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A stone and moss walkway.
DIY a Charming Stone and Moss Walkway

Moss-laden walkways are simply enchanting, some careful planning and TLC, when you build the walkway, assures that it's something you'll enjoy for years to come.

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Slate Flooring: Pros and Cons

Many people today opt for slate flooring. Slate is a fine-grained material in the family of metamorphic

Stone porch steps
How to Build Stone Porch Steps in 5 Steps

Building stone steps to your porch and front door is relatively inexpensive and can be done in a short amount of time. To begin building your steps, follow these simple instructions.

Fieldstone wall
Fieldstone Wall Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

It's a bit more than simply stacking rocks.

gravel meeting up to green landscaping
7 Best Uses for Pea Gravel

It's small and rounded, making it perfect for many tasks

How to Build a Flagstone Wall

A flagstone wall is very easy to build.

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Cobblestone Walkway vs Gravel or Concrete

What you put underfoot matters.

flagstone flooring with natural brown tones
6 Flagstone Flooring Maintenance Tips

Let the natural beauty shine.

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How to Make Lime Mortar

It was very popular with skilled artisans in the late 1800s.

A flagstone patio with BBQ
How to Weather Proof Your Flagstone Patio

Flagstone is a great patio option.

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Installing Slate Tile Over A Concrete Base

Preparation is the most important part.

a stone wall
How to Clean Your Stone Retaining Wall

The first step is to thoroughly spray it down.

Home with white garage door and stone cladding accents
DIY Stacked Stone Cladding

It's a perfect accent on retaining walls and pillars.

Gloved hands installing a paver stone.
Cut Your Own Paving Stones

Making precise cuts is a significant part of the project.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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How to Clean a Sandstone Paver Pool Deck

A sandstone paver can make a great deck for your pool. However, if it is not maintained properly, it will stop being as attractive as it once was. Fortunately, cleaning a sandstone paver is not particularly complex, and can be done mostly using very common supplies that you should have lying around the

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Construction Tips for Gravel Patios

Gravel patios are easy to construct, and they are an inexpensive way to create an outdoor space. It is a good idea to first decide on the size of the patio and the shape you want. Make sure it is big enough for all your furniture. Measure and mark the boundary on the lawn with spray paint. Edging Pick

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How to Repair Stone Patios

Repairing a stone patio is easily within reach of anyone into the occasional DIY job. Flagstone and other types of stone provide a beautiful natural appearance for a patio and they also provide a very high degree of durability. However, as with anything, they can also get damaged over time, often due

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How to Seal a Stone Patio

Sealing a stone patio is an important part of the job when it comes to caring for and maintaining a stone surface. Sealing the surface ensures that it retains its color or pattern and helps to keep the floor always looking good. Without appropriate sealing, the stone patio will eventually lose its color

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How to Clean Stone Patios

Stone patios can last for decades. They are durable and attractive and can add a traditional flair to your home. However, to keep them looking good is another matter. Periodically, they will need to be properly cleaned and maintained. Another issue that needs to be addressed relatively quickly is weeds.

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How to Maintain a Granite Patio

A granite patio is a durable and aesthetic choice for the exterior of any home. Use the following details to maintain your granite patio in an effective and undemanding manner. Supplies Needed: Granite sealer Dishwasher soap Water Garden hose Floor scrubber Weed killer compound Plastic spatula 10% Hydrochloric

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How to Maintain a Marble Patio

A marble patio is among the most aesthetic choices for residential outdoor spaces. Marble has the luster and aura associated with natural stones, and it exudes timeless elegance. However, marble surfaces need some maintenance. Use the following information to maintain your marble patio in an undemanding

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How to Repair a Slate Patio

A slate patio does not require a great deal of maintenance, but unlike other types of stone used in patios, slate is relative fragile, and can get broken easily. Fortunately, repairing and removing slate patio tiles is not particularly difficult, and is easily within reach of any DIY enthusiast. When

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How to Seal a Sandstone Patio

A sandstone patio must be sealed properly, with an appropriate product, to prevent water and bad weather from damaging it. Sandstone is a particularly porous material, so sealing it is very important. A penetrating sealer needs to be used, and applied thoroughly, to both the stones and the grout between

