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Building Houses with Concrete Block: Pros and Cons

What are some advantages and disadvantages to this material?

Building a Brick Patio

This is a high-reward DIY project with simple steps.

Advantages of Concrete Slab Jacking

This lift-and-fill method can smooth a walking area.

What is the best way to remove paint from concrete?

To remove paint from concrete can seem like a difficult task. Using a high pressure power washer will make the job much easier. This is only possible on exterior concrete surfaces, though. Using a chemical paint stripper is the most commonly used method of removing paint from concrete indoors. These

What is the safest way to remove moss from concrete without damaging the concrete?

Using chemicals to remove moss can stain concrete. Using an alternative solution is necessary to avoid damaging the concrete surface. One such method is to use a bleach and water solution, diluted to at least 3 parts water to one part bleach. This can damage nearby grasses and plants, however. Another

How can I clean oil stains off of a concrete driveway?

Removing oil stains from a concrete driveway should be done quickly. One method is to pour cola over the stain, allowing it to sit overnight, then rinse with soapy water and finally with plain water. If this doesn’t work, try wetting the stain band then sprinkling baking soda or cornmeal on the spill.

How to Install a Crushed Stone Path

A crushed stone path can add a rustic charm to your garden. It is also cheaper and easier than many of the alternatives. It is a job that you should be able to manage on your own with a basic set of DIY skills and experience. This will save you even more cash over having a tradesman doing it. Crushed

Garden Stepping Stone Pathway: Installation Tips

A garden stepping stone pathway is a practical and decorative addition. It is also relatively easy to make one yourself. Here are a few tips which can facilitate your work further. Tip 1: Delineate the Pathway It is very helpful to delineate the pathway by using 2 pieces of rope. This will help you determine

Tips for Leveling Garden Stepping Stone Pathways

A garden stepping stone is a great way to add a new look to your garden. Aside from their aesthetic effects, garden stepping stone pathways also pave the way in your garden as you view different flowering plants without the nuisance of dirtying your shoes. What’s more, your guests will have a lovely

How to Seal Stone Walkways

Stone walkways are put together from paving stones that are available in a wide variety of shapes, textures, designs, and colors. These can lend a good deal of visual interest and elegance to any garden or patio area. The key to the successful installation of a stone walkway is to correctly apply sealant

Cleaning Brick Pavers: Mistakes to Avoid

Cleaning brick pavers is a task which needs to be done on a regular basis. Brick pavers are used in various areas such as patios and driveways. By being outdoors, they are exposed to more dirt, apart from the fact that if the area is used for recreation purposes or for vehicles, then more residuals will

How to Seal Engraved Brick Pavers

Sealing engraved brick pavers is easy, yet it requires special sealer applicator to ensure thin coverage on engraved areas. Here's how to seal brick pavers from start to finish.. Tools and Materials Detergent Oxygen Bleach Stiff Floor Brush Acetone Stripper Garden Hose Joint

Cleaning Tips for Engraved Brick Pavers

Engraved brick pavers can pose several cleaning problems. In addition to cleaning them like smooth pavers, you must deal with the engraved areas. You Will Need Broom Bucket Scrub brush Household cleaner Bleach Scrub brush Power washer Step 1: Preparation Always keep your engraved brick pavers swept

How to Restore Faded Brick Pavers

Brick pavers may lose their color and luster over time due to a variety of factors such as heavy foot traffic, sunlight and other harsh elements of nature. The same can be said for brick pavement that is barely cleaned over the course of the year. Mold, mildew and algae may inhibit the surfaces of brick

How to Replace Damaged Brick Driveway Pavers

One of the benefits of installing brick driveway pavers is that they are easy to replace or repair once some of the bricks are damaged. Because the bricks are not grouted and in any way secured to the ground with mortar, they can be removed with ease and replaced. Tools and Materials Replacement bricks

How to Seal a Stone Paver Patio

Applying sealer on a stone paver patio is simple. The only challenge you will face is picking the suitable sealer for your stone paver. Tools and Materials Concentrated Paver Cleaner Stiff Floor Brush Garden Hose Garden Scissors Joint Stabilizing or Acrylic-base Sealer Mask