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Utilities, as a rule, are delighted to come out any time and mark locations. They would much rather avoid a problem instead of having to deal with an outage. If they need to come out again, e.g. because the paint weathers away, they'll do that.


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This is a normal thing to do. In my state, for example, the utilities must have been located within a certain number of days of digging. They are also happy to mark utilities for just project planning, or just to refresh existing markings. In fact, all of these are typically options you can select when you call in the locate ticket (or put it in on a website)...


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Delivery of ready-mix in a truck This gets you a whole lot of mud fast. There are a couple of problems: First, the "short" (small) load fee may raise its cost by 50% compared to the per-yard price you were quoted. Second, they'll likely allow you something like 5-10 minutes per yard to unload the truck and may charge by the minute if you run over ...


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Once you know where the utilities are located then you know where the utilities are located. After they mark the ground with paint you can put a stake or a flag there so that if the marking paint gets washed away you still know the locations. If in the time between the locate service and the time you are ready to dig, other utilities are added, you will ...


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Assuming that you plan to set the posts in concrete then you should follow these rules: For wind strength: The post should be buried 33%-50% of the exposed height You'll be exposing 4 feet above ground so the buried portion should be 1.3-2 feet; your 6 foot post will suffice for wind strength especially since a picket fence has large gaps between the ...


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It would be quite unusual that utility location would entirely prevent you placing the fence where you want it. More likely is that proximity of utilities could require several fence holes to be dug by hand rather than machine. It's possible, but unlikely, that you could have to slightly adjust a fence post location after hand-digging reveals it exactly ...


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I see you are from New York. You must call 811 48 hours and up to 10 days before you dig an inch on your property. Unless you know where every wire or service is buried on your property and how deep, if you don't "call before you dig" and damage any utility or service, you will be required to pay for repairs (seen or happen and the repair wasn't ...


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Two yards is a short load in my area, and you pay extra for a short load. On top of that, you don’t have much truck time. By the time you add truck time for 73 stops, you will find the cost is well beyond your expectations. I have a small hand mixer I use when I need a good mix in the hole. At the farm we dump the sakrete and water in the hole and call it ...


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Duke Energy has employees whose job is specifically to work on easement issues. I received a call back from them after a few days. They talked to me about my fence project and sent a PDF with some general guidance, as well as aerial photos of the property with the easement and lot lines marked. No written application was required; fence project approved ...


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also you could turn that area into a beautiful raised garden bed higher again than the neighbours no problem and if you wanted you could even put a small long thin sligtly buried water catcher -- then yah free water for gardening... hope this helps your problem


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You're being an exceedingly tolerant neighbor; perhaps a bit too tolerant - I expect that existing laws prohibit both of those actions by your neighbors. It's not neighborly of them. Normal construction of a BB-trap target (which is essentially what you're asking your fence to do) is to angle it so that the BBs are deflected into the ground. To do that on ...


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To position the posts plumb (upright), you can support them with braces that are attached near the top of the post, and rest on the ground, with a securing peg. And to offset the bottom of the post from the bottom of the pit, you can lift them using supports placed flat on the soil (illustrated in red, below). This allows you to pour the gravel and concrete/...


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They would not run a primary line across someone's property. It's a service lateral for sure. Usually down at least 2 ft and hopefully warning tape. Check with the power company first. Always be safe rather than sorry. A lineman will come out and meet with you, if it's a company worth a heck.


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I walk this trail and I know that some of the backyard fences are chain-link. I can't remember how high the fences are, they may be only 4 ft high. These are Duke Energy towers running probably >200kV. Not proof, but fences 122 ft away exist. You say that your fence will be a lot further.


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It does not really matter or make much difference, so whichever is less expensive or more convenient. The main thing (regardless of size) is to compact it well. Put in 50mm, tamp (or ram) with a flat-ended rod or stick. Put in another 50mm and repeat. Most people get tempted to put in much more at a time, and the compaction suffers as a direct result, making ...


