Questions tagged [patio]

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Paving - Indian Sandstone patio - jointing

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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Create new patio door in basement by cutting concrete

My basement has about 2.5 ft of concrete along the wall. The reason is that the outside is a slope/hill and that 2.5" depth is just dirt. I like to install a patio door to my backyard 60x80 which is 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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How do I secure “hanging” front facing pavers?

I have a stone walkway and steps up to my front door, and the front facing pavers/stones on the top step have come loose yet again. When I put them back up, in order to have them flush at the top of ...
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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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Alternative to wood furring strips?

Just bought a house with a pool. The pool decking is comprised of large, square concrete pads that are separated by wood furring strips. The prior owner has used pressure-treated 1x2s atop a small ...
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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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How to extend a concrete patio

I am trying to extend my back patio like this Eventually, I want to extend the full 18 feet, but for now I am planning to just do the 5 feet by 5.5 feet section in blue. This section will be attached ...
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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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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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Hanging string lights from stone

I have several solid stone pillars (approx 4' high) running along the edge of my patio. I would like to hang string lights along the stones using something like Q-Hanger hooks. But I do not know how ...
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Why would a patio heater slowly die out over time?

I have a propane (not LP) patio heater similar to this one... using a 20-lb. propane tank... I have an issue where the flame will slowly die down over a period of time. Let's say within 30 minutes ...
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Is there an objective way to measure how easily a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly?

Is there an objective way to measure how easy a sliding patio door is moving and if it is adjusted properly? I just installed my sliding vinyl patio door and since it is slightly larger than usual (...
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Adjusting a sliding patio door: does the door have to rest equally on both rollers?

I have a strange problem. Both jambs are plumb, the sill is level but the sliding door does not close properly if I do not raise one of the rollers almost to the maximum. Funny thing is that this ...
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Installing a sliding patio door…why does the entire frame have to be square, level and plumb?

It has been raining cats and dogs for two days (fall wet season). I am looking at my newly installed but but not sealed patio door that is not screwed, not plumb-ed and not leveled and I am trying to ...
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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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Moving awning support column

I'm wondering if it would be possible to move this support column 1 meter to the left, so that it lines up with the start of the sliding doors instead of being in the middle of it. Would I need to add ...
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How to install artificial turf on a fiberglass rooftop deck?

I want to install some artificial turf on my rooftop patio deck. I have seen this sort of installation in several other homes and it looks awesome; it also appears to be installed in place (ie, not ...
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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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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 lay the ...
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Is this a properly done aggregate courtyard

A restoration company came out to repair our aggregate courtyard that they damaged while working on our home at their cost (which they should). We also had them extend the courtyard up to the front ...
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Sand and refinish uneven concrete

My patio concrete shows multiple pieces put together in the past I am thinking of renting a concrete grinder 10” and make it even. Then either paint or put something on top to cover. I may fill the ...
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DIY Installing a sliding patio door -not sure about the clearance I need around the door

It seems that my existing vinyl patio door is near standard but not quite there Here are the dimensions: H 81" W 69 3/8" D 5 3/8" On the lateral sides I have room as follows -left side 1.5" (the ...
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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 first ...
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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" deep,...
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How do I smooth patio concrete for tile while maintaining slope?

I just poured concrete for an outside patio that is roughly 21' long x 5' wide. It has the appropriate slope for drainage. Once it's fully cured I plan to lay 24" x 16" travertine stone tiles over ...
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Should I seal sandstone? Based in UK

Deciding between porcelain 18mm and sandstone 24mm both grey. The porcelain cost about 1/3 more however if i have to seal the sandstone the cost isnt that different and over time probably works out ...
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How to bind pebbles in-between pavers?

I have roughly 700 square feet of pebbles and pavers in my back yard, and the issue I'm having is that when I step on the pebbles, they move all over the place. I'd like to apply some kind of binding ...
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How much volume is lost after compacting 3/4" crushed stone?

