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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi, I live in an old Spanish-style 1930's house in California. I was digging a hole to put a plant in the courtyard and I uncovered a metal grate which, when removed, revealed an old clay pipe. The pipe must run all the way underneath the house because I see the same pipe come out underneath the...
  2. Gardening Forum
    I just completed two large retaining walls, each about 25' x 20' and filled them with topsoil. I knew I could not do any serious garden planting before winter hits here in upstate NY zone 5, but a friend suggests I put down winter rye just to get roots in the dirt and organic activity going...
  3. Gardening Forum
    Is this the German Thyme I planted or just a weed? First time planting thyme. Thank you!
  4. Gardening Forum
    Good evening to everyone. a bit of time not post anything, now I hope to please publish in my experience with my DIY irrigation system.
  5. General DIY Discussions
    I recently made some garden box supports out of concrete. As you can see in the pictures, the installed product has a 1/2" dowel rod that extends through the structure and then anchors it in place on the ground. In order to get this hole I put a length of pvc through the middle while pouring the...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    Hi! How are you? DIY is very important thing for me because it help me to develop my, and not only mine, creativity! I love doing some stuffs by myself that are good to decorate my home on plenty occassions, but I like also some practical things like aquaponic system, garden stuffs etc. I am...
  7. Green Home Improvement
    Hi! How are you? I am coming to you with a little problem that I am dealing with. A few weeks ago when I was surfing the Internet I found some photos of aquaponic system. It was to bought on ebay but I decided to do it on my own. And here the problem begin, cause I don't know what to start with...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I'm making a 8' long by 4' deep garden on a hill (fairly aggressively sloped). A few questions I have: - can use 4" timbers instead of 6" - is pressure treated safe for vegetable gardens? Should I consider using landscape block instead? This rise of the sloped side of the bed will be about 3...
  9. Metal Fabrication
    I recently purchased a steel container from western steel and tube, it's a 7x7 shed. I put tools, garden stuff, and bikes in it. I am looking to get another one.
  10. Gardening Forum
    Get expert advice on how to design a garden, with ideas and practical tips on garden planning?
  11. General DIY Discussions
    Hi all! I moved into an old farm house with a large covered porch. It's a cement slab and the posts that hold up the roof are approximately 9 feet apart. One end is open and the other meets up with a concrete slab. I want to attach lattice sheets between the posts to keep my small dogs on...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Along the pool fence I want to put a flowerbed. In the pictures you can see where I threw 3 blueberry bushes in. Well, now the grass is basically growing straight up and holding the plants in the hillside. A heavy wind will probably make them topple over. I am thinking about putting a flowerbed...
  13. New Member Introductions
    Hi - we have 2.5 acres in the Arizona mountains: pinion pines above, cactus on the ground. I'm clearing about 1/4 acre of the natural flora, and leveling the land, for a garden/fruit tree orchard (dwarfs)/koi pond. Big project - especially since we have elk, deer, cougar, coyote, skunk, fox, and...
  14. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hey guys. I have a 22x30 back garden that is virtually an empty shell at the moment. I'd like to put a tree or two back there, but don't want something that will get too large since it's so close to the house. Any recommendations on trees that will give a bit of shade without becoming overgrown...
  15. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    So I found a blog post about someone using eggshells as seed starters. Does this actually work? Are the shells biodegradable?
  16. Painting
    Hi, I had originally requested help on whether I should paint my brick home. Well we finally decided and took a chance and painted the brick home. We also added a garden and painted the door. It was a lot of work (mainly the garden). Everyone in the neighborhood likes it. I hope you will too. I...
  17. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello fellow DIYers, For the last 3 years my lovely neighbor has had her sump pump drain into my backyard. I’ve called the city and she can do it because the outlet is 10ft from my property. Problem is we have a very high water table and the sump goes off every 10 minutes. I have been nice...
  18. Plumbing
    I live in an apartment where the nearest water spigot outside is more than 100' away. Consequently, I would like to connect my garden hose to the cold water pipe of my hot water heater which is in my storage closet so I can water my plants. What is the best way to do this? I have not been able...
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