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Can you bury coax internet cables above power cables?

Many of your questions are moot as the power company will most likely come, trench to the depth they want. Put the box needed where they want it. ( For some corporate legal reasons it shouldn't go on ...
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Lost huge shade tree now AC/temp is suffering - are sun shades an option?

Pergola I built something similar to this: Very easy to make, many options for the structure. Vine grows on it, in the summer leaves block the sun and make shade on the windows ; in the winter the ...
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Should I be using this white pipe to drain my sump pump?

That is presumably a clogged or poorly installed underground drain for the gutter downspout and/or sump. Presumably it's now disused due to clogging or dumping water back in the basement to be pumped ...
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Can you bury coax internet cables above power cables?

First of all, I've never seen Ethernet run from a pole to a house. So, the coax that comes from the cable provider uses a point-to-point communication standard different than Ethernet. Ethernet is the ...
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How to divert rain water from walkway?

Best bet is probably to put a drain pipe under the walkway. I'm not too fond of the "along this wall to the driveway" option because that's also "along the front of the house to the ...
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How to protect / conceal HVAC lines in yard

Stack up some landscaping blocks (or whatever blocks/bricks/stones) to make a wall taller than where the lines sit - or two walls, one on either side of the lines, as you prefer. One should serve to ...
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How far ahead of the average last freeze date is it safe to flood buried irrigation pipe?

The black poly parts don't care, they stretch enough that freezing is not an issue for them. Being buried 18" they probably won't freeze anyway. The joints and the metal parts are what fails with ...
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landscape wire in pex piping for under concrete installation

Others make a point of what's under the driveway being unknown. You want something that isn't so noticeable. Try this: Circular saw with a concrete cutting blade. Straight edge across the driveway as ...
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Can I create a re-closable flap in artificial grass to occasionally access a panel underneath?

Can you? I'm sure you can. Will it last a long time? Who knows, maybe contact the manufacturer to ask about how many times the backing can be bent before they expect it to fail? What's the worst case ...
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How would you repair this concrete block step?

If the mortar or cement bed that was bonding the block in is too thin, the setting bed will dry out too fast and make for a very weak bond. Cementitious products need to cure slowly, by keeping the ...
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Should I have my contractor backfill over ground trees and stumps?

Wood does not make good fill, as it will gradually break down (rot) and the surface will settle (sink) leaving you with not-level (or not sloped as it was) ground. Thus, I'd tend to avoid a contractor ...
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Can I dress a crushed rock drainage plane with pea gravel?

Clean 1/4" crushed rock ("clean" meaning "with the fine particles screened away") is commonly used as the bedding layer over clean 3/4" gravel when installing pavers, and ...
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Is it normal for ground to settle like this, and how can fix it?

The only fill that will not settle is sand. Try to push as much sand as you can under the slab. On the sides, you can just backfill with loam and some grass seed. The other alternative would be to use ...
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Should I replace the stones I dug up when regrading the garden bed next to my foundation?

Stones mixed into soil don't really change the drainage or runoff quality of the situation. That would only be true if the fill was all stones, leaving gaps between for water to flow through. So that ...
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Mystery pipe by roadside electrical boxes

As mentioned by KMJ, the material looks like ENT flexible electrical conduit. In my region that's not a standard choice for underground use so it surprises me to see it there. It appears to enter the ...
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Drainage issues for a wet basement

Wow. What a mess. The water is a mess and the advice (from contractors) is a mess. #1 - If you pay for services that you are paying more than 5k for, there should be actionable results. Meaning ...
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Will a second layer of landscape fabric impede water drainage?

I'm not sure why you wouldn't use the first landscape fabric as you describe. Simply slice it diagonally, outward from the corners, and then bring the tabs inside the frame. Press them down into the ...
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Can I stain my recently-installed Hollandstone brick pavers (patio)

I suggest taking a few of each colour and try a mix of portland cement powder, and iron oxide powder. Put it on, and brush off with a coarse broom. Don't wet them. Just set them outside. If the ...
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Is it possible to replace the cover in this old landscape light?

That light looks like a standard Malibu light commonly sold by Home Depot back in the 80's so finding a replacement cover will be almost impossible. The damages done to the lens and socket were caused ...
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Underground Storage Tank removed - 'Right' kind of fill?

From your description of the tank's removal, I assume that the soil cut from the hole is long gone and you're shopping for dirt. Without knowing more about your foundation (specifically, whether it's ...
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Leaning sloped retaining wall

Most likely it was put in place and held straight by gravity. Over the years, just the weight of the dirt pressing into the side of the wall has caused the wall to start to slope. This is almost ...
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How would you repair this concrete block step?

Uh, I would use mortar rather than cement. Cement is used in concrete, grout, and mortar, but adding things to cement improves its abilities depending on the purpose. Grout goes between blocks, bricks,...
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Can you bury coax internet cables above power cables?

I buried 240 volt 30 amp power and Ethernet cable together for a run of over 300'. The latter was roughly a foot above the power lines. If the load is not significantly unbalanced on the power line, ...
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Can you bury coax internet cables above power cables?

I tend to agree with RMDman that the route the power cable takes is very likely to be a straight line. Your power utility has to pay for and maintain this cable, it's not cheap cable (go look up the ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

Open gradation without compaction is fine for something lightly pressured like a walkway, but the growing preference for open graded crushed stone is based on its high relative density when placed ...
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Can I use bluestone as a paver base

The only thing that should matter is if it's crushed stone or gravel. Crushed stone is preferred for drainage applications. When you tamp it, it is supposed to interlock and provide a more stable base ...
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Mildew at the base of exterior block wall

A 50/50 mixture of water and chlorine bleach is the usual prescription for cleaning mildew. To clean, spray it on. Leave it soak in for about 15 minutes. Scrub with a broom and rinse well. To keep it ...
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landscape wire in pex piping for under concrete installation

Consider the challenges ahead. Driveway concrete is usually laid on top of crushed compressed stones. Sometimes but rarely (the cheap method) just on top of dirt. So you will probably facing/drilling ...
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Property Survey Pins and Shifting Terrain

With vegetation growth, time, soil movement (to what degree unknown), human disturbance, etc., there is most likely no answer to your question, only opinions. If you need to know to determine a ...
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Best solution for cutting out mortar bedding?

Even a dull chisel is too sharp. You want your crappy 5-in-1 that's almost ground to a nub because that's the one you do that with and it doesn't bite into the subfloor anymore. The harder it is, the ...
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