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Out in nature when it rains on soil, most of the water goes into the ground. Yeah, this column is about drainage paving stones, but you need to know something first. I say this assuming: it's not a downpour the soil is not saturated from days of rain the soil isn't frozen or some other […]

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Colored brick pavers have been around since the late 1970s. I remember when these interlocking colored concrete bricks were introduced. Homeowners were attracted to them like flies to picnic food. When I first saw them, I knew there would be problems with them. First, they were made from regular concrete. Small pieces of stone were […]

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A patio constructed of patio pavers can add a very distinctive look to your home. If installing patio pavers is done correctly, the brick paver patio will last of years. Traditional clay-brick pavers, set in mortar, make for a great patio design and low maintenance.

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How To Tile Step Trim TIPS Add Color and Dimension with Different Tiles Stair Riser Tile Adds Character and Flair Match Tile to Mood and House Theme Make Sure Tile is made for Outdoors CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve got an exciting outdoor patio project I’m about to […]

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DEAR TIM: I was on vacation before Christmas visiting relatives in southern California. I love outdoor plants so we visited a place called Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. There I saw the most unusual patio and sidewalk paving. Never before had I seen such beauty and thought it was fake. Different small stones that were different […]

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DEAR TIM: My wife is begging me to install a patio. The issue is she hates the interlocking cast concrete brick and they seem to lose their luster and color in a few years. Plus, they look too perfect she says. She want’s me to create a brick patio that looks like it’s been down […]

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DEAR TIM: I spent some time at your AsktheBuilder.com website but couldn’t locate the exact video that answers my question. There’s a wide ugly gap between my concrete outdoor patio slab and the slab my house is built on. I’m trying to determine whether to caulk the crack or fill it with some cement-based patching […]

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Tan has  been busy tamping in Toronto, Canada. He's building a brick patio. Let him fill you in: "Hi Tim! I'm going guild a brick patio in my backyard. I just covered the ground with garden fabric, dumped gravel on top and I compacted it. Should I put stone dust, compact  and lay bricks over it […]

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Sandra Schumacher lives up in the land of billions of barrels of oil better known as Bismarck, North Dakota. She's got a problem with here patio because it slopes towards her house. Allow her to explain. "We have a 10 x 12 concrete patio that has sloped toward the house causing leakage during rainstorms. Could we […]

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