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What is this vertical metal pipe in my backyard? old well? septic?

Since the pole is so thick and there's only one of them, it could have been the base of a satellite dish - like one of the old 8' dishes (big, not sure of exact measurements). The height is about ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Where I live (NJ, USA) it's illegal to bury a pool. If the pool was filled with soil and hidden it's possible you would have recourse to get the person who did it to pay for remediation. Unlikely ...
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What is the purpose of flanged plugs?

The flanged plug is a UL White Book requirement Aside from approving safe equipment, UL has a second unrelated role: they are the author of the appliance safety standards (apocryphally known as the &...
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What is the purpose of flanged plugs?

It prevents exposing the cord prongs when the plug is partially inserted. So when you hit the end of the cord and the device unplugs itself, there is no chance for things to contact the prongs while ...
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What is this stake in my yard and can I remove it?

Looks like a run-of-the-mill landscape stake to me. They're used for securing plastic edging, fabric, etc. Could also be a tent peg. It's a horse apiece. I'd give it a few taps with a hammer to ...
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What is this vertical metal pipe in my backyard? old well? septic?

My vote is that it is for a clothes line/rack. Water is just accumulated over the years from rain. Example 1: Example 2:
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

You need to be careful how much you impede the natural flow of water off your neighbor's yard. If your property is downhill of your neighbor's, the water flows naturally from his property to yours. ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

So put a drain channel along the edge of the fence - even a trench filled with gravel can help. Then create some raised beds where you can control the water ie humidity and it can help with pests as ...
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What is the purpose of flanged plugs?

Flanged plugs in general avoid ingress of conductive materials, like wet grass or salted snow/slush (perhaps your case) avoid egress of sparks in explosion sensitive areas like gas stations, oil rigs ...
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What is this mysterious pipe in my back yard?

This could be part of a larger yard drainage system. It could let water from the screened end of the pipe drain out into some buried drain field. It could also drain onto a deep buried french drain ...
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Moving a bottomless metal shed

Prepare the base for the shed and tiles in the new location. Unscrew the shed. Set it aside. Move the tiles to the new location. Move the shed onto the tiles. Screw the shed down. If moving the whole ...
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What is this stake in my yard and can I remove it?

Most municipalities and counties maintain a central resource of buried utility line locations. Here in New England it's telephone 888-DIG-SAFE. In most of the U.S. you can start with telephone 811. ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Normally you would put that into a "dry well" to terminate it underground. That's a large, perforated drum-like thing. 50 and 330 gallons are common sizes, but there are many others. It's ...
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What is this mysterious pipe in my back yard?

Looks like a rain gutter or sump pump outlet. Place a noisy device directed into it and walk around and listen. You could probably bury the white pipe and just leave the grille exposed, flush with ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A small trench may not help, but most certainly a full-on dry well with some French Drain buried along the property boundary will do the trick. That's a lot of work, but it is the solution. Keep in ...
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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

"Landscape Timber" or, sometimes, "used railroad tie" - but "landscape timber" is what you'll find at most typical lumber suppliers. They will typically last several years - if well pressure-treated,...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

Sounds like a nice size Koi pod; I am jealous , mine is only 5 X 10. Depending on intended use , filling it is a option. Use any cheap fill then put about 6 in. of topsoil on top. At Koi / pond club ...
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Put them in the grill and get them HOT! Then use a wire brush and scrub the scale and rust off. After that I usually coat them with olive oil but any cooking oil will work.
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Increase Thickness of Concrete Pad (for BBQ Island)

I would drill a few/bunch of holes in the old concrete and fill with short steel rods/rebar/bolts as anchors. About two inches above the old level, and in about two inches in the old concrete. Fill ...
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How do I limit the water flowing through my neighbor's fence into my yard?

A quick and easy solution would be to get a 2" x 12" x 10' P.T.board and bury it a few inches into the ground along the fence and screw it into the bottom of the fence. You could extend it as far as ...
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What is this mysterious pipe in my back yard?

It's an NDS Pro pop-up drainage emitter http://www.ndspro.com/catalog/category/view/s/pop-up-emitters/id/227/ I took the approach of noticing the acronym on the cap, figuring out what company it was ...
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What is this vertical metal pipe in my backyard? old well? septic?

Remnant of a basketball pole, maybe?
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What are these two Sewer Pipes Coming up Out the Ground?

They are probably additional clean-out-points - my local inspector wants one every 50 feet (15 meters) along the line. But my comment that you should ask the people who put them in, who would know, ...
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Increase Thickness of Concrete Pad (for BBQ Island)

There's no need to raise it that much. Put on ~1/2" of thinset, with proper slope for drainage (so, not 1/2" evenly, if it puddles now. Slope at 1/8" per foot towards the edges so water ...
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How to terminate a soil drain pipe into the earth and avoid blockages

Just finished landscaping my garden. They diverted the drainage pipe in a pit where my rainwater tank got embedded with crushed rock. Then they covered the crushed rock with water permeable geotextile,...
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Soak them overnight in vinegar. It works like magic to remove rust. Afterwards rub them with oil or they will get rusty again.
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How to clean rusty grill grates?

Excellent electrolysis results: You need: One rusty grill grate. A plastic container. Some DC power source. An iron plate (NB pure iron, NOT stainless steel!). Sodium hydroxide, NaOH (alternatively ...
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How should I remove a swimming pool from my back yard?

To propose one solution to my question: rent a ride-on-back skidsteer with a jackhammer attachment, break it all up (bottom included for drainage) then backfill with dirt. Not sure if there would be ...
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How can I drill precisely located holes at the top end of 11' steel poles?

Having failed to plan, do it another way that is functional, but does not invove drilling holes 11 feet in the air. Pipe clamps with threaded holes (usually used to hold the pipe up, but you can use ...
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How to locate septic lid in yard

Look for a cleanout. That's a pipe sticking up out of the ground with a plug. That might give you a general idea where the tank is or at least what side of the house its on. The tank will usually be a ...
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