I'm putting in a stepping stone path. The stones will be on top of 4" of packed, 3/4"- (three quarter minus) stone - which packs to a nice, solid base. My question is, if I know that the volume of ...
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Patio gate not at right angle to the house

I am currently building a fenced in patio, and the entrance gate will not be at a right angle to the corner of the house. My question: should I angle the post that sits beside the house to be square ...
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Recommendations for fixing 1/2 inch difference in retaining wall height under pavers

I'm working on installing a patio that is held up by a retaining wall on one side and has blocks around most of the rest where it is adjacent to a deck. For the most part, the blocks are level and ...
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How to automatically adjust furniture leg length

My patio slabs were not laid perfectly true, so the garden furniture (uPVC table and chairs) wobbles. The usual fix for this is to slip folded paper or card under a leg – but I would like a more long-...
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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?

Due to bad timing I won't have anybody to help me with this other than my wife. In order to make it easier I would like to remove the doors before putting the frame in position, then put back either ...
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Upgrading patio supports

I have a patio roof that is sagging in one corner due to a poorly constructed slab. I am going to install 4 concrete columns 2 ft in the ground and 2 ft above with a post support mounted in the form. ...
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Need More Water in Quikrete than Recommended

I am pouring a series of concrete slabs for a patio and I’m using standard 80lb Quikrete bags (https://www.homedepot.com/p/100318511). The directions recommend 3qts of water per bag and a max of 4....
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How to widen deck past beam

I want to extend my deck 12x16 to 12x18. What is the easiest way to widen the deck by 2 feet from a structural standpoint? How do I go wider than the beam?
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Screening in carport

Wanting to screen in existing carport. I went to architecture school, so I have some building knowledge, but no hands on experience other than installing porcelain tiles in a small bathroom once. ...
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Hand compactor vs. plate compactor

I am building a small patio using clay brick pavers. The pavers are being installed over an existing concrete slab. I laid an inch of concrete sand over the slab, and will install the bricks on top of ...
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light and ceiling fan wiring diagram

i have a patio cover, i want to wiring 2 light and a fan with light (one light on each side of ceiling fan, so the fan will be in the center). i want two 3 ways switch to control all the lights, one ...
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Would a concrete ramp added to an existing slab be less durable?

To remediate a situation my concrete company caused by changing the layout without consulting me, they propose to add a ramp partially on an existing (though new ~10 days) slab. I'm worried that it ...
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Flagstone joint filler options

What should I use to fill these flagstones joints? Joint size is between 1-4". Is mortar my best option? Will polymeric sand work with these huge gaps?
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Polymeric sand loosens when slightly wet, is that normal, and what's the best way to cover it?

I laid polymeric sand on a patio (made of paver blocks), and it looked great. I followed the instructions, and it didn't rain within about a week of my laying it. It ended up perfect, and it's hard ...
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What is the right way to extend a furnace intake pipe under a brick patio?

Our gas furnace intake (one of them, there are other intakes inside the house) currently comes out the side of the house but under a brick patio. It seems that the previous owner of the house extended ...
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What size beam should be used for a 15' patio cover span?

I'm looking into building a covered patio and am having a bit of difficulty finding the proper beam size required for the spans between posts. The cover will consist of either a ledger board attached ...
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Should I leave a gap between clay bricks when laying a patio?

I have acquired many reclaimed solid clay bricks and plan to use them as a patio. I will likely lay them in a herringbone pattern. The edges will be side-by-side held in place with plastic edging. ...
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Clay and Gravel Liquefaction for Paver Installation

I have recently started digging and laying the base for a patio with pavers. Its roughly 300 sqft and the soil is made of clay. I dug around 7" deep to have 4" gravel layer, 1" sand an 2" for the ...
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How to resurface concrete patio

Our yard had a small mounded flower garden that had gone to weeds. We discovered that there was actually an old patio sitting underneath it. Someone had just dumped a lot of gravel and soil on top ...
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Repairing Brick Patio

We've moved into a home with this brick patio that has sunken over time. The 6x6's have weathered and warped as well. I'd like to make use of the existing good bricks and essentially restore the same ...
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Filling a Pond to replace with Patio! Advice?

I have a really ugly pond in my garden that was created by the previous owner. I want to remove the pond and instead extend my patio so I can have a dining area where it is. The pond is a concrete ...
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How to handle large bluestone slabs

I'm looking for tips on how to handle large bluestone slabs. Each is 24" square, 1.5" thick, and weighs 80 lbs. They are geo-cut with thermal surface treatment. Presently I have 100 of these slabs ...