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It will smoke badly and may indeed foul the plug(s). It will be less of a problem if you only use a SMALL amount of mix fuel in each tank, so the oil is more diluted. IMHO, IME, if you use THAT little fuel in your weed whacker, you probably should sell it and buy an electric one, either corded or rechargeable. If you don't want to do that, then you should ...


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My suggestion is to add to the size of the concrete drive way in the following manner: This gives you the option of backing up out of the car port in the new area toward the rear yard. Then you can drive in a forward direction which would be far easier to navigate by the truck and the corner of the house. Additionally the part added onto the side nearer ...


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User Matthew is correct that a nipple extractor may help you salvage the tee. You need to check the threads in the Tee for any damage, since if the threads are scratched you may get a leak. If the tee is badly damaged If the tee can’t be reused, you will need to replace it. This part is readily available at any home-improvement store (but see below). ...


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You can go at it with a sledgehammer (or a smaller hand sledge) and a star drill, and then drive wedges into the holes (or if you are patient, fill the holes with water and let them freeze in the winter.) There are special wedges designed for use in round holes for splitting rock (feathers and wedges seems to find them). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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Sounds like you got "Crusher Run", when you wanted "Washed Stone". This site has a good description of some different types. Crusher Run Washed stone It's used as a base for driveways and roads, but is typically compacted and covered by another material (asphalt for example). You may have been thinking of something more like pea gravel, or similar. ...


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You say mower in the body of your question, but the title could attract people looking for answer about adding it to their cars. Your car or truck will easily consume leftover 2-stroke fuel. I typically don't do more than 1/2 gallon of 2-stroke fuel to 10 gallons in my tank. The small amount of bad gas and/or 2-stroke oil will be diluted. Your car doesn'...


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I'd leave the driveway as it is. I'm not a fan of half-acre concrete slabs. I'd install some "rumble strip" edging pavers or small boulders (partially embedded in the ground) to give drivers a haptic warning that they're in danger of encroaching on the architecture.


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There is a tool called a nipple extractor. It can be used to remove broken threaded parts just like this. You can find one online or from any irrigation supply or DIY retailer likely for under $15. You firmly press it into the broken part and turn to remove it.


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It will be 100% completely fine. I have a 2 stroke racing off road dirtbike that requires 93 octane fuel and a 32:1 mix with racing oil. And frequently, that is the only gas can I have on hand because my other yard maintenance equipment runs on diesel. I have a push mower that I use to do small areas of my yard, where the tractor with the 60 inch deck ...


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I would go the other way from Michael Karas. I'd eliminate the double S-curve, and make the entry to the carport a steady curve of same radius. That would cause it to miss the house entirely, and move "where the driveway meets the highway" west a bit. And get the ugly driveway away from the front of the house. Add a curb and you shouldn't have any house ...


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Sounds like you need a firmer subbase under your sand to spread the load across a wider area. I would follow the same procedure as for laying a wider area such as a patio. It seems like a lot of effort for a small area like the one you have but unless the ground underneath is already very hard and level, the pavers are going to settle unevenly and/or slide ...


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If you were pouring a slab over this -- and required decades of stability -- you might need to worry about your fill. Organic matter and other debris that will break down over time is appropriate for topsoil but not for fill. Your project is going to be less sensitive to settling. You should compact your fill well as you place it. It looks like you have ...


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There exist expanding compounds like this one: Ecobust, which are poured into predrilled holes and expand as they dry, splitting the stone (or concrete). It does require a power tool, unless there are already some cracks in your boulder, but a cordless hammer drill should be sufficient.


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Whether you add on extra concrete or add rumble strips - both really good ideas - I would protect that corner of the house. My neighbor has very very similar rebar sunflower lawn art in their yard as the picture below. You station 4-5 of these around that edge and your house is well protected. If someone is backing on - they will actually hit something ...


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If it is a nice looking rock or has a particular shape, place it on Craig's list as a free item. I listed four 5" Blue Spruce trees I needed to remove to make way for a garage. Gone over the weekend and I didn't have to lift a hand.


