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How to add on to a concrete patio?

I would like to add on to my existing concrete patio with more concrete. I will about double the size of the patio. My question is, should I have the new patio free floating from the existing or ...
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What should the ratio of crushed rock and sand for a paver patio be?

In effort to find a good answer I've been all over the internet looking for an answer to exactly how thick of a layer of crushed rock and how thick of a layer of sand to use for a patio. Or at 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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Selecting a sliding patio door

I live in the Boulder Colorado area where we have hot intense sunny summer days, and below zero freezing winter nights. We are planning to install a sliding patio door in a south facing full sun area. ...
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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
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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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Should I supporting a load via anchors in brick or mortar?

I'm attempting to hang window flower boxes (a metal frame with a moss/fabric insert, filled with dirt/flowers/water for a total weight of about 15 lbs) on a brick wall. An example of a similar metal ...
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Will I have problems from waiting to grout patio tiles?

I laid porcelain tiles on my patio a couple months ago. Life and weather has kept me from grouting the tile. Is a couple months between laying the tile and grouting too long? What problems are ...
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What kind of paver edging should be used that won't show when completed?

I have a patio in progress. Currently I've got a big square hole with a few inches of gravel in it. The top surface of the gravel is about 2 inches below the ground, so most likely the pavers will ...
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What are the drawbacks of putting down pavers for an alley without a sub-surface?

I have a 5' x 20' alleyway whose only real purpose is to hold the trash bins and maybe a deckbox, so it sees little traffic. The problem is that in order to do it "right" I'll be spending around $600 ...
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Got too aggressive with steel wool on pavers, how can I make this look right?

A friend of mine suggested using steel wool to remove stains from paver stones. This turned out to be a pretty dumb thing to do. Many of the pavers have been obviously smoothed out and the color is ...
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What is a cheap patio solution for a muddy area in my backyard?

I have an area just at the end of my current patio that I have tried to grow grass in for a few years with no luck. The area is heavily shaded, it is between two large maples. Plus I have two large ...
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How do I seal seams between bricks on a patio without using sand?

I have a patio that's made of bricks with fine sand filling the gaps. This is turning out to be a maintenance hassle. Every time the kid or dog gets mud or crud on the patio I hose it off and manage ...
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How to cut Patio Pavers

I would like to lay patio pavers for a patio in a diagonal fashion. I would like to know what kind of tool I should use to cut the pavers in half. They are about 2" thick, and I'd like to not use ...
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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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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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How do I dig out a hole for fence posts in a concrete patio?

I'm installing a short fence to run from the side of my house to the external garage. It will run along a seam where my asphalt driveway meets my concrete patio. I'm fairly certain that the footers ...
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How do I repair the bottom lip of a concrete slab?

(My issue is kind of like this question but more of a missing chunk than a thin crack.) I have a concrete patio in the front of my house that was fixed by a previous owner after a bottom chunk broke ...
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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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Does polymeric sand make patio repairs impossible?

One of the contractors bidding on my concrete-paver patio said that using polymeric sand between pavers makes repairs impossible. I will need to make small repairs to this patio since the posts of an ...
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How much compaction should I get from crushed rock?

I was in the middle of moving rock into the patio area till the wee hour of midnight last night when I realized I knew my 4" mark for the paver base depth. But I have no idea how much the base is ...
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Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?

I'm planning on redoing all of my walkways as well as a small patio in the back yard. I'm trying to decide between concrete with exposed aggregate or rubber pavers. The whole market for rubber ...
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Can I lay pavers over a concrete patio?

I have a concrete patio in my backyard that's in pretty good condition. We don't like how it looks, so we'd like to cover it up with brick or pavers. Looking online, it appears that most people ...
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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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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 I build a 28" retaining wall using blocks with no lip?

I am building a wall that is 10.5' long and 28" high. There will also be side walls sloping down from both corners to enclose a patio. I would like to use blocks that are 15" wide, 5" tall and 8" ...
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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 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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How can I repair some broken patio stones?

The patio around my pool has shown some cracks recently, and today a piece about as big as my fist fell off. What is the best way to repair the broken piece, and what kind of preventative maintenance ...
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The mortar between my patio bricks is crumbling away

The bricks on my front porch have some sort of mortar that crumbles away more and more every time I pull a weed from it. You could pick this stuff away with an awl but it is not just sand that you ...
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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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Repair a popped up brick in an otherwise level brick patio

My brick patio is very level. Unfortunately, a nearby tree has sent a root that is now causing a brick to pop up. Before the issue spreads I'd like to pry the brick up and remove the offending root. ...
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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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Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?

I have a variety of plastic / wood / metal patio furniture that I am looking to store over the winter. Unfortunately, I don't have space inside to store it. We usually see temperatures of about 10 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Laying pavers over existing concrete patio and extending to compacted gravel base

I have an approximately 1000sqft area I want to put pavers on. I am doing it myself so I was wanting to run my idea by others just to make sure I’m on the right track. About half of the area ...
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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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How can I make a park bench more sturdy?

I purchased a park bench for my patio But it's a little on the flimsy side and I'm afraid someone is going to throw themselves down on it and it's going to break. In what way can I strengthen the ...
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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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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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How do I measure a standard sliding glass door?

We are going to hire somebody to replace our sliding glass patio door. Its a standard sliding glass patio door, similar looking to this: I am going to buy the replacement door at auction, but ...
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Why should I not use standard “house” bricks for a patio?

I'm looking to put in a brick patio and have been really wanting to do it with reclaimed road bricks. The problem here is sourcing enough to do an entire 18x18 patio and not spending a months salary ...
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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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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 ...