Questions tagged [patio]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Fixing a Botched Exposed Aggregate Patio

After pouring a new 12'x6' patio (50 60lb bags of Quickcrete 1101) I ran out of time, and the mix had begun setting up before I could get the 3/8" gravel down and floated. Only half the gravel stuck ...
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Permeable pavers for patio?

Currently we have a traditional deck off of the kitchen that needs the boards replaced. Rather than switching to composite decking, I was thinking of pulling the deck and putting in permeable pavers (...
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Securing slate tiles over outdoor cement slab

Here's a cement patio that was covered decades ago with slate tiles. Some along the edges have popped up. Underneath the popped tiles we can see that the slab has cracked. What are proper and/or ...
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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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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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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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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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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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How to finish retaining wall for a paver patio on a sloping ground?

Hi All: I am building a paver patio in my backyard (primarily so that kids can use it for playing). I need some advise on the best way to do it. The size of the patio would be large: 26ft by 18ft. My ...
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Selling house, and want to put in the easiest lowest cost patio in backyard

Putting the house on the market soon, and the back door steps currently step right down to the lawn. I would like to put a patio-like landing area there, maybe 10'x 10'. Approach: I'm considering ...
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Does an outdoor outlet mounted on a patio ceiling require protection from a GFCI?

My home's patio is covered by a permanent ceiling/canopy. As I'm starting do more electrical work, I've noticed that the two outlets mounted on the ceiling are not protected with GFCI; they are also ...
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How should I redo my patio under my deck?

I have a patio composed of large concrete pavers (roughly 2' x 6') (edit - more likely sections of poured concrete) - I would guess it is at least 10 years old if not much older. My second story deck ...
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How do I install a french drain in a sunken concrete patio?

Just bought a new home the back patio is sunken with no drain. I know I need to dig down and put a French drain out side of it. Where is the best place to penetrate the concrete and put a drain ie. ...
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How to fill above ground pool ditch

the seller of the house I purchased removed the above ground pool, there is a 17 by 26 feet opening that is about 6 inches deep. 221 ft3. There is a thin layer of packed down sand which has smaller ...
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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 ...
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Connecting a 2x4 and 4x4 post

I am looking to build this table. The design is simple and I like the basic style. I do not have a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes to attach the 2x4 rails to the legs. How else could I secure these ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...