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Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?

I am looking for a solution to drain my patio which is sloped toward one of its corners. The size of the patio is 15'x 35'and the area is Toronto (for rain volume estimation) I would like to drain my ...
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Metal roof for porch

I have a Concret patio with a wood frame structure over it. It is 20'by 20' with a 4" hang over. I would like to put a metal cover on it also remove the post in the middle of the room. Can it be done ...
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Do I need to suplimentary seal the joint between pavers and patio edge when that joint is used as a drain channel?

Initially I was looking for this: I was told that distributors do not sell this anymore because it is unsafe (tripping hazard). I am thinking about using the joint between my pavers and my edge to ...
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Restoring stamped concrete patio

I've initially planned to repaint my stamped concrete patio so I cleaned then applied primer. Them changed my mind and decided to just restore my stamped concrete patio. However, it already had ...
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How do i resurface my concrete patio?

I'm trying to figure out the most cost effective way to repair my concrete patio. It survived for about 30 years but recently a portion of it has begun spalling pretty bad, so bad you cant really sit ...
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Can I apply polymeric sand only on a x inches wide stretch where the patio joins the wall?

I am in the process of regrading my patio. I had a wet wall problem because the patio was sloped toward the house. I want to make sure that no water gets near the wall again, even with the correct ...
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Can I add a patio sealer to my polymeric sand patio?

The polymeric sand "grout" between my slate patio pavers is loosening up and coming out. I suspect it was improperly laid by the contractor. I am going to redo the polymeric sand treatment and I am ...
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Patio with no gravel bedding, lime stone crush only-need to rise it. Sand or more limestone crush?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: -one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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how to lay concrete agaisnt wall over buiried foundation concrete

i want to lay concrete out of backyard along cinderblock wall over existing concrete foundation of backyard wall and gate. the existing foundation concrete is about 3 to 4 inches below the top of ...
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How can I raise the level of an existing paved patio?

We recently had our back garden paved but the level is lower than I would like it to have been, leaving a big step from the kitchen door to the patio. Is it feasible to pave over the slabs, or even ...
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Patio wall: Footing necessary?

In the next 12-18 months, I am looking to get a patio put in, the thinking now is stamped concrete. I was thinking about adding a small wall around the perimeter like this ...
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Replacing patio stones with grass

My entire backyard is patio stones which surround the pool. Some are cracking and they are not all the same size. It's a bit of an eyesore. It is cost and time effective to replace the patio stones ...
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Is adding a paver patio or flower garden near a home foundation a bad idea?

More specifically, should I be concerned about creating drainage issues? We already have some leaks in our basement. I'd like to avoid creating additional problems.
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How should I reseal my cobblestone patio?

Disclaimer: I’m not a native speaker and, as such, I have limited vocabulary, especially in the home improvement department. I also have limited competence, but that’s another matter entirely. I’m ...
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Can a Paver Sitting wall be put on a Paver Patio

I have a paver patio that was put in my backyard 16x20. I was wondering if I would be okay to install a sitting wall made out of pavers on top of the paver patio that is already there? I know it is ...
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How should I extend a concrete patio under an existing deck?

I have a 18x20 second floor deck with three 6x6 support posts. Under the deck is a 40-year-old, well-settled, 12x20x6" concrete patio. The deck posts are set outside of the patio, set on footings ...
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What kind of bottom for a fire pit on a paver patio?

I have a manufactured "stone" patio with poly-sand to fill the grout lines between the blocks. I want to add a fire pit to this patio. I envision a ring of blocks several courses tall to contain the ...
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Why won't my outdoor patio propane heater light?

No propane is coming out and we did replace the valve from the tank. Any idea why it will not light?
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How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?

I have a sliding door in my bedroom that I would like to put a deadbolt in and have it left open at night to let a breeze in, but I don't want anyone to be able to get in while I'm asleep. Is there a ...
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How would you grade this patio?

This is about a cement pavers patio. On the figure below the yellow arrows show how the lot is graded For grading the patio I seem to have two options: -along the blue lines -along the red line ...
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Can I use this aggregate for bedding for my patio?

The aggregate shown below was salvaged from a shed that I removed from my backyard I am planning to use it to correct the pitching of my patio (see my other questions in this forum for details) Can ...
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How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?

I have a rectangular patio which I would like to drain toward one of its corners. Is there any subtlety that the installer needs to know in order to create a proper grade for this? Do you need to ...
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How do I weatherstrip the bottom side of my sliding patio door?

The bottom side looks like in the picture below. THe second picture shows you the door and the corner that was zoomed in the first picture. The verticals have their weatherstrips in place. It is just ...
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What material was used for the bedding of my patio?

