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Why the area behind garage is concrete instead of paving slabs [closed]

Area: South east of England. Our Link detached chalet Bungalow have paving slabs in the back garden along the length of house, but concrete behind the garage(small back door). I think they have a ...
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Is there I can do to make this concrete front yard look better/less damaged?

many thanks in advance for any help. I am house sitting for my elderly mother for 2 weeks whilst she is away. I have been doing lots of yard work to try and make it more habitable for her as a ...
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Should I lay artificial grass over pavers or sand?

We have limestone paving slabs throughout our entire garden but I'm hoping to do some artificial grass now in an area to break it up a bit. The slabs are 22mm thick. My question is, shall I just lay ...
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Does Porcelain paving appearance fade over time?

I am trying to decide what material to use for paving patio in the UK house back garden. I went into shop and tried to get information. I realized that porcelain is artificial. The patterns on it that ...
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Can interlocking paving stones be installed on a warp/vertical curve?

I have a vertically warped concrete area in front of my garage entry door (badly cracked/damaged). I’d like to rip it out and replace it with interlocking pavers. I can’t find any info on if pavers ...
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How to repair a block paved drive shifted by vehicle use

I have a block paved drive at my house in the South East of the UK which has been in place for about twenty years. Where we turn our vehicles before reversing into the garage the turning force has ...
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How close to align pavers up to a timber retaining wall

I'm wanting to lay concrete pavers on a walkway sloped towards a timber retaining wall. The question I have is how close to the timber retaining wall should I lay the pavers. Laid immediately up to ...
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How deep should I dig to lay 20mm thick porcelain paving?

I've seen various different recommendations for laying porcelain paving slabs. The main difference seems to be whether a concrete layer is added on top of the hardcore. Most guides (like this one) ...
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Can I use any mixed rubble for a patio sub base?

I've been speaking with contractors about laying a patio over what is essentially mud at the moment. The advice has been to put down Type 1 MOT hardcore and machine-compact it to form a good sub-base. ...
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How do you know how many existing layers of asphalt on my driveway now?

I recently got a quote to dig out and replace my asphalt driveway. The quote stated if there were more than 3 layers now there would be an additional charge added to the quote. Is there a way the ...
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Matching style of joints between Belgium blocks

I'm looking to lay a new section of Belgium blocks to border a new flower bed. However, the existing Belgium blocks have a joint connecting each block that protrudes outward. It is not clear to me ...
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Pavement Stencils - 1/16" (63 mil) or 1/8" (128 mil)?

We plan to ask a painter to paint parking space numbers in the parking lot (12" x 9"). There is on Amazon a kit for pavement stencils that has good reviews - is there a reason to prefer the ...
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Can I build an extended shed base around an existing concrete base?

I recently bought a house that has a garden around 20ft wide. At the end of the garden is an old shed (6ft wide x 9ft long), about a ft away from the fence. Given it only takes up half the garden ...
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Year old asphalt driveway is still soft - chairs make holes

We had a new asphalt driveway installed nearly one year ago in New England. Today in 75 degree sunny weather we sat outside in plastic Adirondack chair for about 45 minutes. When we got up we noticed ...
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What is this foil-backed bitumen in my garden. Asbestos risk?

I am clearing some old paving slabs which have been overgrown and covered with soil. I keep coming across patches of thin (<1mm) black material, looks like bitumen, with some kind of foil backing. ...
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Why do you need to not use cement when laying block paving?

When you lay block paving surely you have to lay it with cement rather than just sand as it hold the block down securely. So why is this?
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What is this type of slab called?

I am trying to build something like this and I do not know what is the generic name for this type of slab. What is it called? I want to use it in the above mentioned design
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How to pave a small area but get maximum drainage / permeability

TL;DR: How should one going about creating a hard, smooth surface that drains well, where slope can't be used to achieve the drainage. We have a small 1/10th acre city lot, and two large dogs. Their ...
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Why is newly applied asphalt not smooth?

I finally decided to hire professionals to fix my driveway rather than trying to excavate it myself. This is a newly repaved piece of the driveway: I would expect it to be smooth and even, am I ...
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Side edging for hexagonal stone pavers? Concrete ok?

I have an idea for a walkway or driveway that would be surface with thick hexagonal pavers. One of the challenges of this design is that the edge of the paving will be irregular, since each tile is ...
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