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Is there such a saying? Futile may be either because it will fail or because it is unnecessary / already taken care of. I considered:
too many chefs spoil the broth


It's like carrying coals to newcastle

But neither are very good... A formal sounding colloquilism is also ok.

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marked as duplicate by Jim, FumbleFingers, Mari-Lou A, choster, Hellion Jan 27 '14 at 23:07

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

What's the point? – Jim Jan 25 '14 at 3:00
The adjective Sisyphean comes to mind. It implies an ongoing and repeated effort, fated to fail a priori. – jbeldock Jan 25 '14 at 3:03
You might find something to use at this question: english.stackexchange.com/q/64079/18655 – JLG Jan 25 '14 at 3:07
Or at this one: english.stackexchange.com/q/37997/17956 – Jim Jan 25 '14 at 3:13

You could use

beating a dead horse


carrying water to sea

But why not just use "pointless?"

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WOMAT (waste of money and time) may do to express that.

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