Questions tagged [patio]

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protecting a wood deck from rot next to a stone patio

I have a wood porch/deck built on top of a cement slab. At some point a previous HO layed a stone patio right next to this porch at the same level. The stone of the patio is abutting the wood framing ...
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Dealing with an outdoor grill with a bad gas line

I had my backyard done about 6 years ago. I put in lawn and a large patio of pavers. I also had an island built that has a built-in grill and sink, and storage underneath. The island was built of ...
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How to achieve a 1% gradient

Currently preparing an area in our garden to lay a paved patio area and pergola (the latter being provided by a professional). My wife and I need to build a supporting wall around the sides and at ...
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How do I seal seams between bricks on a patio without using sand?

I have a patio that's made of bricks with fine sand filling the gaps. This is turning out to be a maintenance hassle. Every time the kid or dog gets mud or crud on the patio I hose it off and manage ...
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Joints between paving stones - A breeding ground for weeds. Sustainable control?

I'm looking for a solution to control weed growth on a patio out of paving stone. The weeds are growing the the joints between the stones as can be seen in the picture. Two methods have been proposed:...
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How to build a concrete patio

I am trying to build (extend maybe a better word) the back patio like this where the red box is where I want to add a new slab of cement. Like shown in the picture, the dimension is 18ft by 5ft-5in. ...
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How to achieve a straight line when not flush to required wall?

Currently preparing an area in our garden to lay a paved patio area and pergola (the latter being provided by a professional). My wife and I need to build a supporting wall around the sides and at ...
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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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Is this mold or not?

Mold or dirt? Leak for 6 months saturating this area.
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Can I use mortar to level out a patio made of cinder blocks?

We recently ripped out our deck because it was rotted and laid a level of cinder blocks 10ft x 32in for a small patio, basically just a step for coming out the back door. I was just wondering if I ...
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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
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How to cut bluestone slabs

I'm installing a dry-laid patio covered with 24" square, 1.5" thick, geo-cut thermal bluestone slabs. These are the cuts I will need to make: 22 slabs will need a straight cut across the entire 24" ...
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Install wire rope to several steel tubes?

We have 13 1.5" round steel tubes that go around a small area in our backyard Each tube has a small hole that crosses the tube. I'm including the basic design: I would like to use wire rope (or steel ...
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Where can I store outdoor patio or deck furniture over the winter?

I have a variety of plastic / wood / metal patio furniture that I am looking to store over the winter. Unfortunately, I don't have space inside to store it. We usually see temperatures of about 10 ...
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Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue

We have outdoor carpet on my covered patio that we want to remove. The problem is that the glue holding the carpet down is orange and very ugly. ow can I remove this glue safely without injuring my ...
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How far apart should I space rafters for a 13ft patio?

I'm looking to build a patio roof (shed style) and need to span 13ft. I've found several span tables online, some of them with different maximum distances between the rafters. Is it ok to use 2x8s ...
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Can cement backer board be used to support bluestone or slate outdoor raised patio?

We are designing a multi-level stone patio. To exit the kitchen directly onto the stone patio, the highest part of that patio would be 12 inches above the foundation. The next level would be flush ...
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How do I slope a patio toward one of its corners?

I have a rectangular patio which I would like to drain toward one of its corners. Is there any subtlety that the installer needs to know in order to create a proper grade for this? Do you need to ...
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How to level concrete surface?

I have a concrete patio thats been tiled over. Part of the patio is lower than the rest so it collects water. How do I level it off? I guess pull up the tiles and add another layer of cement to the ...
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Gap under patio slab

I have a home that is 2 years old. I found the ground settling under the concrete slab for my paver patio in one corner. About 2-3 inches gap that goes deep in. It hasn’t sunk or cracked. It’...
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Proper method to attach horizontal board to beam posts in outdoor patio?

I want to mount a TV using a basic TV mount. I do not want to mount onto the exterior wall and the back roof truss does not have a joist hanger so I can't use a side-facing TV mounting plate. The ...
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Building Patio - Pavers against siding solution?

