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  1. Help with low foundation height

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello, We bought a detached house 4 years ago. The previous owners built a two-story extension to the house (without a basement). Unfortunately the foundation height above grade line for the extension is extremely small, maybe something like 4'' on average, with places where it is even lower. I...
  2. Grading Driveway

    Building & Construction
    Hi, folks, I have a gravel driveway I need to redo. Over time it's sunken down and has several bad potholes in it. It needs regrading and redressing with gravel. Is this something I can do with a Bobcat, or would you suggest something else? And what would you suggest to compact the fill? A...
  3. Grading Plan DIY

    How To Guides
    In order to submit a permit application for Los Angeles County..I will need to create a grading plan..Can someone shine some light..I searched many samples online but don't know what program to use to create one the easiest way. I will be grading approx. 25' x 25' which is about less than...
  4. Safe to seal exposed cinder block wall in basement?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Good afternoon. I recently moved into an older house, built in 1977, that has what appears to be a cinder block wall foundation. Not sure how to describe it, but at about the 5’ level from the foundation floor, the cinder block top is “exposed” while the rest of the wall goes up to ceiling...
  5. Negative Grading and Soil to Wood Siding Contact Fix?

    Building & Construction
    So I just purchased my first house in Santa Barbara, CA but it needs a little work (built in 1920s). I have been tackling the interior but the grading is bothering me. The yard overall is pretty level but there are several spots around the house where there is soil to wood contact on the...
  6. Basement Wall Moisture - who to call?

    Remodeling
    I am planning on finishing my basement soon. But I have an on-going problem with water in one corner of the basement. Tried to solve by extending the down spout (located at the same corner). Next, I removed a shrub that was planted at the corner of the house. Pulled up the landscaping and...
  7. Stone wall and grading lawn

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello All, I'm new to this site, so bear with me while I try to explain my dilemma. I bought a home 2 years ago. I've never been a homeowner before, so I'm making a lot of improvements, but feel like I'm blindly feeling my way through. I just had a stone wall put up yesterday. I came out...
  8. What fill around mudroom support posts?

    Remodeling
    I'm replacing some rotten support posts under our mudroom (formerly a porch, that someone enclosed years ago), which sits 3-4' above ground. After I've replaced the supports we will be regrading the yard, filling in that area 3-4' deep and covering the new posts...
  9. New to DIY - looking forward to sharing

    New Member Introductions
    I'm just joining DIY because I was looking for some advice on improving the grading next to my foundation (type of soil to use, use plastic, or landscape fabric or not?) and I was led to DIY. Anyway, I'm a typical DIY'er, learning and doing a variety of things as needed and having fun...
  10. Need help w/ wet basement,grading issue

    Building & Construction
    Hello. I live in a house that was built in 1952 and just recently finished my basement. We have a very slight issue with water intrusion on 1 unfished wall, but only when it pours for days.I know the spot where it is leaking in from, and have determined that the grading along that side of my...
  11. How to grade land

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Does anyone know how i would grade land with out having to hire someone and pay out a lot of money. its not to big of a space. but i was wondering how did they do it in the old days? and if it could be done with some hard work real labor but need to know how and what i could use besides big...
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