Joe Spinelli doesn't like surprises even though he lives in Surprise, AZ. He's also pithy. "Who do I call to find a leak in my waterfall in my yard?" Here's my answer: Joe, I don't know that I'd call anyone just yet. Why not try to find it yourself? I would turn off the pump […]
Quick Column Summary: Keep grill away from house Doublecheck propane connections Call fire department first One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire […]
Quick Column Summary: How to clean teak table Pressure washers can cause damage Use an oxygen bleach Seal with synthetic resin DEAR TIM: I purchased a used teak outdoor table from the online classified ad website Craigslist. It was a great deal, but it needs some tender loving care. How do I clean it? Should […]
Not all existing patios are good candidates for turning into a screened-in porch. Factors such as roof lines, existing walls and patio size and shape, can cause issues when converting a patio to a screened-in porch.
Creating a stone walkway with a sand base, may not provide the long lasting results you want. If you use a combination of damp sand and Portland cement as a base for your stone walk, your walkway or patio will look great for years.
If a precast concrete paver patio is in your future, here are some tips for patio pavers. Concrete paver stones interlock so they don't move around after you have completed your patio. These are DIY friendly and if your patio is a small one, you can be sitting on your new patio in hours.
Patio repair can require a little work on your knees. If the mortar joints need to be repaired, remove all the old mortar and save it. After leveling the patio stones, replace the mortar around the patio stones.
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.