I used crushed gravel as a base for patio. I'd like the patio to get as close as possible to the house but am realizing that it may not be good to put the pavers right up against the siding. The ...
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Leave Polymeric Sand Until Tomorrow?

I was told I only needed 2 bags of polymeric sand for my project. It's turning out I need more. I used the two bags and my project is not complete, I haven't shaken it down yet, and I can't buy more ...
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Does concrete sealant slow the growth of moss?

Does sealant like Thompson's WaterSeal slow the growth of moss on concrete? I live in the rainy Pacific Northwest and moss and mold are regular problems.
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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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How high can I pour cement against my house

How high can I pour cement patio against my brick house? I want to go as high as I can without causing other problems.
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Concrete patio against the house

I am going to be starting a project in which I will be pouring my patio next to my home, it will be approx 10' x 50' The home is on a concrete slab, no basement. I have to two questions. What is ...
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Recommended paint for outdoor cement patio

In my back garden, I have a small cement pad. It used to have a shed on it, but the previous owner took it with them when they left. I've decided to turn it into a sort of patio, which is working well....
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Trying to replace the adjuster screw on a screen door — low-profile threaded screw insert and bolt (identification needed)

On my sliding patio screen door there is an height adjuster held in place by flat-profile screw inserts. I'd like to obtain more of these threaded bolts and inserts, but I have a nomenclature issue ...
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Stamped concrete possibly put solvent sealer over water based sealer. What to do now?

Long story short, I had a stamped concrete patio poured 2yrs ago this May. The contractor stamped it too late so some areas had some crumbling. It looked fine for the first year, but over the first ...
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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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How much compaction should I get from crushed rock?

I was in the middle of moving rock into the patio area till the wee hour of midnight last night when I realized I knew my 4" mark for the paver base depth. But I have no idea how much the base is ...
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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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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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How thick to pour slab over existing brick patio

I have an old brick patio, cracked in some places. I want to pour concrete over it and stamp the concrete with a texture. What is the thinnest I can go? 1 inch? 2 inch? I have 5000 square feet and ...
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Deck footing 2“ above the ground -does that apply to a patio? What is the reason behind the 2” restriction?

I am doing the design of a deck footing and in many places where I read it says that the footing (sonotube) should be set with the top end terminated 2" above the ground level In my case I am ...
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Prevent puddling on patios

I am considering building a masonry patio and am concerned about puddling. Is it standard practice to build patios on a grade to prevent puddling? If so, what is the typical grade? How is the grade ...
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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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Making a temporary walkway

I recently had a sewer line replaced, and part of the walkway to the house was dug up. I'll be getting a new walkway put in sometime in the summer, but until I do, and especially when the spring ...
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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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Potential water damage issues with siding being in contact with patio

I bought a house last year and when I was buying it, I did not register the fact that on the back side of the house the siding is in contact with the ground/stone patio. Because of the slope of the ...
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What is proper ratio of sand to portland cement to use for repairing a 30 yr old stone wall

I have a 30 year old stone 12" high stone wall that needs to be patched up. There are small voids where stone has fallen out. My question is what is the ratio of portland cement to sand used to ...
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Cement board as paver base?

I'm planning a DIY patio paver project. The site is down a steep hillside only accessible via steps, where bringing in large amounts of base rock would be back breaking work. I found this product ...
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wet spots on covered patio after rain

I am trying to figure out the source of a wet spot that forms on my covered front porch right next to the outside wall of my home pretty much every time it is raining. This started only a few weeks ...
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Should my fan have been installed off center?

We recently had a Duralum freestanding patio cover installed. There's electrical running through the structure, and a light/52 inch fan coming down from the ceiling. The fan was installed 11 inches ...
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Patio roof rafter spacing

I want to replace the roofing on an older shed style covered patio. The patio was built 45 years ago (+/-). The rafters are 2x8 with an odd spacing I've never seen before, alternating 21 inches OC,...
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Void Under Stamped Concrete Patio Allowing Voles in to House

I have a stamped concrete patio where the step to the bumpout on my house and slab were poured in one piece. They didn't pour concrete under the bumpout, just up against it, leaving a hollow area ...