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Deck & Patio Articles


Home improvement doesn’t end in the great outdoors, and these articles will equip you with the know-how to take on projects like Installing a Patio Door and How to Build a Deck.

Building a Custom Fire Pit
Ethan | May 24, 2013
Building a Custom Fire Pit

Today we’re featuring a guest contribution by Matt from the DIY Village on building a custom fire pit. If you don’t know Matt and Jacque, hop on over to their site. It’s chock full of awesome DIY articles! When it comes to transforming a back yard, an outdoor fire pit rates high on everyone’s DIY to do list. When my wife, Jacque and I purchased our new home a few years ago, we were moving from a townhouse. One thing that always bugged me about living there was that we were restricted on what we could modify outside... 

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Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review
Ethan | May 17, 2013
Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review

Early this year Jocie and I attended a Rust-Oleum media event. They shared information about several products, and the one that really piqued my interest was the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. They described it as a thick coating that fills gouges and cracks and buries splinters. It also hides imperfections, and the textured surface is slip resistant. In short, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore sounded like the perfect product for my old, weathered deck.When Jocie and I purchased our home, the deck was already a bit neglected. It was bad enough that... 

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How to Repair Cracked Concrete
Ethan | November 8, 2012
How to Repair Cracked Concrete

Ever since Jocie and I purchased our home in 2006 the concrete stoop has had this long, ugly crack, and this past summer some yellow-jackets tried to take up residence within the crack. That was enough for me to bump the concrete repair to the front of my to-do list. If you look around online, the typical repair involves filling the crack with a flexible patching compound followed by a sealant. The result is a structurally sound and visibly unattractive repair. I wanted something better because this is a repair that everyone will see when... 

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How to Install a Patio Door
Ethan | March 27, 2012
How to Install a Patio Door

Welcome back to our latest Pro-Follow. If you read yesterday’s Pro-Follow update about replacing a door header, you’ll recognize this is the second part of that project. Steve and his crew discovered a poorly built header and replaced it before continuing on to replace the patio doors. Today’s article shares how to install a new patio door, including the steps necessary to waterproof and level the door. If you’d like to learn more about our Pro-Follows and the contractors with whom we’ve partnered, check out... 

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How to Build a Deck (with 120+ Pics, Diagrams, Pro-Tips, & Helpful Links)
Ethan | March 9, 2012
How to Build a Deck (with 120+ Pics, Diagrams, Pro-Tips, & Helpful Links)

If you’re a regular reader, you know this detailed guide is the culmination of many days shadowing expert general contractor and carpenter Steve Wartman. I was on-site as he and his crew built this deck, taking pictures of the progress, documenting the work and discovering tips and tricks. I’m convinced that there’s no better way to learn how to tackle home improvement projects than following a licensed contractor through a build. If you enjoy this article, check out our other Project Guides. To stay current on all... 

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How to Build a Concrete Patio with Bluestone Inlay (Complete Guide)
Ethan | December 15, 2011
How to Build a Concrete Patio with Bluestone Inlay (Complete Guide)

We’re really excited to share this step-by-step guide for building a concrete patio with a decorative bluestone border. We partnered with Joe Bianco, President of SDG Home Solutions, to document how a contractor and their crew would tackle this home improvement project. This article shares pictures and tips covering everything from demolition to the finishing touches. We hope it’s a great resource for you, especially if you’re considering a new concrete patio in the near future. Concrete Patio Remodel Here’s Joe... 

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