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  1. Drywall & Plaster
    I am planning to paint the exterior of my house. I have a number of fine hairline cracks in the stucco and I have a much wider one as in the photo that runs across near the crawlspace vents in the backyard. Also the paint that was embedded under dirt around the house is chipping when exposed...
  2. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hi Everyone! Very happy to make a first post upon finding this site today. Let's talk about improving soil for St. Augustine grass. We're talking Texas Gulf Coast conditions. The first thing that comes to mind is when the new sod arrives it is usually a very heavy clay soil. I like to add gypsum...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi guys, I've hired a concrete contractor to pour sidewalk down the side of my house. It's a new house - 8 months old. I was concerned with the backfill soil subsiding. Due to the height of where he is pouring he said instead of digging down, that he would dump a lot of aggregate on top of the...
  4. Gardening Forum
    Ok so here goes: Nothing planted yet. The raised garden bed is about 18 inches out from the wall of my house (width), 32 feet long, at it's deepest is about 18 inches. The problem is, at the other end of the garden bed it is only 12 inches deep. The other problem is that it is in shade for...
  5. Building & Construction
    So I removed a sidewalk that was directly up against my home. It was not pitched correctly. I was getting wet spots on my basement wall. After jack hammering up and removing the old sidewalk I am looking at maybe the top 8 inches of my home's foundation. In some of the spots I am seeing that...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Sorry about the long post but here goes... About two years ago my wife (against my advice;) paid a contractor a lot of money to come in and landscape our yard. It looked amazing at the time but as I pointed out to him at the time, if the drainage was not taken care of then this was all a waste...
  7. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    My name is Anthony. I am trying to figure out the best cheap way to get rid of my old lawn and reseed with new grass. The size is about 1/3 of an acre. It is mostly rock and dirt right now but where there is grass it is extremely thick and heavy. Do I just till it and leave the old grass in...
  8. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am looking to do some re-landscaping at my house, and will be generating a large amount of excess dirt (20-30 cy). Does anyone have any suggestions for a cheap way to get it hauled off or disposed of? It won't be clean, there will be sod, a bit of roots, and some concrete mixed in, plus...
  9. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am trying to get a lot of dirt into my back yard to fill some low spots. We tried to drive a fully loaded tandem dumper over my lawn but the soil is so soft that the truck just started to sink in. The driver said that he wasn't going to go in for fear of getting stuck. So now I am not sure how...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Several spots in our 2-year old lawn are dying from lack of rain. It appears to be where more builder's sand than topsoil exists, such as where the septic tank and fields exist. Is there a way to improve the soil, and moisture-retaining ability, shy of planting a new lawn? Thank you.
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