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Looking to extend covered patio and need ideas/toughts!

We are looking at having a contractor extend our covered patio. Looking to cover the entire area from the hot tub to the current covered portion but come out further. We would like to keep the ceiling ...
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How to prevent water from pooling at back door when it rains

I have an uncovered, concrete patio and front porch, and spent who knows how long researching and testing out different outdoor mats. I live in Va, so I get everything from blazing sun to downpours to ...
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Grass up to patio not draining [closed]

I have grass right up to my patio. It is edged and lately the rain or when a lot of water is sprayed on the patio, it does not drain. Eventually it does. Can I peel back the grass and removed some ...
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Best way to make use of this porch [closed]

Bought a house last year that had a 12x22 metal roof porch over a concrete slab patio in front of the front door. East facing. Made our house super dark because it went over the only window in the ...
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Rotted Rim Joist/Sill Plate Behind Concrete Patio

hoping for some guidance on a rotted rim joist/sill plate found in the crawlspace. The rim joist in question runs along the front of the house and is parallel to the other joists. I believe the front ...
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Replacing a small rotted deck, question about framing/step

So the small deck (or patio? it barely feels worth calling a deck at this point) on the front door of my house was rotted and sagging, so I pulled it out. After going over the DCA6 guide, I realized ...
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Freestanding Patio Cover Beam Size

Trying to build something like this but with a 16ft span: https://www.backyarddiscovery.com/collections/slope-roof-gazebos/products/12-x-9-5-arcadia-gazebo I'd like to build a slope roof patio cover ...
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What should go under my stone house foundation?

After diggers have cleared out the rock around my back wall, I can see that in some spots the foundation appears to have gaps underneath. I assume if I kept digging it would eventually hit rock again....
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How to restore my old pebble stone driveway?

My driveway and patio is all made of this pebble stone / pebblecrete / pebble dash / chattahoochee from the 70’s. It’s in pretty bad cosmetic shape. I don’t have it in my budget to rip it out and ...
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How can I support a flexing exterior threshold?

I've installed a new patio door which has wider threshold and now it bends a little when I step on it since it has no support underneath. Any ideas hot to cover that area and add support so it looks ...
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Why is newly poured cement patio already chipping?

We had our entire back patio poured by a company that prides themselves on cold weather material. Why is this chipping only 5 months later?
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How to protect Patio door from rain [closed]

Have a rental property and this house has patio on backside. There is no canopy or awing over my patio door. It been getting damaged at the bottom due to rain. How to protect this patio door from rain?...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

Update/solution for future reference: I used a laser level set 20in. above desired top the joists and then laid a joist on its side next to where it would ultimately be positioned and then used a ...
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Which is better for a patio: 16 ft or 8 ft planks? [closed]

When laying the planks for a patio, is there any advantage to keeping them at 16 ft, and adding the extra few feet, as in the first image, or is it a better idea to splice them every 8 ft, as in the ...
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What's the safest way to attach support wires to posts for long runs of string lights?

A very crude drawing of my patio/pool is below. I want to light the place up with LED string lights, but I am wary of damaging the pergola posts. Specifically for the cables that would cross the pool. ...
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Sliding Patio door mortise lock not able to take out

I need to replace the mortise lock on my sliding patio door. The process, which includes removing two screws and take out the existing lock, seems to be straight forward. But I am not able to take out ...
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Is my plan for a covered patio build reasonable?

I’m looking to build a covered patio. It will be 13’ long and 35’ wide. For the ledger I will be using 2x8s attached to the house with 5” lag screws. The rafters will also be 2x8s 16” oc. I have 6x6 ...
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How can I span a 25ft beam?

I'm planning to build a detached patio cover over an existing 24'x30' slab. I want to cover half of the slab and intend to pour new footings directly outside the existing slab. If possible I would ...
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What is the proper way to protect house from raised patio installation?

I'm in the middle of a project where we removed a rotting deck (termites) and are in the process of installing a raised patio with pavers. The fill the contractor is using for the paver foundation is ...
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Can I stain my recently-installed Hollandstone brick pavers (patio)

We just had a hollandstone brick paver patio installed. One problem: wife had sent the contractor the wrong paver color. Patio is a “River” hollandstone from unilock (mostly tans with some blue/gray). ...
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Are loose-stacked bricks a suitable base for concrete steps?

We have a contractor building a set of concrete steps outside of our house (will be leading to a new French door whenever we get the door). They are using a bunch of left over bricks as filler they ...
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How can I install a new patio door where overhead framing obstructs access?

I am getting ready to replace a window and install a patio door to the outside which has a covered patio. However, the top of the window, roughly where the top of the patio door will fit, will be very ...
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Options for hanging string lights on patio?

I'm wanting to hang string lights to cover my 20x20 patio but struggling with the best option. I had been planning to use two 8' 4x4 posts secured to 26" half whiskey barrels by retrofit post ...
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How do I slope a retaining wall for a raised patio?

I am planning a raised paver patio for my back door. The patio will be 8' x 12' and will need to be 2' off the ground. My understanding is that a patio should have a 1/8" slope away from the ...
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How can I prevent mold and rot in a ground-level deck?

We bought a townhouse a few years ago and they had just put this wooden patio in. It was just unfinished wood and I was lazy, then we had a baby, and never got around to sealing it. We have finally ...
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Can I remove this door sill?

