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  1. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Today I did a couple "mason jar" tests to get a rough idea about what my soul consists of. I took a samples. The samples are consistent. The better soil with more organic matter is in top, and the rougher soil is on the bottom. The jar on the left is all the soil from the plugs. The jar in the...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, The front porch of my Ohio house was finished with flagstone 15 years ago. It's not covered, and over the years the mortar inside some of the joints has chipped off. In some spots it fell through entirely. I am attaching a photo of a good joint and seeking help in determining the type...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’m remodeling my house and replacing all stucco around the house with beige white color. We extend and build a new second floor from the old house. GC suggested fine sand because smooth will crack and hard to repair and the old house foundation will cause it to crack. I need advice here on how...
  4. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Title says it all - I live in the pine barrens in south NJ and the soil in my yard is very very sandy. When I first moved in to my house about 5 years I never had an actual lawn but the weeds were thick enough that when I cut the grass it looked nice, at least it was green. Over the past few...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Let me start by saying that I'm new to this. And to this forum. My research tells me that sand is the most ideal material to have underneath any concrete foundation. I'd appreciate some perspective on this: Would it be worth having a 3-foot-thick layer of sand put down before laying down a...
  6. Painting
    Hi, I was wondering what type/grade of sandpaper I should use to sand this wall before I paint again. There was a burlap covering over this pink wall, and when I took the burlap off, there was a residue of the burlap stuck all over the wall. There are also sections where the burlap took a...
  7. Carpentry
    Hello, Attached is a video of me walking across my back deck. This home is new to us, so don't blame me on the deck's condition. :wink2: I still think I can salvage it, but what can I do to make the awful sound stop? We live in a high humidity area, is it because of moisture in the air? Should...
  8. Painting
    OK, so I'm painting a small closet with some wood baseboards. I need to prime the baseboards before I topcoat them. My primer is "Sherwin-Williams Premium Wall & Wood Primer". The primer instructions on the can says, and I quote: "Premium Wall & Wood Primer is designed to sand quickly to a...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I live in Michigan and have a very shady area of my backyard with several trees that is adjacent to a pool. The area is about 450 sqft. I would like to lay sand for this summer as a tiki beach area and then next summer install large pavers in the area over the sand. Can I get suggestions for...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The edgers I have been using for my front garden were discontinued by Lowes. I need to make about 100+ more to match, so I can finish edging the garden. I think I can use sand to make the molds,embedding the old edgers in the sand, then removing them to make the mold shape, then pour in the...
  11. Gardening Forum
    My Landscape Mulching Project I am a ninth grader doing a science fair project. I decided to test some landscape coverings to see which ones blocked out the most weeds. I planted 16 weeds in each section and then put the landscape coverings over them to see which one would have the most weeds...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi, we recently purchased a small lake house in Wisconsin and wish to remove the old deck and replace it with a 3 season porch. We are looking for advice on the best type of foundation as we sit on 20-30 feet of sand. I am fearful that pillars would eventually sink into the sand. Any advice on...
  13. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    So I have been working on this paver walkway nonstop for the past 2 days. I ran out of time last night (4 hour rental + ran out of bricks) and have not been able to put the finishing touches on it. I still have about 10 bricks left to cut before I can sand the joints. After this I need to...
  14. Drywall & Plaster
    i need to do some plaster over brick repair. i was told to use hydraulic lime and not cement and to use regular (coarser) sand for the first two coats and fine white or silver sand for the final coat. when i went to a local masonry supply dealer, all they had was CONCRETE SAND (coarse) and...
  15. Painting
    I'm in the process of refinishing (re-painting) a wood door. I've cleaned the door with Dirtex and am about to fill small cracks and holes with Minwax stainable wood filler. (I will ultimately fine sand the entire door to rough it up and prime with X-I-M UMA, but that's another day.) I know...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello all. I am in the process of installing a stone patio in my backyard. So far I have dug up the area, tried to flatten it out(sloped away from house) with a tamper. I then put down filter fabric and began putting sand on top(I purchased and put down 500 lbs of fine sand). This looks to be...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    We recently had our house exterior sandblasted to prep for new stucco. They used "silver sand" (silica?) workers cleaned up pretty good all-around, but left a few inches of sand residue in the dirt beds around the house. Is this sand media still dangerous in that form (lying around in the...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    We recently had our house exterior sandblasted to prep for new stucco. They used "silver sand" (silica?) workers cleaned up pretty good all-around, but left a few inches of sand residue in the dirt beds around the house. Is this sand media still dangerous in that form (lying around in the...
  19. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I just moved to Crownsville, MD (Arden on the Severn) and the current yard is full of vines and looks crazy. Is there a good sod for a lush green yard that has sandy soil (history shows the sand here is the finest making glass sand in North America). I also have mostly shaded areas. I looked...
  20. Painting
    I am planning on painting an interior wall. Currently the room is painted with the very cheap builders paint. It’s pretty rough and feels a bit like primer. The plan is to use two coats of some nice latex paint. Do you recommend to pre-sand the walls to get a smooth finish? What grit do you...
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