Questions tagged [patio]

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Paver Patio with Backfill Settlement Around Block Foundation

Main Question: I've been told that a concrete skirt (8" sloped pad) below the frost line and attached to the foundation via rebar is a good solution for putting pavers next to a block wall ...
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Patio Deck Piers Construction

I have some piers under my patio deck. What kind of pier is it? Are there concrete footings underneath these green poles? I am remaking my deck, and would like to add some more of these. I can't see ...
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Polymeric sand or replace original paver sand?

My back patio is made from closely placed paver bricks. Weeds and moss grow up from between the cracks. I've pressure washed the whole area off, removed all of the moss, and pulled out all of the ...
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What is the purpose of a 6" base gravel layer in patio installation?

All standard drawings for patio installation show a base gravel layer. What is the purpose of this layer? Depending on the answer, I am curious what this forum feels about this product as replacement ...
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Outdoor kitchen on sloped patio

I am building an outdoor kitchen using standard 8"x8"x16" concrete blocks on a concrete patio which slopes away from the house. The length of kitchen is 120" and the slope of the ...
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Can this failing concrete patio be resurfaced and how?

Parts of my concrete patio are eroding from around the gravel on the surface. I think it was built in the 70s or 80s. Some parts of the patio are in great condition, others are very bad. Shown ...
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Can I use a .006" (.15mm) orifice mist nozzle on a mid-pressure patio misting system?

Specifically, the pressure is around 200 PSI. I get the impression from what I have Googled that .006 and below may only work for high-pressure systems.
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Structural (cored) bricks for a patio?

I have the opportunity to purchase some pallets of structural bricks, the cored ones with three holes in them. I want to use them to build a patio but I live in Ohio where the winters can get harsh. ...
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Rafters directly to steel beam with structural screws?

I'm building a patio cover. I have 2x6 rafters that will sit on top a steel C-beam. My first thought was to bolt a 2x4 to the top of the beam and use Simpson hangers to attach the rafters. I also have ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

I brought back some pink powdered sand from a recent vacation. I want to use it to grout and seal a stone patio I laid at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell with a drain. How should/can I do this?
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Is it normal for a freestanding pergola to wobble a little bit?

We built our first pergola (20'x 18' x 10' tall). We used cedar with 6 - 6x6 posts with 30-inch concrete footings attached with 1/2" J bolts to OWT/OZCO post bases. We have double 2x8 beams that span ~...
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Handling water flowing over a patio

I have a water issue in our backyard that can mostly be solved by our neighbor handling it properly. But even if they do, I expect a large storm to put us in the current situation. The consequence of ...
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Replacing a Bent 36" x 80" Sliding Screen Door?

I'm looking to replace a bent 36 x 80 sliding screen door (screen no longer closes at the bottom leaving a sizable wedge open out to the air), but I can't find any that are the right size at Home ...
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Should Cement Patio be Poured Level with Foundation?

We want to pour cement at the front door but aren't sure if we should pour it below, level with, or above the existing foundation. If we pour it above, wouldn't there be a good chance water would be ...
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Where can I drill onto exterior walls of the house and detached garage for installing the heavier patio string lights

I am a new home owner and not really aware if I would cause long term damage by drilling any where I feel like. So I am seeking help from the forum. Highly appreciate all the help ! The lights will be ...
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When should I seal fir deck boards on my porch?

I'm replacing my rotted out deck that's old tongue and groove fir planks. I'm treating them with Borate mix today and tomorrow and would like a natural finish in the end. It's a covered deck. I've ...
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How to attach single step for deck where deck rim joist is not low enough to overlap step rim board

Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this: I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here ...
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Paver patio inset from rough dug edge?

I have dug out the rough patio shape down to the required depth. Not sure of one thing, should I inset the patio some measurement from the rough edge or can I lay the patio up against the rough edge? ...
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How should I fill a 3" gap between patio and home exterior

I recently had my house re-sided from stucco to a much thinner Hardie Board. There is now a 3" gap between the foundation and patio. Both for considerations of water proofing and my spotty ...
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Building patio using natural stone and mortar

I have a new house and there are rocks all over the place here. The sizes of these rocks range from 3x3x3 inches to 2x2x2 feet, all coming in irregular shapes. I have an area roughly 10x30 feet and I ...
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Patio Door identification

I'm trying to find a replacement panel for a patio door. Does anyone know what the door would be based on this label I found on it? Thanks
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substitute for missing patio umbrella parts

I have a weighted patio umbrella base in which you insert a curved metal piece and then tighten the umbrella into place by hand-twisting a bolt into place. I seem to have lost the metal insert and ...
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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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How long should it take a professional to lay a patio?

Two people laying paving stones, total area 5m x 3m, paving stones approximately 300x300, 300x600 and 600x600. Roughly how many man hours is reasonable for this? In particular, once dug out and hard ...
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How to Raise/Level a Sunken Patio Slab at the corner?

I recently purchased a house and it has a very nice, solid backyard patio slab. The slab has no cracks whatsoever and is attached well to the house's foundation/slab. However, due to the property ...
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Will concrete poured over wet ground be more likely to crack and disintegrate?