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I'll throw an answer out there, answering my own question but not necessarilly the correct answer. Remove the existing driveway and build a new one that makes more sense: This has the upside of removing the driveway entrance from right in front of the house which I hate. Now I would be able to plant a big tree here! Downside is I will need to hire a crew ...


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The other option is to put in a "hand-hole" so called - you've walked over them, some you have driven over (those ones cost more). They are (generally) like a box missing the bottom, with a removable top, and you set them over the conduits so the top is flush with the ground surface. You still need a waterproof splice method, but if you ever need ...


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The wires do indeed go to the sprinkler system. There turned out to be a 4th white wire I hadn't yet uncovered. The two sets provide the current to open control valves for the two zones on the other side of the driveway. I finally got input from a professional sprinkler repair company. They were baffled at first, because the pipes appear to go all the way ...


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Move the driveway like this, plant some trees and shrubs in front of the house


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Pressure-wash away the moss. Assess the integrity of the concrete. If it's sound, carry on. If not, abandon the project as there's no "cheapest" way of restoring it. Acid etch the concrete to make it completely clean for recoating. Skim any divots with vinyl repair compound to make them flat. Commission a court finisher to apply the appropriate court ...


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I watched my fence installers and there where some areas that had a lot of stone. They would take a pointed metal rod and jam it into the hole to loosen up the rock and then use the post hole digger to get the loosened rock out. He alternated between the pointed rod and the post hole digger. Two men dug 9 holes by hand and finished the fence in one day.


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First and foremost, will setting two posts in concrete behind this wall create any structural risk to the wall? You will not be adding any loads to the retaining wall that are of much concern. The wood screen wall is relatively very light so not adding surcharge to the soil behind the retaining wall and any forces from wind are relatively minor. The gravel ...


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That valve belongs to the water utility and you should not tamper with it. To get them to address the issue promptly, tell them you fear that it will be damaged/struck by a landscaper during your work and/or that it presents a safety (tripping) hazard. They may need to replace the whole valve, which might require shutting down the water to your street at a ...


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IMHO that's much too small in diameter for comfort. Possibly also for safety in that material. The "safe working load" listed is almost certainly not one involving using the rope for supporting people or things above people, where it's typical to derate (or over-size) by a factor of 7 or more. IMPE a 1 inch/25mm to 1.5 inch/37mm diameter rope is more ...


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Definitely run the largest conduit you can obtain across the driveway. Possibly two or three or four parallel runs -- you don't know if you will eventually want to use one for low-voltage cabling, another to pass a water pipe through, etc. PVC conduit holds up very well underground and is relatively cheap even in large diameters. You can put conduit ...


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Yes, 4 or fewer risers do not require a handrail. (See ICC R311.7.7) and must be 36” wide minimum. Risers cannot exceed 8” and treads cannot be less than 9”. (See ICC R311.7.4) Also, the largest riser cannot be more than 3/8” different than the smallest in the same run. (See ICC R311.7.41) There has been some discussion in the past (between Building ...


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Once it's in place most gravel is not all that mobile, but it's also not hard to dig. I would not bother with a power auger, a clamshell posthole digger should get it done easily. I've just revisited some areas I backfilled with gravel to make some modifications, and got in just fine with a clamshell and a shovel - any large rocks were not in the area I ...


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Electrical drownings are deadly serious If you understood how gruesome they are, you would earnestly want to do everything possible to avoid them. Imagine someone drowning, and a rescuer jumps in to help them and starts drowning too, and another rescuer does the same... that happens. It happens A LOT. As in the linked case, it's not enough to GFCI-protect ...


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The cinderblock chunks are not a big deal, they just speak to the source of your "dirt" "fill", "not particularly 'clean' fill" or whatever you want to call it. But sod will break down (into "loam" - nice garden soil) and will shrink as it does. At minimum you should separate out all the sod you can identify and use it ...


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I hardly think it's Love Canal so I'm unclear why you are scared of it. Sounds like a hole in the ground with tree stumps, et al slowly rotting away. Dump some dirt on and grade it; repeat as needed. Since it appears that you have left it for a long time and it's gotten bad, you will probably need machinery (bulldozer or track loader) to do the dirt the ...


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