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Landscape lighting wire rough in for future, what wire, how deep? Other things to consider?

Conduit Don't put in wires. You'll guess wrong. With conduit, you can run multiple wires, change the wires for a larger size, etc. as needed over time. There are limits, but even 1/2" can hold ...
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How to hide HVAC compressor?

I'm sorry to be so blunt but the A/C isn't making your yard look bad, your yard is making your yard look bad. That wood barricade needs to go! Search the internet for "landscaping around A/C unit&...
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What is the best way to remove large amounts of rubble from a backyard with narrow access (1.2 m wide) and a steep (30 degree) driveway?

A wheelbarrow or cart is pretty standard. You may be able to rent a powered wheelbarrow or cart that will fit. You'll want one with excellent brakes, given your steep driveway. Impractical (expensive, ...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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 ...
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How can this older-style irrigation tee be replaced?

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 ...
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What is the best way to remove large amounts of rubble from a backyard with narrow access (1.2 m wide) and a steep (30 degree) driveway?

Depending on where you live, you might be able to rent a conveyor. This is a Miniveyor, available in the UK. I considered this for a similar job in my back yard, but I only had about 12 cubic yards ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

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 ...
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What "gravel" is composed of 50% clay, 25% sand and 25% small stones?

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, ...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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 ...
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How can this older-style irrigation tee be replaced?

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. ...
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Yard floods - will replacing a floway drain with a rainwater drain resolve this

You can always dig up and replace plumbing, install catch basins, etc. if you want to spend money, but if this was your bathroom sink drain that was clogging up instead of the yard drain, the first ...
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What could happen if I use 2 cycle fuel in a 4 cycle engine?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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 ...
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How do I make pavers stop shifting when I walk on them?

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 ...
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Does the quality of fill dirt matter?

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 ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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 ...
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What is the best way to remove large amounts of rubble from a backyard with narrow access (1.2 m wide) and a steep (30 degree) driveway?

Look into renting a small excavator, front loader or bucket loader. Your local tool/machinery rental store will have a lot of options. You bring the description of your working conditions (maximum ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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 ...
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Underground electrical box?

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 ...
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Could hedges help in reducing noise?

A hedge can’t reliably decrease the sound pressure level by more than 2 dBA (i.e. barely perceptible), and most of the reduction is in the higher frequencies (i.e. tire noise but not engine noise). ...
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What is the purpose of a 6" base gravel layer in patio installation?

It mainly serves two functions: The density of the in-situ soil usually is uneven (due to voids) throughout the site, and difficult, if not impossible, to compact to the desired strength (eliminate/...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

I would remove a 12" square of sod from either side of the walkway and dig down to force a tube from one side to the other. When we had the drive tarmaced, I put a tube under just in case. Came ...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

Your best bet is to install a conduit under the walk. There are various ways to do this. Dig a trench on each side of the walk and hammer a piece of 3/4" pipe with caps on each end under the ...
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What are these wires I found in my yard?

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 ...
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?

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

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 ...
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