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Drain holes aren't a practical solution here. If you insist on drilling them, you'll need a high powered impact drill with a concrete bit, then you either have to dig a trench on the outside to get the drill positioned parallel to the ground or pry up the concrete so you can drill above ground. At that point, you're still going to have a maintenance chore as ...


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Stake out the four corners. Find a way to mark each stake at the same height. A laser level would be easiest. If you don't have one of those, you can get string-line levels that hang from a string between each stake. Once you have 4 level marks, you can now figure where the mark should be on the high end. Figure out where you want the top of the patio to ...


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Prying up a few bricks isn't that intrusive. I'd obviously do it from the outer edge. Pull up 3 or 4 bricks and see what's underneath. There should be 1" or so of sand, and then compacted stone. If it's just dirt, then yes, you likely want to pull out the entire patio and redo it. If there is a proper base, however, you could likely pull up the bricks in the ...



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