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an outdoor patio space with varnished wood floors and small furniture next to sliding glass doors
Patio vs Deck

Your preference might depend on the qualities of your space.

patio heater burning natural gas flame
How to Pick a Patio Heater

Take the chill off your decision-making process.

A hot tub on a deck
How to Reinforce a Deck to Support a Hot Tub

It's important to ensure your deck can withstand the additonal weight.

A deck with a scenic view.
How to Get the Mega Deck of Your Dreams

Make 2017 the year you create a mega deck for large-scale outdoor living.

A floating deck with a table and chairs set on it surrounded by plants.
How to Build a Floating Deck

A floating deck is an easy way to create a focal point in your yard without the restraints of a deck attached to a house.

A deck.
How to Enclose a Deck

A deck is great for entertainment.

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Building a Deck Storage Bench: 4 Tips

Building a deck storage bench is not an overly complicated task. A deck storage bench is ideal to store away items, and you can build it yourself rather than forging out more money to buy a ready-made one. Here are a few basic tips which you should try to take into account should you wish to give it

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How to Seal a Tile Patio

Sealing a tile patio is important to help it maintain its durability. To survive regular wear and tear from weather and heavy usage, the floor must be sealed properly and using appropriate products. Sealing outdoor tiled surfaces helps them to keep their color and prevents them from absorbing moisture.

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Installing Porch Tiles: 6 Tips

Installing porch tiles is a relatively basic task. Here are a few tips you should bear in mind once you embark on this project. Tip 1 - Prepare the Base It is important that the foundation on which the tiles will be installed is properly prepared before commencing the actual installation. You may need

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How to Turn Your Wooden Porch into a Tile Porch

Turning a wooden porch into a tile porch is very doable, as long as a careful approach is followed. Using tiles offers better design flair, and increased durability. The tiles can be installed over the wooden surface, but a layer of concrete should be installed as an underlayment first, to prevent wood

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How to Install Indoor/Outdoor Carpeting on Your Porch

Installing indoor outdoor carpeting on your porch is not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Whether your porch is wood or concrete, the process is the same up until you have to secure the carpet to the surface. With the right tools, and some patience, you can dress up your porch to look its best with

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How to Hang a Wooden Porch Swing

A wooden porch swing can help to not only create a unique and iconic appearance for any outdoor porch space in your home, but it can also provide you and your family with a comfortable place to sit and rest when the weather permits. Hanging a porch swing is a relatively easy process, but it's important

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How to Repair a Rotten Wooden Porch Post

Most of the wooden porch posts rot out at their bottom portion. The best and cheapest solution is to cut out the lower rotten part of the post at joining point of its square base with turned or shaped center portion and transplant a wooden base made from a stable wood species like fir to replace it.

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How to Install a Porch Ceiling Light

Installing a porch ceiling light is work that can be carried out at home by anyone and requires little to no experience in electrical wiring. You simply have to follow a few steps concerning safety and some guidelines outlined in an electrical installation manual. From time to time, there is a need to

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How to Repair a Vinyl Porch Ceiling

A vinyl porch ceiling panel is installed almost the same way as a vinyl soffit panel. All panels are secured to the ceiling with nails. These strips hold the nails in place so that the vinyl panels can lock into position. Each panel is also connected to the others through a locking mechanism. Therefore,

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How to Paint a Porch Ceiling

You may be thinking of refurbishing your porch ceiling by repainting it. Traditionally, the porch ceiling is painted in blue color. There are many believes and stories behind selecting a blue color for your porch ceiling. The blue ceiling is believed to stimulate a cool and pacifying environment. There

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How to Install a Tongue and Groove Porch Ceiling

The term tongue and groove porch ceiling refers to the way in which certain types of lumber are milled for a porch ceiling . The resultant product is a board with interlocking boundaries, thus insuring a firm shape and a very narrow gap between each plank that is put in the place. If done appropriately,

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Tile Porch Repair: How to Repair Grout

After several years, the grout in the tile porch may look worn, get crumbled or get damaged. This is due to prolonged exposure to heat and moisture. However, other factors also play a role, such as the type of grout used, its consistency during installation, or the experience of the installer. Replace

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Tile Porch Repair: How to Replace Cracked Tiles

Repairing a cracked tile porch can be a frustrating and difficult job. Fortunately, however, replacing broken tiles is well within the reach of almost anyone who feels comfortable with common DIY tasks and doing it yourself will save some much welcome cash as well. Replacing a broken tile on a porch

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How to Repair Sagging Wood Porch Flooring

Sagging wood porch flooring can greatly affect the overall aesthetic appeal of a house. Therefore, it is imperative to address such a problem as soon as possible. A sagging wood porch floor is often not a problem in relatively new homes, but in old houses, it is fairly common. To fix this eyesore, you

