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How to make a Ø25cm notch/groove/slot, 20mm thick, 10cm deep, in the ground? [closed]

Strange need isn't it? It is to seal no bottom pots in the soil, like in the following photo but without the bottoms: It is a circular notch or a groove or a slot, not a hole. I have imagined this ...
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Large Ant population in yard - problematic? [closed]

I have a significant portion of my back yard (1 acre) that is VERY sandy soil. In that area, there are a lot of ants, and between the beginning of summer and the end of summer, they make so many ant ...
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How will a rutted farm road get worse if it is not repaired?

On a vacant lot in the northeast US, used for haying in the past, myself and a few other people started different farming projects on it. It is very wet and had an especially wet year in the past. ...
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For a rutted farm road, what is needed to fix it and how much worse would it get? [closed]

On a vacant lot in the northeast US, used for haying in the past, myself and a few other people started different farming projects on it. It is very wet and had an especially wet year in the past. ...
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How to drain grey water in clay ground in safe and secured manner

I have a building which sits on top of clay ground so I couldn't soak away the grey water. I explored solutions like leechfield,soakaway,cement ring well but all fails in clay ground. I'd like some ...
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Using tarpaulin to stop soil absorbing to rain, trying to prevent foundation damage

There is a forecast for several inches of rain between Thursday and Sunday here. I am in an old brick home with a sandstone block foundation. The soils are clay in this area. There is a rather large ...
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How far should cement ring well be from building wall

I have a Residential building(India) which has no space in both front and back yard. It's a newly built two storey building( 3 houses ). There is 5 feet space available parallel to building wall. As ...
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In-ground base foundation

Do not know if I’m under engineered. 4 feet in depth, individual 3000lb block to form walls (seating area), on geogrid between 6” of 1 1/2 angular stone, and on top of blackland prairie soil.. I have ...
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Voltage between neutral line and soil?

I am feeling unpleasant electric shock when I touch metal water pipes or faucets. This happens also when the main breaker is off (L1, L2 and L3). This rules out my appliances (hot water boiler and etc....
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Exposed foundation and large egress well - need help

New to this website. I wanted to ask a question regarding our new home that is being built. There is a large chunk of foundation in one corner of the house that is exposed, along with a very tall ...
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How long does it take for ground to become sufficiently compact to bear the weight of an above-ground pool?

The back of my property has a couple of drops down toward the final elevation, sort of a terraced effect. The first of those drops I retained with a timber retaining wall in order to make the ...
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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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How to excavate hole when only 30% of perimeter is accessible to tractor?

I need to dig a circular hole, 20 ft in diameter, and approximately 4 ft deep. The shape is important, it shouldn't be approximately a circle, but a nice clean circle. The bottom can be flat or round, ...
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Any problem to build a house that covers a same-sized hole in the ground? [closed]

I have recently bought a piece of land to build a country cottage and perhaps eventually move there permanently. The terrain is sloped with only a few flat spots. The former owners dug a large ...
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42" Elevated Foundation Build in Coastal NC

What are the best practices for residential elevated foundation 42" construction in Coastal NC? I have read alot about: soil tests, compacted fill, 4" of gravel on top of compacted fill, ...
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Is gravel necessary for post hole drainage in sandy Florida soil?

I am installing 6’ vinyl privacy fence in FLORIDA. I would like to think the sandy soil would drain well enough. The labor and cost of digging deeper holes and buying and delivering gravel doesn’t ...
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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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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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Wood fence posts in clay

I'm installing a wooden fence around my back yard using prebuilt cedar panels and 10 ft (3+ m) 4x4 pressure treated posts buried 3 1/2 to 4ft (1+ m) deep. The posts are packed in with pea gravel to ...
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Why don't segmental retaining walls need any piers or anchoring below grade?

I have built two soldier pile retaining walls (where you slot the boards between I-Beams you sink into the ground) with good success - but that success was due to: sinking the piles at least their ...
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Slope has gobbled up the retaining walls

A few tiered retaining walls were built on a slope on my property about 70 years ago. By now they have been completely consumed by the slope as you can see on the picture below where, in the white ...
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Prevent Dirt Movement Down Slope Through Gap Under Fence

I have a fence that separates my land from my neighbors and I'd like to figure out how to prevent dirt from washing onto my land from the 2" gap under the fence. It's a painted wood fence with ...
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Cementing in around soil pipe exiting around brick wall. Is this required?

I've had a loft extension done on my house, all has gone pretty well. The last snagging point was that I spotted that the soil pipe hadn't been sealed in where it exits the wall. The guy on site put ...
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Auto-cleaning room (CIP for the ground?)

In breweries, we used CIP (clean in place) to cleanin and sanitize vessel. Here, I have a room (a production room for beverages) with slope on the ground and a gutter all room long because I have to ...
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What could cause a wet soil / moisture smell on concrete slab

I have a wet soil smell coming from the living room concrete slab. I had to remove all the tile in the leaving room. A remediation company came, they removed the drywall and dehumidified the place, ...
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How can I prevent my AC condensate pipe from making my soil soggy?

I live in a Townhouse in NC, in a community under a HOA management. I've been doing some improvements on my patio. One of them that I couldn't find a solution is what to do with the condensed water ...
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Clay and Gravel Liquefaction for Paver Installation

I have recently started digging and laying the base for a patio with pavers. Its roughly 300 sqft and the soil is made of clay. I dug around 7" deep to have 4" gravel layer, 1" sand an 2" for the ...
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Options to keep soil in split-grade backyard [closed]

All of the houses in our neighbourhood have a "naturally" sloping backyard, which slopes downwards from the house. The spread is about 6-8" over 15-20 feet depending on the yard. Neighbours on both ...
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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 ...