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Installing Rigid Liner

Installing Rigid Liner

The key to successfully installing rigid liner is to take your time. Be prepared to adjust and readjust the soil and sand to get the liner perfectly level to ensure attractive results. To that end, measure to make sure the hole can accommodate 1 to 2 inches of sand you'll...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building a Mortared Stone Wall

Building a Mortared Stone Wall

Better fences make better neighbors, and if you'd like a better wall, build one that's mortared together. Like any other mortared wall, a mortared stone wall needs a foundation. Leave anything taller than 4 feet to the skills of a professional.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

Starting a New Lawn From Seed

The least expensive way to start a lawn is by seed. Starting a lawn from seed is a snap, especially on an area that is relatively flat. The biggest task is preparing the site and making sure the soil is of good quality. Choosing the right seed is a matter of looking at your yard...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

Building a Wooden Retaining Wall

If you want to move the earth, build a retaining wall-by the time you're done, you'll feel as though you've moved half the planet. Because a retaining wall is going to be in contact with the ground, make sure you use lumber that's rated for ground contact. Your...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting

Add the enchantment of lights to your yard with softly glowing solar landscape lighting. Easy to install, solar-powered lights need no external source of energy and come in a wide range of types, from floodlights to post toppers, and in designs to suit any garden style, from ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

Providing Drainage for Retaining Walls

The life span of a retaining wall depends largely on its drainage. Dry soil places very little stress on a wall, but wet, heavy soil causes the wall to buckle or lean, and means extensive repairs can't be far behind. No drainage system can handle a flood, but a good drainage...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Contemporary Pond with Flexible Liner

Contemporary Pond with Flexible Liner

Ceate your own contemporary liner pond to add atmosphere to your yard.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Traditional Pond

Traditional Pond

Creating your own traditional pond using a pre-formed liner.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Raised Flower Bed

Raised Flower Bed

Building a raised flower bed – on a patio, deck or a rooftop – makes it possible to garden above ground.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Board-and-batten fencing mimics the siding once applied to farm sheds, barns, and similar outbuildings. An important part of this fence is the cap rail. Without it the end grain of every board would be exposed to the weather, shortening the life of the fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Build a Privacy Fence

Build a Privacy Fence

Here's a fence that will have enormous impact in the garden. Lengths of lumber in two sizes are butt-jointed to fence posts. The grey stained planks are precisely placed in a linear pattern, creating a stunning contemporary wall that has just enough privacy without compromising...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Installing Railings

Installing Railings

Building codes vary, but most require a railing on decks more than 30 inches above the ground. A railing height requirement of 36 inches is common. Railing posts can be attached to the outer face of the perimeter joists, or can be through posts supported by the footings. You ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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