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Screened Porch

Flooring a Screened Porch?This is a page about best flooring for a screen porch. When choosing flooring for a screened porch you will want to find the best option for this semi-enclosed outdoor space.

 

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I Want a Frugal Gazebo!Anyone have some money saving tips for building a gazebo for my backyard. We are heading into the summer and I would like to put something nice together that in relatively inexpensive. They have iron Gazebos at Costco for about 400 dollars. I would like to come in well under that. Thanks, Stan

 

Foam tubes holding up the canvas cover of a metal gazebo.

Prevent Sagging on Canvas Gazebo CoversIf your gazebo's canvas cover collects water in inclement weather, use foam insulation tubes to add extra framework. This is an easy way to keep rain from puddling, which can cause damage over the long run.

 

Stacked Block Stairs - finished block stairs

How to Make Stacked Block StairsYou can make these sturdy curved stairs out of concrete blocks and gravel for secure footing. This is a page about how to make stacked block stairs.

 

Outdoor Bench Made Easy - bench in garden near fence

Building an Easy Wooden Outdoor BenchFamiliarity with power tools, some cedar lumber, and time are all that is needed to make this nice seating addition for your garden. This is a page about building an easy outdoor bench.

 

Things to Consider
When Building a Garden Shed

Things to Consider When Building a Garden ShedPrior to building your garden shed there are many things to consider, from size to building materials. This is a page about things to consider when building a garden shed.

 

Man Planning a Backyard Patio

Planning a Backyard PatioThis is a page about planning a backyard patio. Having useful outdoor space makes it easy to enjoy your yard and garden, but you want to be sure you put it in the best spot.

 

Slippery When Wet Concrete

Solution for Slippery Concrete?This page is about solution for slippery concrete. Especially when wet, smooth concrete can be very slick. You need to find a way to make walking on it safe.

 

plants shading porch

Creating Shade on a PorchThis page is about creating shade on a porch. Having good air circulation and a shady outdoor space can be delightful.

 

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Installing Outdoor Play Equipment

Installing Outdoor Play EquipmentThis is a page about installing outdoor play equipment. To provide a safe and enjoyable experience for your children certain steps need to be followed when installing outdoor play equipment.

 

A garden shed built slightly on a hill.

Building a Shed on Uneven Ground?This is a page about building a shed on uneven ground. Although some people are blessed with even ground for outdoor structures, many more have hilly or rocky yards or other challenges to building a shed.

 

Back Patio with Green Furniture

Garden: Back PorchHere is our new patio set on our back porch. We spend more time out here than inside.

 

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Keeping Mud Out of Gravel RV Pad?I built a RV pad. I spread 2 inches of gravel to keep our shoes clean. My problem: There are hundreds of very large earth worms living underneath the gravel. These earthworms bring up so much soil that my gravel is becoming muddy when it rains. How can I correct this problem?

 

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Calculating the Cost of Adding a Semi-attached Garage?How much will it cost to add a 2 car attached garage to my house?. It will be 22 feet wide x 24 feet deep with a 6 foot breeze way between house and garage. The interior will be unimproved. Does anyone have recent experience with this type of construction cost?

 

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Using Composite Wood Decking?Has anyone used composite wood decking to build a new deck or re-surface an existing deck? It is much pricier than regular wood, but supposedly lasts forever, no maintenance, and adds value to the home. We were wanting to get some opinions from those who have it.

 

Recycled Shelf in the GardenI made this out of a old used up shelf. I nailed two wooded stakes on the back of it and painted it.

 

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Discouraging Mailbox VandalismOur neighborhood has vandals smashing our mailboxes. A friend shared an idea on how to not need to buy a new mailbox each time it is smashed, by reinforcing it. Purchase a large metal mailbox, and a smaller size that can fit inside of the larger mailbox.

 

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Homemade Backyard Firepit?I'm looking for an inexpensive, unique idea for a backyard firepit. I see these made of all kinds of metal, but don't want to risk using something that will melt!

 

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Turning a Porch Into a Sunroom?I had an idea to covert our porch into a temporary sunroom by screening it. Can you make roman shades with screen material to raise and lower? Anyone have any ideas? I can't afford to pay to screen it in.

 

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Getting Rid of the Smell of Copper Green Wood Preservative?I used Copper Green wood preservative on my deck and my daughter can't stand the smell. She complains bitterly. Is there some way to get rid of the smell?

 

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Building a Storage Shed for Firewood?How do you build a storage shed for firewood?

 

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Building a Fence?I need to replace the fence I have, it's really old. I need a 6 foot fence which I hope to look decent. Anyone have any tips for an inexpensive way to go about this?

 

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Best Flooring for a Screen Porch?I have a covered porch that is screened in top to bottom. I need to replace some indoor/outdoor carpeting that is there with something else; it is over concrete. Is tile hard to install, and is there a special kind I need to use outside?

 

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Attaching Window Boxes to a Shed?I have just bought 2 wonderful wood window boxes with liners for my shed. They are great but came with no hardware or instructions on how to mount them. The shed is Amish built, wood construction with siding cover.

 

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DIY Shade Fabric Awning Support Advice?I'm making anawningto provide shade in the summer. I want to use multiple rectangular shade sails to cover the area (approx 8x26'). I will be attaching it to the fascia of the house and the other end to 4x4s. I'm wondering if I can get away with putting the 4x4s in a large ceramic planters filled with concrete? If I have to bury them how far down do I need them to support it?

 

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