Questions tagged [patio]

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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 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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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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Resetting stones on a sinking patio

My patio covered with slate has sunk a little, as indicated by the bowed line on the left. The patio is up on the level indicated by the arrow in the image on the right. My question is: if I were to ...
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How to remove exposed aggregate patio

I purchased a home with an existing VERY old aggregate patio. A few years ago I dumped a boatload of money into it to try and fix it, and it lasted about two years. Now I just want to get rid of it. ...
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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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How to modernise this raised concrete drain in the middle of patio?

I'm planning to take up an old garden patio and lay a new one. However there is an ugly raised drain cover in the middle. This is for inspection of the property's drain at the point where it connects ...
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Identifying this part used in awnings?

I’ve seen this used in many awnings, but I don’t know what they’re called. So a few questions: What’s the name of this part? Can they be bought separately or are they only sold in kits?
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Stuck Patio Sliding Door

My sliding patio door will no longer move. It was working fine for the best couple months since we've moved into this house. However, today, when I tried unlocking my patio sliding door, the unlock ...
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Sub base for slabbed area with cabin on it

I'm looking at slabbing an area of my garden and then sticking a cabin on top. I have a large amount of old slabs and some other rubble/hardcore. If i smash up all the old slabs, will this be a ...
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Should I avoid working on my newly installed patio stones?

I am going to install a brick patio using basic patio stones, and then I'm going to build a fence around it. Which should I do first? More details The fence will be wooden with 4x4 posts every 6' ...
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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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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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Outdoor gas appliance quick disconnect incompatible

We're having an issue with a quick disconnect coupling for an outdoor gas grill. The owner downsized and moved to a smaller home in the same subdivision. It is a natural gas grill that was connected ...
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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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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

I've seen a few Q & A'a on here concerning using structural bricks but there really hasn't been a clear consensus. I am planning on putting them on their side and not using any sand or mortar for ...
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Pavers in sand yard

Ive got a yard that is all sand. Like legit sand. No were not on the beach, several blocks from Lake Michigan but the yard is all sand. Question is if we were to lay pavers stones down, so we need to ...
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Pouring concrete slab against 2 block walls and an asphalt driveway

I need to pour a small (~5' x ~5') concrete pad that will butt up against 2 basement block walls (A&B in the diagram) and my asphalt driveway (D in the diagram). I'm having some trouble figuring ...
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How to clean a very textured patio with deep mud and rust stains?

I would like to clean a very textured patio that has deep mud and rust stains so I have tried using washing up liquid but that hasn't removed it. Any suggestions on how to would be grateful.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...