Decks & Patios
How to Build a Patio by Laying Paving Slabs on Sand
How to make a patio or garden walkway by .laying paving slabs on dry mix for beginners. I provide step-by-step instructions with my own photos for laying the concrete paving slabs on sand to make a walkway.
Pro Tips for Applying Solid Deck Stain (Plus Prep Guide)
In this article, I provide useful tips on solid deck stain application and preparation to make your project easier.
How to Build Your Own DIY Porch Railings: Step-by-Step Guide
Save a mint and build your new porch railings yourself. It's not as hard as you might think!
How to Build a DIY Pallet Patio or Deck on a Budget
This article will show you how to build your own low-cost patio using mostly recycled wood pallets.
How to Fit Waterproof LED RGB Strip Lights for Decking
Quick guide for installing waterproof multi-coloured LED strip lighting around decking, lawns and gardens. Tips on laying the cables and protecting electrics from the weather.
How to Use a Nilfisk Pressure Washer in the Garden
I purchased the Nilfisk pressure washer to clean my decking prior to re-oiling it. Now I use it to clean all manner of other items around my garden.
Polymeric Sand: What It Is and How to Use It
Polymeric sand effectively fills and interlocks joints between paving units. Read on to determine if this paver joint sand solution is the one for your next outdoor pavement project. Learn about what a polymer is, its history, and how to use this dry joint sand stabilizer.
How to Create Shade in a Hot Conservatory Using Shade Sails
Use sails to create shade and cool a sunny conservatory. They are inexpensive, stylish and easy to install.
How to Lay Pavers for a Patio: Fixing a Brick Patio Yourself
If you have a brick paver patio and it is uneven or sloping, fix it yourself for a fraction of the cost. You don't have to be a professional to do a professional job.
How to Estimate and Build a Deck in 7 Easy Steps
Learn how to design, estimate, and build a deck. This article includes instructions for cutting stringers to build stairs, mathematical formulas used to estimate building construction, build steps, and carpentry tricks.
How to Build a Patio Cover With a Corrugated Metal Roof
Here's how I built a patio cover for my own house along with pictures I took for the permit inspector to make the approval inspection go smoothly.
How to Clean a Bare, Unfinished Cedar Wood Deck With Dish Soap
Clean a bare cedar deck the green way: with biodegradable liquid dish soap that is flora- and fauna-friendly—safe for kids and pets, too! Just soak, scrub with a deck brush, and rinse. Works great!