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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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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 type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Looking to install either tile or pavers over a concrete slab in questionable condition that slopes toward my house

I'm an owner builder who grew up building houses with my dad. I recently purchased a long-term investment property in Los Angeles and am in the home stretch of a 3 month project. It's done a pretty ...
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Stone for seating area

I am currently planning to build an outdoor seating area around a fire pit, in a relatively flat and level area. I am trying to decide whether to have some kind of small stone or gravel for the ...
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Flagstone deck and retaining walls

About 8 years ago my brother and I removed a large wooden raised deck in my parents back yard. To be more specific this is a ranch house with a basement and the back of the house is straight except ...
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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 the footers won't ...
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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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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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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.