What if you’ve had lots of rain & humidity. Our area is slightly sloped. The ground is clay, rocks & some sand. I’m concerned about having concrete poured on a wet ground. We need to have the ...
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Should I let my contractor drill and set rebar dowels in my concrete storm shelter to secure a concrete patio that will be poured around it?

I want to pour a 16 x 22 patio from my house foundation (slab) and encasing 3/4 sides of the storm shelter. The contractor states he will drill and place rebar dowel every 2 feet into the foundation ...
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How should I drain an area of gravel between a sidewalk and retaining wall?

We are reclaiming a flower bed and extending our existing patio. After a gully washer I am now concerned about drainage for this 5ft by 36ft impervious surface we are adding. We are also adding a ...
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I’ve had sliding patio doors in which won’t open

My sliding patio doors won’t open. I took off the door handle and locking lever is bent so took that out as well, the picture is what I can see now.
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Longevity Stamped Concrete vs. Normal Concrete?

I have a backyard and have a planned 950 sq. ft. patio to be poured. In the past, I've had normal broom swept concrete for a patio and this time I'm thinking of going to a stamped concrete with ...
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Can I use dense foam board instead of paver base for laying patio pavers?

I was told blue dense styrofoam that they use for housing walls would work the same as the expensive EZ Base. Thoughts?
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What is the best proportion sand/cement to do pavers?

I want to make my own patio using pre-made molds. I would like to know if I can use only cement and sand. Will it be resistant or do I need to add aggregates. What should be the ratio?
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Sanding Down Portion of Flagstone Patio

Good morning - I'm installing a new door to my crawl space that provides a tighter seal. The older door left a small gap underneath the door. The crawl space door is right off of my flagstone patio. ...
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What is the best way to drain my patio?

Here is what the lowest corner of my patio looks like in heavy rain. My plan is to remove some of the cement bricks in that corner and to create some sort of drain -not sure if I should connect it to ...
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How can I seal between a concrete patio and a brick wall?

I have patio that's connected with brick from my house. Where the brick and the patio meet there is a crack along the entire perimeter. Its a fairly small no larger than a hairline crack. I'd like to ...
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Wire mesh or rebar

I am extending my back patio and am planning on reinforcing the new slab. I live in South Louisiana. Should I use wire mesh or rebar for this?
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Replace gas patio heater with what size electric?

I currently has a propane gas patio heater. Its design allows a massive amount of heat to escape upward instead of being reflected downward due to its use of combustion to produce heat. I would like ...
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Raised patio sitting on 215mm brickwall sitting on block and beam floor

We have built a raised patio. We built a 215mm brick wall 3 meters away from the extension and sat block and beam floor on this 150mm lower than the block and beam floor for the extension. We then ...
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Can I use an alternative to silver sand for colored paver grout?

I want to mix white cement and silver sand to get the right colour jointing to replace existing mortar. I can't find silver sand locally, can I use an alternative sand?
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Exterior Cement Patio poured all the way to exterior brick of the house. Water proofing options?

My house was built in 1955, at some point (unknown) a cement patio was poured beside the house. The cement was poured all the way to the brick work of the house (No visible gap or nor is there a good ...
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Resurface exposed aggregate concrete patio

Is it possible to resurface an exposed aggregate concrete patio? My current patio surface is about 20 years old, and the aggregate has deteriorated a bit and is pretty ugly looking and painful to walk ...
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Can I put crushed stone on top of sand base for brick patio?

I have a brick patio that is not level and filled with weeds. There are areas where it slopes down and the back up. I live in Maryland so it can get really hot and cold but I have not seen other areas ...
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Patio extension

Patio is 30ft x 22 ft. What is the max span i can have without splitting 22ft into two spans? 30 ft has posts at 15 ft span. If so what would be the size of wooden beam? On top it has to support a ...
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Fence posts through patio stones

Is it a bad idea to put a fence post "through" patio stones? We're building a patio and then enclosing 2 sides of it with a privacy wall. I want to make the patio larger than the enclosed area so ...
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Deck blocks on patio stones

I am planning to build the 16x18ft floating deck in the back of my townhouse. The back patio is paved with 12x24" patio stones and I am trying to figure out if I should remove patio stones and ...
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Fixing slope on concrete patio - grinding a drainage channel?

My house has a concrete patio (about 16x16 though its 5-sided) which is not sloped properly for drainage. In some sections it seems basically level, in others (near the doorway of course) it actually ...
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How should I seal a covered, tongue and groove porch?

I'm looking to install and seal a tongue and groove (1x4, fir) porch to replace the original tongue and groove at our home. The porch is covered. I want to keep a natural, clear finish. I assumed I ...
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The right base for a gravel patio

There's lots of information online and videos on YouTube on how to build a gravel patio, but they usually don't have enough specifics. They say "you may want to do this" or "pour base ...
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How can I direct heat from a fire pit table?

I have a propane fire pit in the center of a table on our patio. Since the weather is still fairly chilly where we are, I was trying to think of something creative to channel the heat towards the 4 ...
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How to remove bricks cemented on patio floor? Who do we hire? [closed]

My patio has some bricks cemented on top of older ones that I wish to remove. What kind of service do we need to hire for having the top bricks removed? Cement or mortar was used to set the bricks.

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