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Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture

Learn about different types of patio furniture, including outdoor dining and bistro sets, sofas and sectionals. Make your outdoor furniture more comfortable with cushions and protect your investment with patio covers.

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Pavers

Pavers

Well-groomed trees and plants may boost curb appeal, but hardscape elements such as patios and walkways are often the missing pieces of the landscaping puzzle. Pavers are among the most popular materials for constructing hardscape projects; they require little maintenance and...

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Build an Inset Garden Frame

Build an Inset Garden Frame

Bring dimension to your outdoor décor with built-in gardening boxes. Dress with pretty pots and presto, your garden blooms from top to bottom.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Concrete

Concrete

Contrary to what some might think, concrete and cement are not interchangeable terms. Concrete is actually a mixture of sand, gravel, water and cement. Gravel is sometimes referred to as crushed rock or aggregate. Mixing these ingredients in the right proportion is essential...

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How to Install Patio Stones

How to Install Patio Stones

A stone path is a great addition to your yard not only because it looks good, but because it protects your lawn from foot traffic in bad weather.

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How to Build Stairs to a Deck

How to Build Stairs to a Deck

Building steps to a deck may seem daunting, but with the right time and effort, you can end up with a great finished product.

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Fill Unsightly Driveway Cracks Quickly

Quick Tips: Fill Unsightly Driveway Cracks Quickly

You don't have to live with an unattractive driveway or garage. Get rid of unsightly cracks quickly and easily.

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How To Repair A Fence

How To Repair A Fence

Fences are built to last, but they may eventually need some maintenance and repair. With some basic tools, you can make your fence look better and last longer.

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How To Build A Gate

How To Build A Gate

A well-built gate makes a great addition to a fence, giving easy access in and out of your yard. Match your gate with the design of your fence for a consistent finish.

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Crowning a walk

Crowning a walk

Walks, like patios, should be sloped 1/8 to 1/4 inch per foot. But rain running down the slope can turn the ground where it empties into a swamp. Mortar walks are more of a problem because they are essentially sealed while sand-based walks provide a little more natural drainage....

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Tinting Concrete

Tinting Concrete

Concrete doesn't have to be gray. Two types of cement color products dye the concrete while you're mixing or finishing it, offering these and other colors: red, brown, buff, charcoal, and terra-cotta. Liquid cement color, which is mixed on-site, is the easier of the two...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Laying a Paver Walk

Laying a Paver Walk

Concrete pavers require a fraction of the work that mortared walks require, yet they provide a solid surface underfoot. The walk is a system of materials: Landscape fabric lines the excavation that holds the walk, while compacted gravel place on top of it provides drainage. A...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours