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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

Yep. Yesirree. Not being a fan of dumping petroleum into the woods (mine or otherwise), and considering that my saw is electric* (and therefore operates at slightly slower speeds), I've shifted to ...
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Can't find a garden hose that fits

That is not a standard garden hose fitting. Instead it looks to be part of a anti-siphon adapter where the other part was unscrewed to reveal the inner section of the unit. The regular hose thread ...
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Is it dangerous to leave a hose spigot on with a closed nozzle at the end?

As long as the attached timer is shut off and no water is flowing the pressure in the water line will be no different than what it would be when the spigot is turned off. You water bill will reflect ...
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

Yes and no. Plant-derived oils and animal-derived fat were used for lubrication in the whole history of mechanics and, surprizingly, also deep into the petrol era. Even today, canola oil (with or ...
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Why does my garden hose quick release keep popping apart?

A hasty assessment: it is probably because it's a piece of junk. Give it back. I could blame pilot error: you are supposed to push it on until it clicks at which point it's locked on. You are ...
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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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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?

I have something like this and it works just fine. (I have only one soaker hose in each bed, and both soakers are the same size.) The flow rate involved is very slow, so the hose and connector sizes ...
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Any problems with this plumbing plan?

Problems with this plan aside from the possibility of the hose bursting: Without bursting, the hose reel will routinely drip water in the basement at all its junctions. The hose will not pull through ...
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Outdoor sink station for gardening, fish cleaning and similar?

Fairly common to keep such things entirely detached from the house and even portable, which solves damaging your house. If cold only works, then you can set it up to have a garden hose supply, and ...
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Can I use common vegetable oil (e.g. rapeseed/canola) for chain-and-bar lubrication in a chainsaw?

there are several pretty exhaustive threads on arboristsite discussing the usage of canola oil, that have been going on several years with testing and everything, from reading those there is basically ...
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How can I repair this punctured pipe in my garden?

Thanks to Tyson's comments above and some reading online I figured out how to repair the pipe and even better...no leaks! Turns out the pipe is a 20 mm MDPE pipe so it could be repaired by putting a ...
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Why does my garden hose quick release keep popping apart?

Those are called Quick Disconnect fittings, or QDCs. They are used all over the place in aerospace and industrial applications. They are also commonly used with air tools. There are some that stop ...
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How do you create a foundation for a rock garden?

It is quite simple process. Instead of plastic, you lay down the special fabric designed for such projects. The fabric allows water to go through and keeps the weeds from coming out. Simply google: ...
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How should I stop the terrace garden from ruining the terrace

You can use potting trays. They come in many sizes. You can also use plant saucers. (also come in many sizes.)
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Why does my garden hose quick release keep popping apart?

Could be simply that two incompatible systems are "vaguely able to appear to connect" but being two different systems, they don't actually lock. If I understand your question correctly, you'...
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Outdoor sink station for gardening, fish cleaning and similar?

I had a stainless steel sink work a 3’ wide deck to the right. I built a simple 2x4 frame and anchored it to the slab, as an avid scuba diver I regularly clean fish and crab, even a few spiny lobsters ...
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how can I remove broken spigot from garden hose end?

TRY a POTATO ! just cut a piece of potato and "screw" the potato into the female end-- it just might grab enough for you to unscrew the broke male threads -- it is safe on your hands and ...
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How can I stop a barbed coupler from leaking?

I just stumbled upon this question because I had the same issue. This was one of the first google hits. Super old thread, but no satisfactory answer for me. The roundness of those plastic barbs ...
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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?

You haven't specified how long of a run each section is so if you need very fine control of water flow then install a Y-splitter with ball valves at the spigot and run a dedicated hose to each garden ...
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What's a good way to install a threaded valve so that it can easily be replaced?

You'll need a fitting that allows rotation so the threaded fitting can be made up or disassembled. You may also need something that allows expansion/contraction of the assembly, if the layout of your ...
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Any problems with this plumbing plan?

Frame challenge: This looks to me like an XY problem. Rather than worry about where to place unsightly hose reels, I suggest looking at ways others have successfully solved this issue. Best suggestion,...
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How do I remove U posts?

Driven in 2 feet? One post? A shovel is the appropriate tool. Dig down about a foot and start wiggling the post. Dig a bit more if it won't wiggle. 50 posts? Then you might want a puller of some sort. ...
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Is there a setup where I can leave the water on all summer?

There's really not much that can fail in a setup like that if you use quality components. A hose bib on a post or standpipe used to be a common sight in gardens before underground irrigation became so ...
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Would using a Y hose connector to join rain barrel water with tap water be a good idea to boost the water pressure?

I wouldn't risk connecting the rain barrel to your house's plumbing because you don't want to risk getting non-potable water into your pipes. This sort of arrangement might even be illegal where you ...
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Drain to a reservior when water height is higher then the drainage

The only feasible way to recycle the drainage water from the tray without an additional pump is to place the tray at a level above the top of the reservior and let the water flow by force of gravity ...
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Ideas for removing attached greenhouse

Rather than removing it, I would suggest covering it properly with greenhouse film (translucent plastic, UV-protected with typically 4 year guaranteed lifespan, typically 11-13 cents per square foot) ...
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What kind of soil mix to use for grading the perimeter of house to keep water away from basement?

Grade looks good to me. The ground level should drop 6" within 10' of the house. From the pic, it looks like you have this covered. If I'm right about the grade being correct, then the water in your ...
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What part do I need to search for to fix this leaky outdoor hose faucet?

The anti-siphon part on top is broken. You need to determine the brand and purchase the replacement part for the anti-siphon. The brand can be seen here. Take a photo of the brand here. For the ...
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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?

soaker hoses suffer from pressure drop, and running a long garden hose between two sections is going to make that worse. You might consider running a 3/8 plastic pipe/non-drip feeder to the left side ...
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How can I hang a birdhouse in a tree without harming the tree?

I work in a lumber mill, where we see all kinds of things in trees. Wire and rope do affect the tree. The best thing would be to use an eye bolt/screw. Drill a pilot hole for the screw and screw it in....
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