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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

In my part of the world hiring a refuse service is standard and almost unavoidable. We had 30 cubic yard dumpsters (steel containers) on all our jobsites which were often emptied or replaced multiple ...
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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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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

Here are a few options, depending on how DIY-savvy or actively involved you are in your project: Rent a disposal bin They are easily found on-line, under names or keywords such as "construction ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

Since you are planning to do the teardown yourself, you could lay a tarp or sheets of plywood to make a place for nails to not get lost in the grass/dirt in the process of tearing it down - or remove ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

Your regular trash company. Order construction dumpster. First, if there was asbestos in the debris, you hire an asbestos remediation company to separate the asbestos out of the debris and haul it ...
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

Taking down the wall safely is not the only issue. You wrote in comments: there's no legal problem here because we own all the land surrounding the house that isn't ours, and the connection between ...
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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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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

Dismantle the shed into the biggest chunks that you can move. Then do as much dismantling as possible on a driveway so that any nails will (a) be obvious and (b) be easy to sweep up afterwards.
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How to demolish old stone walls safely?

I would say you need a track drive excavator that has a bucket with a grabbing thumb. You would use the excavator to grab and place the "debris from the old roof and 4th wall that have fallen&...
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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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Why do some people cut concrete before they break a hole in it?

It helps to confine the breakage to a more defined area, by providing a stress concentration and weak point at the edge of the area you want to remove. A side effect is that because it concentrates ...
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Safety Razor Disposal in Medicine Cabinet

Many homes had the slot to drop used razors into. I use a magnet to pick up the old razors. Even rusty they can be sharp. I used to wrap them in a newspaper so they would not cut through the trash ...
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How do I determine if a wall can be removed?

For the wall to be structurally important, it could 1) have a post located in it, 2) be a load bearing (vertical loads), or 3) a shear wall: Posts can support roof beams or second floor beams. You’...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

In addition to other answers, such as laying down a big tarp before starting the work, using a big magnet after, etc. go out after dark with a strong flashlight and sweep the area, possibly from ...
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How should I dispose of material waste during home construction?

This depends on the size of the haul. For small/DIY things, your city garbage pickup might offer a free service, just check if they handle construction debris. For medium/DIY, consider something ...
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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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Is it safe to use old wood lath from demolition as firewood?

There might also be asbestos in the plaster and contaminating the lath. Did you have the wall tested prior to demolition? (I'm guessing no) You may have to be very careful with this material and ...
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Would a sledgehammer be okay to break up limestone?

Wear safety glasses and earplugs. I'm quite serious. As commented, depends what you are breaking up, and how much, and to what extent speed is a factor. A sledge will break rocks. A jackhammer will ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I would go ahead and open the wall from the side you are planning on replacing. Once you open the wall, you might find out that the drywall has been glued to the studs, in which case your best bet ...
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Best tool to cut out back of kitchen sink cabinet?

Oscillating Saw or also called multitool is the best for tight places where you really want to control the action. There are many brands out there. The inventer was Fein tools. They are a cool tool ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

I've thought of a magnet to sweep the yard, but the ones I've found need to be really low to the ground and I've not seen them be effective, especially as I'm not sure these nails are ferrous. I've ...
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What type of fixing is this, and how do I remove it?

My guess is it'e some type of hanger bolt, with an expansion shield embedded in the wall similar to the one shown below from Harfington,https://www.harfington.com/products/p-1039484. I'd think about ...
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How do you create a hole in a concrete foundation with a demolition hammer?

If you have a suitable masonry drill, I would suggest drilling a pattern of holes. It's easier to break out chunks between holes than to break chunks out of an unblemished solid. Rocks are a normal ...
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What kind of drain pipe appears to be clay?

It is fired clay. It has metal bands to hold it in place. You can try and take it out a piece at a time, starting from the top. However, if the "grout" between them is strong then you just ...
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What kind of drain pipe appears to be clay?

Just to clarify, you want to gain access to the interior of the pipe so that you can use it as a conduit for various other services, not remove the pipe and use the resulting void? Note that either ...
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Is it safe to use old wood lath from demolition as firewood?

Wood smoke itself contains many toxins and carcinogens. I mention it because folks have the false impression that it's somehow more "natural" than other types of smoke, and therefore safer. If you'...
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Tools and feasibility of tearing down a wooden shed held together by nails

Absolutely doable, though it may take a while. If your goal is to end up with wood that is usable for another project, then hammer and crowbar are the right tools. If your goal is simply to remove ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

IMHO - Accept the need to repair drywall on both sides, or fuggedaboutit until you are ready to face that. You could locate the screws with a strong magnet and excavate and unscrew them, but that's ...
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How to check whether demolition brick is safe to use?

You would need to send samples to a chemical analysis laboratory to get a more definitive answer, but the brick was likely never in direct contact with the chemicals and after 10 years I would expect ...
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Best way to clean up nails after demolition?

The devices to use are called magnetic sweepers. Can be hired if they are not to be used frequently.
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