I have Amtico flooring booked in to replace the existing vinyl and I’m wondering if this sill can be removed to create more space or is it part of the structure/ support for the patio doors? Sorry for ...
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Installing outdoor ceiling fan on stucco, no electric box

I’m wanting to install an outdoor ceiling fan on my back patio, the covered area is stucco and there currently isn’t an electrical box. Don’t know where studs are either. Is this an easy DIY or should ...
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How do I properly rebuild this retaining wall?

Retaining Wall breakdown progress I wanted to replace the posts on my porch but the retaining wall was getting dangerously close to them so I had to address it first. I started taking it down and I ...
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Tying Into Existing Gas Line Near Patio

I have a natural gas line entering the back of house for indoor fireplace one foot from my patio. I would like to buy a natural gas grill for the patio. Of course I would hire the work done, but first ...
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Raised paver patio - does it need to be replaced?

hoping for some help here. Can’t tell if salesman are trying to hose for me for cash. This patio was built 3 years ago, right before I bought my house. Prior inspector (not mine) said there may need ...
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How to Prevent Lizards from Entering Screened-In Patio with Thin-Bolted Aluminum Door?

I'm seeking advice on effectively blocking lizards from entering my screened-in patio. I don't want to kill the lizards, I just want them to stop getting into the screened-in patio and getting stuck, ...
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How wet a hole (with rain) is too wet to put concrete anchors in? [closed]

A few weeks ago I drilled 1/4" holes in my patio slab to mount some ~6' tall 4x4s with post brackets and wedge anchors (for a catio - ideally able to bear the weight of jumping cats). But I didn'...
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Outdoor Wood Refresh

We bought a new home in April and I'm looking to refresh and update some wood beams for our patio and possibly some wood walls on the shed to clean up the look a little bit. I'm wondering if using ...
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Lean to free standing patio cover

I am building a 12'x 20' free standing lean to off the back of the house. I am planning on using 4"x4" posts with a 4"x6" beam across the back and front, with a 4"x6" ...
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patching crack in flagstone patio

My flagstone patio is developing cracks at the joints. I would like to know how to patch/seal them to avoid water from sipping excessively into the ground. I understand patching is not a water proof ...
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How To Remove Rug Stain/Discoloration on Concrete Patio

Seeing if anyone can help me to get rid of this stain/discoloration left behind from an outdoor rug. We had this patio laid last summer and we chose to have it tinted a slightly darker grey than ...
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Should a paver patio slope in the direction of yard grade? [closed]

I recently went with a contractor to get pavers installed. They are working on the patio and this is a photo of the installation that I took today. The contractor said that since my yard is higher on ...
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Any way to salvage this Wayfair gazebo roof? [closed]

A few years ago I picked up a gazebo from Wayfair. Hail has not been kind to the roof. The roof is made from these thick sheets of mostly hollow plastic that's similar in cross-section to cardboard. ...
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Is this gap under my patio sidelights okay?

As part of a larger remodel, my contractor installed new sidelights by our kitchen patio doors. But the outdoor side of the threshold on which the sidelights sit seems to be cracked and not filled. Is ...
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What is the North American term for sand used in making mortar for laying a sandstone patio?

I've been watching Brits prepare and lay patio stone on Youtube, and have been reading blogs by Brits. They recommend using "sharp sand" to make the mortar for laying sandstone rectangles. ...
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How to seal gazebo post bases already installed?

First time homeowner as of this week. During our inspection, inspector raised concerns over the rot occurring at the base of the posts on the gazebo located on our back porch. He recommended sealing ...
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Can I use a full whiskey barrel for sun shade sail with rocks instead of concrete?

I have a 20 x 10 sun shade. 3 sides will anchor to the house. The other corner I was hoping to anchor from a 8' 6" post put in a fully intact whiskey barrel. Just cut the top and place the post ...
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Best way to repoint a patio with strong mortar?

In our previous home, we had a patio laid in two sections. The first time, the workmen carefully filled the gaps with pre-mixed mortar. The second time, a different workman brushed dry mortar into the ...
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How do I stop wire rope from losing tension?

I have recently set up wire rope to support my installation of retractable sail shades. My setup is as follows: I connected 2 ropes in parallel that run from the back of my house to fence posts. ...
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Best solution for cutting out mortar bedding?

I have been putting down porcelain tiles and I noticed one was slighly loose so I manageed to lift it up so that I can put new mortar down, slurry on the tile and place it back down. Question is what ...
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How can I locate a rim joist in a two-story brick house?

Second floor Rim board location I need to know how to spot it to install the ledger using BVLZ from Simpson Strong-Tie. My house, second story, floor rim board is behind the brick wall I was told, ...
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Looking to reconfigure my existing patio to a load bearing patio cover

I have a 3” slab of concrete. I have a header board running nearly 20 feet across my house and no posts under it. (The roof slopes from about 9 feet down to its posts at the 3” slab ends at just about ...
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Documenting footers in concrete slab for future patio cover

I intend to pour a concrete patio slab on the back of my house. I might, possibly, want to add a patio cover over it in the future. So I'm planning to add footers in the slab for potential future ...
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Can a double beam of 2x12 handle a span of 16 feet for a patio roof?

I want to build a patio cover. The total area for the roof is 20ft x12ft ( regular roof shingles to match the house) . I want to use only 2 post( 6'x6') per side , at 16 feet between centers with 2 ...
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concrete patio, grading, geotextile [closed]

I am about to make a concrete slab patio along the wall of my house facing the backyard (38' long house wall, 10' wide concrete slab). To ensure proper water drainage (now, water may stay next to the ...
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