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How to Remove a Concrete Porch

Removing a concrete porch requires some intense muscle work. So if you do not have the strength to pound concrete with a sledgehammer or enough gripping power to hold on to a jackhammer, then consider asking for assistance. Whether the concrete porch has to go for remodeling or because it has already

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How to Repair a Stamped Concrete Porch

Repairing a concrete porch is no different than repairing any other exterior concrete surface such as a driveway, walkway or patio. Stamped concrete provides an especially durable surface that also requires minimal maintenance, however they can still end up getting damaged. If you have cracks and holes

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How to Restore a Wood Porch

Here are the steps for restoring an old, worn-out looking wood porch (and rotten in some cases): Tools and Materials Vacuum Cleaner Detergent Paint Stripper Hose or Power Washer Wood Brightener Medium and Fine Grit Sanding Blocks Wood Filler Pry Bar Saw Hammer Chisel Wooden

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How to Repair a Brick Porch

Loose or crumbling bricks in the brick porch are an unsightly to behold. Repair the porch by removing the loose bricks and replacing them with new ones. This project is simple enough even for novice do-it-yourselfers. Tools and Materials Safety glasses Chisel Mallet or Hammer Trowel Sponge Mortar

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Wooden Porch Repair: How to Replace Boards

A standard wooden porch floor is normally installed using tongue and groove flooring pieces. This means that if you plan to replace any of this type of flooring with similar flooring, you'll need to use special removal techniques and tools; otherwise, you are likely to damage your good flooring materials

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How to Replace Screened-In Porch Screens

Having a screened in porch is a perfect way to enjoy warm evenings outside in the summer without the problem of biting mosquitoes or other insects. If one of your screens gets holes or sustains other damage, you will need to remove and replace it. This home repair project is fairly easy, and knowing

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How to Winterize a Screened-In Porch

A screened-in porch offers an immense pleasure of relaxation during summer. One can escape from the trouble of insects and bugs by using screened porches. But when the temperature starts to lower and as winter arrives there is the need of winterizing the screened-in porches. This is done to prevent the

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Adding Porch Screens to Your Porch: 2 Tips

Adding porch screens to your porch would be an added benefit as it adds to the overall visual appearance of the porch as well as serve the purpose of protecting you against the weather. Here are some tips. Tips for Choosing Materials Choose a particular material that you like. Some materials are lattice

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Building a Screened-In Porch: Mistakes to Avoid

Building a screened-in porch offers a haven from summer’s biting insects, and it can also add to the value of your home. It is best to sit down and think first about what you want to do so you won't make mistakes. First make a floor plan and draw side and front elevations, which you can use to get

Wood bench
How to Build a Deck Bench

Earn a seat at the table by building your own.

Metal fire pit surrounded by bricks
How to Build a Metal Fire Pit Ring

Turn on the heat with this DIY warmer.

brick walkway next to rocks
Utilize Garden Brick for the Outdoor Walkway

You can enjoy a walkway made from upcycled garden brick.

A garden pathway.
Green-Friendly Garden Pathway Ideas

Consider both the light and flooring.

Deck stairs.
Basic Post Heights for Deck Stair Rails

Make sure you follow building codes.

A landscaped house and front yard with a deck.
How to Landscape Around Decks

Landscape your deck with ease no matter its shape or height.

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Answers to Deck Questions #1

Q. Last June I used treated 2 x 12's as treads to build steps for my front porch. Yesterday I noticed

How to Seal Your Slate Patio

Sealing a slate patio can enhance the color of the stone and make it impervious to stains, mold, and algae.

How To Attach A Pergola To A Fascia

A pergola is an overhang that can be used as a deck shelter or serve as a decorative and functional garden structure.

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Answers to Deck Questions #2

You've got questions, we've got answers.

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Why A Concrete Landing For Deck Stairs?

If you are planning a set of deck stairs, you might want to consider installing a concrete landing at the base of the stairs.

Building a Deck on Uneven Ground

Having a deck or patio is a good way of enjoying fresh air during summer days but if you have uneven ground in your yard, it poses complications. The key to building a good deck is to have a properly prepared base.

Tiny home outdoor entryway with porch
How To Refinish A Porch

Give your porch an update, and bring new life to your space. Here’s what you need to know to do it yourself.

How To Expand A Porch

Expanding your porch to get additional living space doesn't require a lot of experience beyond some basic carpentry skills.

Bench swing over concrete porch with green yard in the background.
Adding A Concrete Porch To Your Home

Give your house a new concrete porch with these five easy steps.

Patio lighting.
Light Up Your Patio the Easy Way

Patio lighting ideas that don't require electrical expertise.