ...
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Should I build a deck over my existing concrete patio or other?

I have a very challenging, small, north facing, graded back yard. The lowest portion of the yard is totally unusable. Attached to the house is a small concrete patio slab that at the highest point is ...
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What are my options for installing a water softener on the opposite side of the house from the main water supply?

Background Info My main water supply on my home is located on the east wall of the home, whereas my garage is located on the west side of the home. There is no water softener loop in the home, and in ...