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Outdoors: Featured DIY Projects

Build a Privacy Fence

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Best Way to Control Weeds

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  • Crabgrass is a tough opponent, but with a lawn spreader, a pump sprayer and a few turf products you can get rid of crabgrass in the spring and control it throughout the summer.

  • Renew Your Concrete Patio

  • Concrete stains are a quick, inexpensive way to transform an uninteresting concrete slab into an elegant patio that’s vibrant with rich color.

  • 6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

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  • How to Build an Outdoor Living Room

  • Turn your patio or deck into a comfortable, protected outdoor room. This DIY-friendly design features exposed, natural wood beams and massive-looking (but easy to build) wood piers.

  • How to Build a Treated-Wood Retaining Wall

  • Eliminate steep, difficult to mow slopes, stop erosion and create attractive planting beds with an easy to assemble wood retaining wall. It uses lightweight materials to create a strong durable wall. It uses standard...Read more»

  • Flashing a Deck Ledger Board on Vinyl Siding

  • Attaching a deck ledger board to a vinyl-sided house requires a few extra trim pieces to keep water from leaking behind the siding. Here's a rundown of the materials and procedure.

  • How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

  • Build this simple, attractive fire ring with retaining wall stone surrounded by flagstone, creating the perfect spot for cookouts, family gatherings and casual conversation. We'll show you how to build the fire ring so it's safe...Read more»

  • Deck Rescue: Renew Your Deck

  • Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life for less than $300. We'll show you how to clean and renew your deck like a pro in two four-hour periods.

  • How to Choose Modular Concrete Block

  • Modular concrete blocks for retaining walls and garden projects are available in a huge range of styles and prices. This article surveys the choices and explains the options.

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