Re: Grading a backyard
The first thing to do is see how much grading you are talking about. Find the highest spot and tie a string on the fence at that point. Measure from the string to the ground. stretch the sting to the house, hang a string level on it and raise the string to till level. Mark that spot on the house and measure down the same distance as the measurement at the fence, mark that spot. Then measure from the spot to the ground that will show you how much you will need to build that end up or dig out the other end just to get to level.
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