Questions tagged [patio]

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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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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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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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How to prep site for patio on uneven ground?

I'm going to be putting a patio in behind our house and trying to figure out how deep I need to go. I'm going to be covering a 18' area that has a slight dip running the length of it. I could go two ...
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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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Beam size to span 18 feet for deck roof

I'm looking for help on planning a roof over a deck I plan on adding to my house. The roof will be 18' wide and extend out 12' from the house. I want to have at least a 1' overhang on each side making ...
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Would filling this part of my patio with drain rock improve drainage, at least in the short-term?

I moved into my house this time last year, so I don't really know much in the way of its history, and how things have been done etc. In the back garden there is a patio, and this patio is split into ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is paver sand too wet to use?

I had to dig up part of my patio to move electrical conduit. So I removed it all and re-compacted the stone - amazingly it is not as 'level' as it was before I started... Only dug up about 20 sq ft of ...
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How to cut Hardie Board(Fiber Cement) Side Panelling?

I bought a place that has no screen patio door and I would like to install. I thought it would be quick job but I ran into a problem, there is some siding above the door that goes too far down(about a ...
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Protecting red brick patio from green moss

My other half has just finished laying a brick patio. We're looking for some way to reduce or minimise the growth of green moss which makes these bricks really slippery, more-so in winter with ...
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Aggregate patio resurfacing - what are my best options?

I am looking for options to repair or cover a poorly maintained, exposed aggregate patio. Its approximately 20'x23', with no water issues. After seeking quotes on resurfacing, I've decided isn't in ...
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What kind of bottom for a fire pit on a paver patio?

I have a manufactured "stone" patio with poly-sand to fill the grout lines between the blocks. I want to add a fire pit to this patio. I envision a ring of blocks several courses tall to contain the ...
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Why won't my outdoor patio propane heater light?

No propane is coming out and we did replace the valve from the tank. Any idea why it will not light?
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Red reclaimed victorian tiles (outdoor) crumbling after only 6 months

About 6 months ago we had red/blue reclaimed Victorian tiles laid in a checkerboard pattern outside the front of our house. Red dust seems to be constantly coming off the red tiles, so that the grout ...
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Using edging where people walk across

I'm building a gravel patio inside my U-shaped gravel driveway. I will be using two different kinds of gravel, so I need a separator at the border to prevent the mixing of the two types of gravel. If ...
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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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Best practice to build a pergola type structure

Having patio pavers laid, I want to build a pergola like structure for my home in the Northeast. Something like this: Questions about best practice: Should I use tubular forms outside the patio? ...
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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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Grading a Patio in a Corner

This is a follow-up question to this post: How would you grade this patio? What if instead of running a 1/32" per foot along the red lines (East to West) for the full run, I leveled off after 10 ...
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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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Patio Paint - SouthEast Texas

We live in South East Texas (Houston)and we have very high temperatures during summer here. We have had a patio constructed by an independent contractor. He has finished the patio work but is not ...
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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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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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Recipe for sand topping mix and concrete overlay for patio refinish

I would like to resurface my cracked and crumbling brick patio with stamped concrete. It is 5000 square feet so I need to find the most economical solution. I am thinking of using a sand topping mix ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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What is the proper anatomy of a mulched sitting area in which nothing will grow?

I have done mulched gardens before and am familiar with the steps involved in that. Now I have a slightly different project. I want to dig out an area of my yard that will have a bench and two ...
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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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Shade Sail post on brick/cinder block rooftop surface.

I am trying to install 4x4 wood posts to hold up a rectangular shade sail on my rooftop. The posts will be free-standing with nothing attached besides the sail. Ideally, I would be able to attach ...
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6x6 “Landscaping” post for patio cover support?

I am building a patio cover and I need some 6x6 posts to support it. I went to a local lumber yard and asked for some 6x6 treated posts. He had some "landscaping" 6x6 posts and said those should work ...
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Shade sail/fabric covering with sealed/flush edges?

I know the typical shade sail shape is bowed on the edges because of tension, etc. but is it possible to get a completely square shade sail? And also to have that shade sail be completely sealed/...
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Ideas for improving old concrete patio on the river?

My parent's place in NH has this 30+ year old concrete 12x26 patio jutting out into the water. There has been some settling. Off the end of the patio the water is about 10 feet deep. So I'd like some ...
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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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Building Concrete patio against the house with sunken family room for proper drainage

Just acquired this house with challenging problems. When the house was built, the builder didn't care for grading the lot appropriately. One of the rooms in the back of the house is below grade and ...
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How can I run wire rope around the corner of my railing with a turnbuckle?

I have a rooftop that looks like the following. I'll be using turnbuckles to connect each tube to the wire rope. The issue is: what do I do with the corner tubes? If I use the turnbuckles for the ...
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Slate tile on outdoor path - how to fix loose tiles

I have a slate walkway that is a concrete base with slate tiles laid on top. The tiles are about 10 ins by 20 ins and 1/4 to half inch thick. There's a section of about four tiles that comes loose ...
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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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Area Under Exterior Wooden Deck

I have an external wooden deck, and the area underneath it always has moisture which makes it an unusable area. I'm assuming the moisture is because it is shaded almost all the time from the house ...
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Can I leave one of the pergola legs unattached to the ground (just sitting on the patio)?

I am planning to install a pergola over the table and 6 chairs that sit at the corner of my rectangular concrete bricks patio. I am going to dig to install post supports for the three legs that will ...