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The hot melt glue might work but I think there's an easier alternative. I would try clear silicone adhesive / sealant caulk for this, it's cheap and you know it's weather proof. I have extensive unintentional experience with silicone adhesive and fabric. I have noticed that when I get a spec of silicone on my clothes, it's pretty much permanent, you can ...


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Consider using a double-sided clear mounting tape. 3M makes one with a clear but rubbery and flexible carrier that makes an extremely strong bond. Since it sticks immediately, you don't have to spend time holding it. Remember that tapes of this type have a bond strength that improves greatly over the first 24 hours, so if you do a small area as a test, give ...


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Shelf for trays with feed and water for birds? EDIT Shelf for potted plants? (Dog has been savaging potted plants.)


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Get some white, coated wire shelving pieces. Cut them to size and length of the gap. Install it vertically on the Gate so that when you close the gate the "extension" from gate will cover the gap. I.E. On the gate, on the inside, so it will allow gate to close/open normally, but the added shelf material covers gap. I used wire and zip ties to ...


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Buy a small electric cement mixer second-hand The quality of mix is better than mixing by hand in a barrow, and of course is much faster. It'll also be useful for any other projects like paths, footings for walls, and so on. If you've got a large property, it's just generally worth having one. You can buy new, and they're not too expensive. Cement mixers are ...


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The vinyl fence has proprietary hardware for attaching the panels. If you can determine the brand and source parts, I'm sure they'll have skewed connectors for you. Otherwise, get your carpentry on. Rip the edge off a panel at a 45 degree angle using a table saw or a circular saw with a clamped board as a guide. Mount the uncut edge to the new post per the ...


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You could replace the pictured post with a wooden one that you trim at a 45 degree angle to receive the new panel. You could use a roll-up privacy screen that you attach to the existing post, that could be unrolled in any direction but would need something solid to attach to at the other end. It's like a sideways outdoor roller blind. A picture of the ...


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Any code I'm aware of doesn't allow permanent structure to block easement. And by privacy you are speaking of stockade style fencing? Just want to be clear. But your questions: Place post C on the outside or two on the inside if you insist with each placed flush with end of that section of fence. For acute angles use scrap to shim angles, or one post per ...


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Squaring the corners In the context of a wood fence "squaring up the corners" means to me to ensure the post is plumb and that it is rotated at the "right" angle to match the fence design. Assuming a post with square cross section, when building a 90 degree corner the post would be rotated so that its faces are perpendicular to the rails ...


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From the picture it looks as though the wheel is mounted too low as the spring looks completely compressed in the closed position currently. This is causing the twisting as it likely needs an additional 1/2" to an 1" of travel to not cause twisting. I would suggest mounting the wheel slightly higher and also mounting the wheel on the right side of ...


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Rule # one with cats: they will find a way!!!, just to spite you. I found these on a popular home store site and could be a solution. You might have to do some cutting but you could fasten them to the deck railing with some strong cable ties.


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For several decades I have attended a very windy art festival in a desert and learned a few things about anchoring, shade cloth and structures made out of EMT. The easiest way to anchor it to the ground is to hammer two foot long 1/2" rebar 1' into the ground and use a stainless steel hose clamp to anchor the conduit. Keep in mind that rebar hammered ...


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Most all heavy equipment is under 10’ -12’ wide max and that requires wide load so it depends how big a tracked shovel or Track hoe you might need. To tell the truth most homes won’t need more than a extend-a- hoe back hoe and these can fit through a 8’ opening mini Cranes again are only 8-9’ wide so in reality the heavy equipment needed for a home will be ...


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Concrete aggregate ( sand and gravel at correct ratio ) minus cement. I get a dump truck load of that and then buy bags of portland cement. The ratio for mixing is 1 part cement, 5 parts navy jack. So one bag of cement will make 6 bags of concrete. Rent a 2 bag mixer and then barrow it to each hole.


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At a minimum, you'd need access to both sides of the fence for any treatment or repair. You'll need to get your neighbor's permission to do so, of course. While you're over in his yard, bring your rake and rake out all the leaves - you'll need to do this anyway to get access to the bottom of the fence and allow it to dry out before any repairs can be made or ...


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