Questions tagged [patio]

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Repair a popped up brick in an otherwise level brick patio

My brick patio is very level. Unfortunately, a nearby tree has sent a root that is now causing a brick to pop up. Before the issue spreads I'd like to pry the brick up and remove the offending root. ...
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Why should I not use standard “house” bricks for a patio?

I'm looking to put in a brick patio and have been really wanting to do it with reclaimed road bricks. The problem here is sourcing enough to do an entire 18x18 patio and not spending a months salary ...
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Attaching guide wire to guide wire for patio string lights

I am looking to start installing string lights on my patio, and my current plan is to zig-zag the lights between two runs of wire rope. Here's a picture: The brown squares are going to be posts set ...
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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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How wide can a sliding door be open, before it becomes a security risk?

I have a sliding door in my bedroom that I would like to put a deadbolt in and have it left open at night to let a breeze in, but I don't want anyone to be able to get in while I'm asleep. Is there a ...
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How do I remove a brick patio embedded in concrete?

How can I remove a brick patio set in concrete and on a concrete slab? Is it possible for a woman to do this herself?
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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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Brand New French Doors Installed By Contractor.. Leaks same day. Is this normal?

I am a new home owner and we had sliding doors for our patio doors that came with the home. Never had issues with water coming in until we just had a French door installed on our kitchen heading out ...
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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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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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Can I add a patio sealer to my polymeric sand patio?

The polymeric sand "grout" between my slate patio pavers is loosening up and coming out. I suspect it was improperly laid by the contractor. I am going to redo the polymeric sand treatment and I am ...
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How would you grade this patio?

This is about a cement pavers patio. On the figure below the yellow arrows show how the lot is graded For grading the patio I seem to have two options: -along the blue lines -along the red line ...
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Can the gravel used under my pool be used patio stone?

We bought our first house recently and have dove head first into renovations and landscaping. One thing that is really bugging us is the state of our back yard. We sold our above-ground pool and ...
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Correct method for Patio deck attachment to roof

Just moved into a house, the patio deck roof looks unstable. It's connected to the rafters by what looks like deck nails with no ledger board. Looking for opinions in this condition if I should tear ...
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What type of substrate should I use to install pavers over an existing poured slab patio

I'm going to be putting pavers over an old slab patio. The current patio has settled and spalled, so I'm looking to pitch the paver patio in such a way that it drains as the original slabs did. In ...
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Resurface exposed aggregate concrete patio

Is it possible to resurface an exposed aggregate concrete patio? My current patio surface is about 20 years old, and the aggregate has deteriorated a bit and is pretty ugly looking and painful to walk ...
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Raised Concrete Patio Drainage

I recently purchased this house which has a raised concrete patio in the rear that has a large depression in the middle probably 4' wide by 6' long. You can see the cracks in the concrete where the ...
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What is this cement coating?

I have this coating on my front porch which is starting to disintegrate. I think the porch slab is probably still good, so I want to just replace the coating but I can't figure out what it is. I'm ...
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How do cedar and pine compare as decking materials?

I'm replacing an old deck in my backyard. The existing deck is about 15X15 and is at ground level. I'm trying to decide between treated pine (Ac2) and cedar. Synthetic/composite wood is too ...
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Can I drain a 15'x35' concrete brick patio using a floor drain connected to a 4" PVC pipe?

I am looking for a solution to drain my patio which is sloped toward one of its corners. The size of the patio is 15'x 35'and the area is Toronto (for rain volume estimation) I would like to drain my ...
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Should I add sand or more limestone crush to raise a patio with no gravel bedding?

I need to regrade my patio and I had a quick look under the pavers to see how it was built. To my surprise I found the following layers: one thin layer off gravel -you would say it is about 1/4in ...
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Can a Paver Sitting wall be put on a Paver Patio

I have a paver patio that was put in my backyard 16x20. I was wondering if I would be okay to install a sitting wall made out of pavers on top of the paver patio that is already there? I know it is ...
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What is the best position for a French drain between a wall and a patio?

Below is the layout of my patio and the context The patio settled and now moisture collects at the base of the wall causing efflorescence on it and small cracks in the cement coating at the base of ...
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How to build deck steps down to patio?

I have a deck on the back of my house with a patio next to the deck. I would like to build a wide set of steps down to the patio. Can I have the steps rest on top of the patio or should I put ...
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Laying pavers over existing concrete patio and extending to compacted gravel base

I have an approximately 1000sqft area I want to put pavers on. I am doing it myself so I was wanting to run my idea by others just to make sure I’m on the right track. About half of the area (~500sqft)...
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Can brick patio and walk edging be removed without damaging the edging?

The original installed patio and walk plastic edging around my brick pavers has become dislodged and is above the lawn line in some places. Can those places or all of the edging be removed and will ...
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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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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 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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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 can I properly support a raised concrete patio?

I am planning on building a raised concrete patio. I would like to build the perimeter of block and fill it with stone and then cap it in concrete to be finished with blue stone later. The patio will ...
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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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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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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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Is there a problem with concrete patio that's next to the house and poured above the house's foundation?

We're currently installing a patio. The contractor has laid it out in a way where the patio will be against siding, and will be above the foundation. You can see on the picture below the dirt base ...
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Can I keep my propane tank valve open?

I just bought a new Portable Fireplace and it can contain the propane tank inside it. I also bought some firestones to put in the fire area. The only problem with this is that if I want to turn on/off ...
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Unsure if structure is solid concrete

My home was built in 1957. It has a 10x10 3foot high brick patio with a concrete slab on top. We are replacing the deck which is much bigger. The deck on the slab rotted due to water pooling in 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use Mason Sand under Pavers?

I put an inch layer of mason sand down over a compacted base of process, and am about to lay large concrete pavers (18"x18", 12"x18", and 9" square) down. Now I'm reading that I should have used ...
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How to attach ledger board to under-roof siding?

I want to attach a ledger board, over the existing wood siding. Something similar to this, but immediately underneath the roof How do I determine where I need to drill the holes to attach it to the ...
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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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What type of block should I use for a small retaining wall?

I am just starting on a new project to build a small 10 x 10 patio in the front of my house. The 10 x 10 area is not level with the front left corner sloping down about 8 to 10 inches compared to the ...
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How can I pour a concrete patio under my existing deck without surrounding the deck posts in concrete?

I would like to pour a concrete patio under my deck. The concrete company said they would just pour the concrete around the posts with a expansion joint around the posts. I thought that would cause ...
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What material can I use in place of vinyl chair strapping? [closed]

I have an aluminum chair with vinyl straps that I recently replaced. I don’t like the vinyl straps (plus they’re stretched already), so I’d like to replace with something else. What do you recommend ...