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Outdoors: Featured DIY Projects

Cutaway diagram showing the components of a properly installed fence post.
How to Set Fence Posts That Won't Rot

Did your fence posts rot at the bottom? Here's how to install new...

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Deck Rescue: Renew Your Deck

Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life for less than $300. We'll...

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One day $100 - $500

Outdoors: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • How to Build a Wooden Planter Box

  • This stripped-down window planter can be built in less than an hour, yet the simplicity of the design resists rot far better than traditional window boxes.

  • Landscaping: Tips for Your Backyard

  • Building brick paths and stone walls creates a magical landscape. It's also hard work. These tips will help you work smarter and faster and they'll help ensure that your paths and walls look as good in 20 years as they do the...Read more»

  • How to Achieve a Healthy Lawn

  • Keep your lawn healthy and looking good by proper cutting, watering, fertilizing and aerating. Good timing and techniques mean less time and effort.

  • How to Install Joist Hangers

  • If you install them properly, joist hangers will keep your decks and floors strong as wood dries, twists, shrinks and ages. We'll show you a four-step method for installing joist hangers that will ensure that your floor or deck...Read more»

  • How to Install an Irrigation System in Your Yard

  • Micro irrigation systems save water, time and energy, and can be customized to fit any garden. These above-ground systems can be installed almost anywhere, without digging or special tools.

  • How to Build a Pergola

  • Build a vine-covered pergola in your backyard to shade a stone patio or wood deck using wood beams and lattice set on precast, classical-style columns.  The dappled sunlight created by the overhead latticework creates a cool, relaxing ...Read more»

  • Fall Leaves

  • Learn different methods for dealing with the annual problem of fall leaves. Field Editors from around the country share their tips for fall cleanup.

  • Tips for Easier Gardening

  • If you love gardening but your life is a busy place, you're going to love this batch of great gardening tips that will help you plant, weed and water your garden more quickly. From bringing plants home from the nursery to easier...Read more»

  • Lawns: How to Reseed

  • If your lawn is weedy or your grass is in poor shape, establish a healthy new lawn by starting over. Follow all our steps for success.

  • Build an Indoor Water Fountain

  • Enjoy the sound of bubbling water falling over rocks all year round with this miniature, plant-lined stream and waterfall. All you need is a container, a pump and some favorite beach stones.

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