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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

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

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

Building a trellis panel

Building a trellis panel

Unsupported, a trellis panel is flexible, and thinner ones are downright flimsy. Consequently, the first step in any trellis project is to strengthen it with a frame. The frame begins as a 2x4; a prefab channel that you nail to it holds the trellis in place. Vinyl channels are...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 hour

Installing Fence Posts

Installing Fence Posts

If you want your fence to outlast its first summer, you need to set the posts deep enough in the ground to withstand wind, rain, and frost. With that in mind, there is only one hard-and-fast rule when you're digging a fence posthole: Dig a hole for the post that is half as...

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Skill: Beginner

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

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

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

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 an arbor

Building an arbor

Building an arbor is a big job, but it can add an elegant and formal touch to any landscape. It's a big job made of several smaller ones, however, including setting posts, trimming them, attaching beams, and attaching rafters. Double-check your work as you go. A small error...

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Skill: Expert

Time: 5 hours

Pouring Footings

Pouring Footings

There are several things you must do to the concrete after it's in the footing and before it hardens. First move your wheelbarrow or mixer as close to the footing as you can before mixing the concrete. Second always pour a complete footing. If you need to mix another batch...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Installing Prefab Fence Panels

Installing Prefab Fence Panels

Prefab fence panels are one of the fastest ways to build an attractive fence. Panels come in a variety of designs, from picket fences to board fences topped with lattice. It pays to shop around for the panels that best suit your house, your pocketbook, and your tastes. Compared...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

 
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