I am not sure if the sand was washed away by the water that is going under the patio in that corner or the bedding material is simply missing here. The paver below is from the left circled area in the ...
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How to improve the drainage of a patio with 6“x6”x39" cement blocks used for edging?

The patio looks like in the picture. I have no idea if this is standard practice but it looks dumb to me. There is a very small space between blocks and that is filled with dirt. Virtually the patio ...
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When pouring cement next to a home, how far below the mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues?

how far below the Mud line on a stucco home do you need to be to avoid water issues 1", 2", 3" or more
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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What kind of edging should I use between a patio and a French drain?

Here is a diagram of what I am trying to achieve My patio is pretty much flat. Due to settling the water collects near the wall Since it is too much work to grade properly the entire patio I think ...
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What kind of filler was used for this patio?

I need to reset the pavers for this patio and I have the feeling that, by its look I have to redo the entire patio since the filler that is visible in this picture seems to have reached the end of its ...
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Can I work on resetting pavers on my patio after a heavy rain?

This is about a pavers patio. If you are curious about the whole context please see my other questions. Last night it rained a lot. I have some problems due to water collecting near the wall of my ...
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Questions about base under paver stones for a patio

I am building a patio with paver stones, roughly 20x16. I am building it on rocky clay in New England. I have dug out my soil and plan to put geotextile fabric over the clay before I lay my crushed ...
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How can I fix a patio with drainage problems?

I would like to fix the problems that are show in the picture below. Basically when it rains the water pools near the corner of my house in the two areas circled in this picture. The result is that ...
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Do I need to remove these border stones if I want to regrade the soil next to my house?

Here is my dilemma: to remove the stones or not (line of stone at top left in the lawn). My plan would be to regrade the soil next to my wall and to add concrete slabs on top of the grade soil. I also ...
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How would you redo the grading of a brick patio?

When it rains my patio collects water in a couple of spots close to the wall of the house. The wall is now presenting external efflorescence and cracks of the external cement coating. (not sure if ...
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How much volume is lost after compacting 3/4" crushed stone?

I'm putting in a stepping stone path. The stones will be on top of 4" of packed, 3/4"- (three quarter minus) stone - which packs to a nice, solid base. My question is, if I know that the volume of ...
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how do I measure the glass on a patio door (glass replacement)

to replace the glass on my patio door, how do I measure the glass for the contractors, do I measure just the glass portion of the door or do I measure the outside frame of the door?
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Dig out some remaining rotted post or just pour in cement [closed]

Will concrete harden although some rotted wood is still in hole?
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Do sandstone patio pavers/grout need to be sealed?

I had an "expert" look at my patio (only 6m old) and recommend that I should have sealant applied to it to make it last. I'd not heard of this before and googling is giving me mixed messages. Since ...
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Glass deck above basement addition [closed]

We're planning to expand our basement underneath our deck and would ideally like to cover this section of the deck in glass as in this photo. (Posted: Wear skirts at your own risk!) Our architect ...
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Can I use Mason Sand under Pavers?

I put an inch layer of mason sand down over a compacted base of process, and am about to lay large concrete pavers (18"x18", 12"x18", and 9" square) down. Now I'm reading that I should have used ...
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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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How to build deck steps down to patio?

I have a deck on the back of my house with a patio next to the deck. I would like to build a wide set of steps down to the patio. Can I have the steps rest on top of the patio or should I put ...
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How do you expand an existing patio while retaining look, structure & level?

I have an existing Brick patio that was put in sometime around the time of house construction. There is a small attached garden that has a tree which has since died and I am thinking of expanding the ...
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Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water

hoping to get some opinions on this. I recently dug up a wall of my house as I was having water problems. It's been now sealed, backfilled, and I'm debating how to refinish the top layer. It used to ...
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Can I put roof sheathing on vertically instead of horizontally?

I would like to put my roof sheathing on vertical instead of horizontal. It will be an 18 by 12 patio. Rafters are 2 x 6; 16 in on center. It will be 1/2" in plywood which will be visible from below
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Post-less combination window & door system

We are planning a remodel and are considering a post-less combination folding window & door system similar to what is shown at: http://www.nanawall.com/applications/belvedere-kitchen ...
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How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?

How can I remove a brick patio set in concrete and on a concrete slab? Is it possible for a woman to do this herself?
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What options are available for improving the appearance of a concrete porch?

We have been looking to do something with our entrance patio flooring. We have some options to have it re-layered with concrete, but we would like something that is better looking and have ...
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How far apart should I space rafters for a 13ft patio?

I'm looking to build a patio roof (shed style) and need to span 13ft. I've found several span tables online, some of them with different maximum distances between the rafters. Is it ok to use 2x8s ...
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Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? Is an additional concrete footer needed?