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How to Clean a Sandstone Patio

A sandstone patio provides a beautiful and traditional addition to your home. Sandstone is a natural and timeless product that can look great in many outdoor and indoor applications. It is also commonly used for paving out a patio area. Though it is highly durable, it does require some special attention

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How to Install Stone Veneer around Porch Columns

It is relatively simple to install stone veneer to porch columns. Just keep in mind to prioritize safety when cutting the stone pieces. Stone veneer produces an effect as if natural stone was used to create the columns, but with comparatively lower costs. Below is a safe and easy way to install stone

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How to Seal a Stone Porch

A stone porch is both beauty and strength: it adds warmth to the home's facade and can withstand moisture and extreme temperatures. To make the porch more striking and add extra protection to it, you have to seal it. Follow the simple steps below to effectively seal a stone porch. Tools and Materials

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How to Seal Slate Porch Tiles

Sealing slate porch tiles is necessary. It is done to protect the porous surface of the slate tiles and add a finish to the porch. This can keep the stones in good condition for many years to come. When deciding to seal the porch tiles, it is important to come up with a good plan before doing anything

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How to Replace Slate Porch Tiles

When your slate porch tiles are broken or severely damaged, they can be easily replaced with new ones. However, careful removal should be exercised, in order to avoid damaging the other tiles that are still in good shape. This project is intended for DIYers who have experience installing stone, ceramic

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How to Repair a Slate Tile Porch

A slate tile porch, even if it is durable, may crack or chip due to exposure to rain, snow and extreme heat, or when a heavy object drops on it. Grout around the tiles may chip, too. To prolong the life of a slate tile porch, follow the steps below on how to re-grout and repair small cracks and chips

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Stone Porch Repair: How to Repair Cracked Stones

A crack in the stone porch will continue to grow if it is not repaired immediately. Although stone tiles offer durability, they can get cracked due to a variety of reasons such as a heavy object falling straight onto the surface of the porch. Small cracks can be repaired by patching, but heavy damage

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How to Install Stone Veneer over Concrete Porch Steps

You can install stone veneer over the concrete porch steps to give a porch an aesthetic look. Stone veneer is one of the most commonly used materials in building. It is often used as a cladding or decorative material. Brickwalls and concrete steps can have stone veneers as a facing. There are many types

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Gravel Path Edging: Tips for Installing Bricks or Pavers

When installing bricks or pavers into a gravel path edging design a few simple steps should be followed in order to prevent problems while setting them in place. Before beginning this project, if the edging is not already in place, use spray paint to lay out the entire area, dig out the space to the

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How to Repair a Cobblestone Paver Patio

It may be necessary to repair a section of a cobblestone paver patio from time to time. Everything from old age and exposure to weather to accidentally dropping a heavy item can cause damage to paver patios. Whatever the case, small repairs are easily accomplished. Cobblestone patios with mortared joints

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How to Repair a Stone Paver Patio

A stone paver patio is an amazing accent to any landscaping design, but when the pavers begin to break and sink the appeal of it will quickly diminish. Since these pavers are separate pieces that have been laid into place on a bed of sand it is a very easy task to fix or replace the pavers. There is

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How to Build Stone Retaining Wall Steps

A stone retaining wall is made to transform the inclines and uneven areas around your house to useful, flat areas. Creating the retaining wall will add to the grace of the landscape and make it easy to access the area. For a successful stone retaining wall the steps must be easy to climb and they must

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Stone Retaining Wall Construction: Mistakes to Avoid

Retaining wall construction is important when wanting to level of an area of your garden, which is naturally at the bottom of a soil embankment. Reasons for doing this would be to have a flat patio area or in order to install a pool. A retaining wall provides a vertical barrier against soil settling

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Cobblestone House Maintenance

Cobblestone is made from highly condensed materials which include numerous types of rocks and lava which are then hand cut into blocks used for many streets, pathways, and cobblestone houses. Understanding Cobblestone The Earth condenses the rock for hundreds of years before we dig it up and use it for