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Garden Club

Grow your gardening, lawn care & landscaping know-how.

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Building Benches

Building Benches

Deck benches can be either freestanding or built in. The advantage of freestanding benches is that you can move them anywhere you need additional seating. Built-in benches are fastened to joists and they make a nice addition at the perimeter for a low-level deck that doesn't...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Potted Herbs

Potted Herbs

Create a herb or vegetable planter box. Customize your container to suit your culinary passions. Start your garden from scratch using eco-certified seeds and you'll be rewarded with super-healthy and great tasting results.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Create a Vine-Covered Privacy Screen With Ready-Made Materials

Create a Vine-Covered Privacy Screen With Ready-Made Materials

It's easy to make your backyard a lush, private retreat. Start with ready-made trellises, add quick-growing annual vines and before long you'll be relaxing in a cozy garden nook.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 2 hours

Making Stringers

Making Stringers

There are two types of stringers: Open stringers, also called cut stringers, have notches for steps cut into them. The treads are attached to the notches. Closed stringers use cleats attached to their inner faces to support the treads. Open stringers take a little more time than...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building Your Own Fence Sections

Building Your Own Fence Sections

The most popular fence types are picket, alternate board, solid board, louver, and basket weave. Building any of these fences is a three-step process: install the posts, install the rails, and screw on the fencing. Intervals of 4,6, and 8 feet between posts are typical. Choose...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Setting and Cutting Posts

Setting and Cutting Posts

Posts must be plumb for your deck to be stable and so other framing members can be accurately aligned. Setting posts is ideally a two-person job. There's a lot of precise work required here, and additional hands and eyes will help immensely. The easiest method for cutting posts...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Digging Footings

Digging Footings

Digging footing holes with a clamshell digger is quick and inexpensive, but makes sense only if you need only a few shallow holes in loamy soil. For most every other installation, rent a machine to make the work easier. You have two choices-either a one-person or two -person ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building an arch-top arbor

Building an arch-top arbor

Arch-top arbors are classic and beautiful, especially when roses are climbing up the sides and over the top.

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Skill: Expert

Time: 5 hours

Laying Out Fences and Gates

Laying Out Fences and Gates

The best way to lay out a fence is with batterboards, which are a bit fancier than stakes and string but allow you to reposition the string without moving the stake. For string, use mason's line-it won't sag like regular string does. If the fence has two or more sides,...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Installing Solid-Board Fencing

Installing Solid-Board Fencing

A solid-board fence is made of posts and rails like any other fence. A few changes, however, make it both more durable and more attractive. Most important is the cap rail that runs across the top. The cap rail protects the tops of the posts, which absorb water more readily and...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Building an overhead structure

Building an overhead structure

Build a pergola with the same basic building methods used in deck building. Spacing of structural framing usually can be greater because of the lighter load. The number of cover pieces depends on how much shade you desire. Install beams at different heights to make a sloping ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

Building Stairs with a Landing

Building Stairs with a Landing

Using a landing to break up a long stair run makes the stairs easier and safer to traverse. You can also build a landing to change the direction of the stair run. In either case, all sections of a stairway must be constructed with the same rises and runs throughout. Build the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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