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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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Pouring concrete patio over deck piers

I'm thinking of getting rid of our current deck and pouring a patio. Under the deck are 14 8-10"x42" deep footers. I'm wondering if I'm going to run into settling issues since those won't budge. ...
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Water Problem on Patio

Spotted water settling on patio...removed some cement tiles and found a crack in the 16 year old slab of poured cement ....water was flowing up from beneath the slab. Have a little hill behind a ...
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Are smaller or larger pavers better for covering a concrete patio?

I have a large ( 16' x 16' ) thick slab concrete patio that is pouted in 8 x 8 blocks. it has significant spalling and some settling. The concrete is 6" thick and situation in such a way that tearing ...
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

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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Patio wall ideas

I live in a townhouse that is near a park. There are some days that the park is much louder than usual and once in a blue moon they play some music which has loud bass noise. I am trying to put mass ...
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How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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What is this cement coating?

I have this coating on my front porch which is starting to disintegrate. I think the porch slab is probably still good, so I want to just replace the coating but I can't figure out what it is. I'm ...
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What is this part of the the sliding patio door called?

I need to replace this part, but have no idea what is called. It is a vinyl part that has warped between the sliding glass door and the screen door for an exterior patio door. Don't see anything like ...
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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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How to support the side of concrete steps?

Last spring, we decided to remove a concrete walkway (and much of the soil underneath it) behind our house and replace it with either a pea gravel or decomposed granite patio with boxwoods and a fire ...
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Raised Concrete Patio Drainage

I recently purchased this house which has a raised concrete patio in the rear that has a large depression in the middle probably 4' wide by 6' long. You can see the cracks in the concrete where the ...
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Extend Roof for Patio Cover

I have a corner patio area that I want to cover by extending the current roof. The side is 14.5' long and 9.5' wide. The slope is along the 9.5' side. I want to extend the roof line marked with ...
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Are these steps for refreshing a patio floor correct?

My patio floor needs refreshing. While at it, I'd like to avoid the boring gray and use a hint of color, either gray-blue or gray-green. Here are the steps that I have planned: Lower the nails ...
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How do cedar and pine compare as decking materials?

I'm replacing an old deck in my backyard. The existing deck is about 15X15 and is at ground level. I'm trying to decide between treated pine (Ac2) and cedar. Synthetic/composite wood is too ...
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How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?

I am planning on building a raised concrete patio. I would like to build the perimeter of block and fill it with stone and then cap it in concrete to be finished with blue stone later. The patio will ...
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Concrete patio against the house

I am going to be starting a project in which I will be pouring my patio next to my home, it will be approx 10' x 50' The home is on a concrete slab, no basement. I have to two questions. What is ...
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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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Carpeting over a ceramic tile patio- backerboard?

We have a 20ft x 10' second floor patio outside the master bedroom. Structurally, it is sound. The tile matches bedroom and rest of house- looks very nice. However, we want to put a good outdoor ...
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Is it ok to install a patio door tightly in the rough opening?

I'm now installing 2 large patio door sliders that require the frame heightened. When I resize the framing opening, is it possible to have the door/window fit perfectly on all four sides with no gap? ...
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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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Can brick patio and walk edging be removed without damaging the edging?

The original installed patio and walk plastic edging around my brick pavers has become dislodged and is above the lawn line in some places. Can those places or all of the edging be removed and will ...
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Why would a patio heater slowly die out over time?

I have a propane patio heater similar to this one... I have an issue where the flame will slowly die down over a period of time. Let's say within 30 minutes it goes from full flame to something ...
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Brand New French Doors Installed By Contractor.. Leaks same day. Is this normal?

I am a new home owner and we had sliding doors for our patio doors that came with the home. Never had issues with water coming in until we just had a French door installed on our kitchen heading out ...
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Ugly dark leaf stains on a concrete patio - any modern 2015-ish way to treat them? [duplicate]

I know about the what-is-the-best-way-to-remove-and-prevent-leaf-stains-on-concrete-pavers question and its answers, and I'm trying to revive it and continue the search for the perfect answer. I'm in ...
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How can I take down an awning?

I need to take down this awning for the winter. It's 20ft x 10ft. The 20ft side (the side on the right in the picture, adjacent to the house) is wrapped around a 20ft-long steel beam. The three other ...
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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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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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Unsure if structure is solid concrete

My home was built in 1957. It has a 10x10 3foot high brick patio with a concrete slab on top. We are replacing the deck which is much bigger. The deck on the slab rotted due to water pooling in a ...
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Why is the water dripping from my patio furniture removing the sand from the joints between bricks?

I recently removed the bricks from my patio and I put them back after I added more limestone in order to slope it correctly. The sand was put back using a a plate compactor. Everything is fine ...
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How to get water to hop from patio over brick wall?

I have a concrete patio elevated a few feet above the lawn. The patio is bordered by a brick wall (on 3 sides, with the house on the 4th) that extends higher than the top of the concrete of the patio ...
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Which latch would work with this screen door?

I recently bought a used condo, and it has a sliding patio door. The glass door works fine, but I noticed that the screen door is missing a latch. Here is a photo: Considering the holes in the ...
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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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Building Patio - Pavers against siding solution?

I used crushed gravel as a base for patio. I'd like the patio to get as close as possible to the house but am realizing that it may not be good to put the pavers right up against the siding. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use Murphy's oil soap to remove pine sap from composite decking?

Does anyone know of anyway to remove pine sap from composite decking? I saw some posts that recommended using Murphy's Oil Soap for removing it from wood decks. How to Remove Tree Sap from a Wood ...
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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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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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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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Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue

We have outdoor carpet on my covered patio that we want to remove. The problem is that the glue holding the carpet down is orange and very ugly. ow can I remove this glue safely without injuring my ...
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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 ...