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Old concrete floor in garage. Animals digging in the holes

The burrowing is unlikely to sink the concrete. Having said that, depending on the size of the holes, you have several options: -- get a sac of mortar mix, add water, mix and spread. This the cheapest ...
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Old concrete floor in garage. Animals digging in the holes

It is probably ants. Either get a commercial bait for insects that you can place around the hole. Or, just drown them with your choice of liquid (pour it until it overflows and keep repeating). ...
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What is this material between the floor and the foundation of my garage?

It is closed cell Expansion material. It was installed to give the two opposing slabs room to expand, while still keeping water out.
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How to restore my tile pavement?

Looks like you have some kind of paver patio. Not clear if it's all on concrete base or aggregate, but the "step" at least appears to have a hard setting material. Anything you put there ...
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Garage dry wall to floor question

My solution for my basement was to stop the drywall about 2" above floor level, to avoid wicking up any moisture on the floor, and cover the remaining gap with baseboards made out of 1x4 pressure ...
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Don't know who to contact about small but complicated animal intrusion/crumbling

Updated after the first round of photos added: Is the affected area the lowest area in the locale, and does water pond there (or used to before the hole appeared)? If so the first step would be water ...
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Looking for some tips on fixing a railing

Hmmm... can you unscrew the flanges from the rest of the railing? I see some screws the side of the flange. Otherwise, the hammerdrill seems to be your best solution.
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Connecting two Aluminium post together

Those posts are only 6ft long and are designed to be surface mounted to concrete footings. You need to buy the 8ft version which is designed to be in-ground inserted into concrete as per the ...
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Toilet flange 2.5” above concrete basement floor - raise floor?

An Oatey Twist-n-Set won't work for you, unless you raise the floor even more. The part has an almost 3.5" depth, requiring the receiving pipe to be straight for at least that depth. It looks ...
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6in vs 4.5in of concrete for driveway

HI I am a road construction inspector .concrete is the way to build a driveway .6in with 1 ft of 3/4 in gravel compacted with a vibrating roller .1/2 rebar or mesh 2 inches off ground with a broom ...
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DIY Basement walkout

I'm reading the above as "the steps I have identified so far." Also I have the understanding that the door into the basement will be in (below) the section of wall to the right of the garage ...
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Should the high side of a concrete block retaining wall be sealed?

It's likely moisture will seep through the CMU from the back (high dirt) side and get behind the stucco finish causing it to crack and flake, possibly mildew if it were really wet/damp. You could ...
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Rotted Rim Joist/Sill Plate Behind Concrete Patio

That's a tough one, and needs to be done by someone who has tackled this type of stuff before. I believe you are right, the slab was poured tight to the siding at least, and trapped moisture against ...
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Rotted Rim Joist/Sill Plate Behind Concrete Patio

That looks like a precast slab from here. I'd consider getting some help and moving it to see what access that provides. The critical aspect to this repair is to prevent further damage, so start with ...
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How to repair these concrete steps?

The bricks should be laid back in place where they once were, even if they were not the original. Wood that would serve as a backer for anything would be unstable. Wood expands and contracts with ...
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How do I stop the paint bubbling off and concrete cap?

A good paint should not peel like you have. Scrape off the peeled paint. Repaint with an epoxy primer and epoxy paint. You will probably have to go to a paint store (not big box) to get the proper ...
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Okay to drill into concrete ceiling with cracks?

Being an unreasonable person, I'll attempt to answer the question without all the information requsted in the comments. Plan on locating a crack free space on the ceiling to mount your work light. I ...
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Is exposed rebar in foundation a problem?

That's probably not your "foundation". That's just the garage slab--the floor. Sometimes a thickened-edge slab serves as a foundation, but it's fairly rare. The only likely problem is that ...
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pouring concrete platform on existing concrete foundation

I would clean the area well, then acid etch the tile and adjacent slab verticals with muriatic acid. Then “paint” or spray the area with a concrete bonding agent before filling it with a concrete ...
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How can I route groundwater coming through a slab to the sump pail?

As commented by @Isherwood, a saw groove cut into the surface will channel water from elsewhere on the surface to a sump, easily. Simply sawing from one to the other will probably work. Making sure it ...
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How do you balance and transport a container of concrete on a ridged roof?

I would cobble a cradle together out of some framing. It can be scraps, since none of the parts need to be of any great length. It will hook over the peak and rest on one side of the roof. If you do ...
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How do you balance and transport a container of concrete on a ridged roof?

Build youself a small bench similar to the picture that can sit across the ridge and provide a flat space to hold your bucket. Obviously you would need to adjust the dimensions and angles to work with ...
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How to demolish and remove a small concrete pad?

Other options - add a skim more concrete and re-grading the slope so it drains properly. It doesn't have to be thick, but the concrete means there's no way for mud to form under the deck, or for weeds ...
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How to demolish and remove a small concrete pad?

Unless you want to be swinging a sledge hammer for a week, think about renting a small electric jackhammer. I know you mentioned "no jackhammer" but I'm guessing you were referring to the ...
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

Your design makes no sense. You are going to nail/screw in the 2x4s how? They would have to be installed directly on the interior framing. So if you are doing that why aren't you allowed to ...
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How can I mitigate water contact with a 2x4 screwed into concrete floor?

Most lumber outlets should carry a plastic foam barrier (around the Seattle/Everett area I usually see it as a blue, closed-cell foam roll). It may be referred to as 'sill foam' or 'sill barrier'. ...
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