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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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What kind of soil mix to use for grading the perimeter of house to keep water away from basement?

To help divert water away from my home's foundation, I am trying to improve the grade of the landscape around the perimeter of the house. I suffered a flooded basement (about 1" or so) from ...
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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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Is it safe to spray herbicide on the bark of a tree if you don't get it on the leaves? [closed]

I've got a bunch of poison ivy growing up a tree. I'd like to kill the poison ivy, but obviously not the tree it is growing on. It is just about impossible to spray the ivy without hitting the tree, ...
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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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What should be done with dirt from digging out sewer drain pipe?

I had a backed up sewer drain, and had to have it cleared. I also had it scoped and was told it was broken. I have dug a 4'x4'x4' hole to get to it - and found out it was completely shattered. I am ...
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Can plants be planted over a drain field?

The previous owner of my house planted plants and small bushes where the drain field is. I have a feeling that the roots will eventually damage the drains. Is this okay or should I remove them?
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Sawdust from treated wood on my lawn

Over the weekend I built a playhouse for my kids in the back yard using pressure treated lumber. As I was cleaning up I realized that my lawn was covered in chemical laden sawdust. Has anyone here ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are good cleaners to use on pruning shears?

I'm new to the realm of shrubbery trimming, though have gotten some good results already. Now, however, I need to clean my pruning shears so they don't rust / get sticky. What are good cleansers to ...
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Drought-Resistant Lawn/Turf Recommendation For Area Above Septic

We recently had a new septic system installed in the front yard. The installation went fine but the front-yard is quite bare now (almost all dirt). I want to have a nice lawn in front but am ...
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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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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 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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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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Is there anything else I should be concerned about while run low voltage landscaping cable through an exterior wall?

I'm hooking up a 300 watt toroidal magnetic transformer located in my garage; it's rated for inside and outside use, I'm using its plug into a GFI circuit, and I'm using 12/2 (12vac) power cable rated ...
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Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation

I have a little area between our deck and garage that would be perfect for the grill. Right now it is dirt, with nothing but dandelions thriving. +---HOUSE---------- | {-----...
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How do I stop weeds in desert landscaping?

The primary culprit is actually grass. Grass killer isn't an option because there are fruit trees involved. My understanding is that a couple of inches of rock will stop them. My wife disagrees. ...
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Exterior lighting: Is a round waterproof lampholder ACTUALLY compatible with a rectangular housing?

I happened to be at Home Depot for something else, so I didn't get a good look at our exterior floodlights that need to be replaced (they're about 13 years old and don't work anymore). So I picked up ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to have a pond that doesn't require a pump for circulation?

So I'm trying to build a garden pond but I don't have any power. Is it possible to have a pond that doesn't require a pump for circulation? I do plan on having fish and so plants
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Considerations for DIY backyard landscaping

We have a good-sized backyard measuring maybe 25'x25'. It's on a gentle slope (maybe 2.5 feet down) from the back of the house to the back of the lot (the whole block slopes downhill from the street ...
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How can I make an even ground for a garden nursery, without using concrete?

I want to make a garden nursery. I know that many use concrete for this purpose but I would like to find out if there is a cheaper alternative. My requirement is simple - the ground should be even to ...
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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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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?