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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

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

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

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 Alternate-Board Fence

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an alternate-board fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 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

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

Design a Zen Corner

Design a Zen Corner

Basic garden ingredients can be used to great effect even if space is tight. Harness the power of simplicity and repetition in this project, which incorporates a raised-garden kit, soil, simple gravel and drought-hardy plants.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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

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

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