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  1. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I rent an apartment on a shared lot with a large backyard that we all share to park our vehicles on. Over the past few years, the grass in the center has eroded away from a heavy van and a truck and extreme dips were made. Roughly 20x30 ft in area was almost 4 inches deeper than the grassy...
  2. Roofing/Siding
    Okay, this is my first post here ever... I have a home in Southeastern Kansas that was originally constructed with 3-tab shingles in 1974. The spacing for the 2"x6" rafters are 20" on center. The decking is 3/4" plywood with an occasional cheap replacement of OSB in a couple spots... The...
  3. Building & Construction
    The walls in the basement in our 1930-era house are made of clay block (sample drawing below). I have two items I need to secure to the wall. One is a very small (7 inch long by 3 inch wide) shelf, which will be secured with brackets underneath the shelf. The other is a piece of wood 2-ft...
  4. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have basement leaks and am going down the checklist of things to do to address that. At the top of my list is to regrade around the foundation and a lot of sources I found said yellow clay was great for this. I called several landscape supply yards and no one in my area (Baltimore metro) has...
  5. HVAC
    Hi there, I know that this is an odd thought. I have an unusual house, it was an old mechanics garage built in 1934 and now we live in it. You can see it here: http://1923mills.blogspot.com if you are interested. Anyway, much of the house requires exposed ducting for A.C. (heat is in-slab...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We're in one unit of a triple decker, and I made the bright suggestion of tackling the drainage problem in the common backyard. Its a little 40' x 20' patch, and the neighbors' retaining walls abut the back portion, along the 40' side. We have a swamp. In no small part b/c one neighbor built a...
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