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How To Get the Best Contractor Quick Column Summary: Artificial stone install DIY friendly Read all installation instructions Create a surface for rock to adhere to Use cement paint DEAR TIM: I was at a spring home show and saw a few displays that featured beautiful stone. When I asked about what type of stone […]

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Cordless hammer drills are capable of drilling holes into solid granite quickly and easily. No need to use sledge hammers and star bits. If your project calls for a full day of drilling, you may want to get a corded drill and a portable power generator.

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Building a dry-laid arched stone bridge is possible, but you must cut the stones just right. A tight fit is required to keep the stones from moving. It might be easier to use a little cement mortar. The use of mortar allows you to not worry about how tightly the stones must fit

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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.

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Tim Carter describes a precast concrete paver patio system. While the stones at first seem random and individual, Tim shows how they are clever interlocking pieces of colored concrete.

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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.

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Custom staircases can be made in a variety of styles - custom iron stairs, custom metal stairs or custom wood stairs - to name a few. When building your custom stairs, be sure they meet code and fit into your area.

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A stone fireplace can really make a room. The fireplace design needs to match the room. Before during your fireplace installation, set up a mock fireplace to see if the fireplace hearth design is comfortable for you.

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