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Outdoors: Featured DIY Projects

How to Build a Chain Link Kennel for Your Dog

Follow these guidelines for building an outdoor dog kennel,...

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Backyard Decks: Build an Island Deck

Built with composite decking and hidden fasteners, this maintenance-free...

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Outdoors: Other DIY Projects you may like

  • Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

  • Create a rippling, rock-lined stream with multiple waterfalls in your backyard. Use gravel and stone filters and a heavy-duty pump to reduce maintenance and maintain water clarity.

  • 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.

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  • How to Choose Composite Decking

  • Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of 7 key issues, including budget, sunlight, moisture, appearance, building codes and the cost of extras. Some types will meet your needs and others won't. Photo...Read more»

  • How to Build a Campfire Bench

  • This simple, sturdy campfire bench is perfect for the back yard or cabin. Build it with your kids this weekend and it’ll last for their kids.

  • Fall Lawn Care Guide

  • Surprisingly, fall is the season to develop a lusher, greener, healthier lawn. This is the time for aerating, the critical time for fertilizing, and mowing shorter than usual. Plus, even though the grass is entering its big sleep for...Read more»

  • How to Build a Cedar Deck Railing With Glass

  • We'll show you how to dress up a dull deck with sturdy, handsome railing that provides a wide-open view. The tinted glass is strong and safe, and it adds flair to your outdoor space. This article explains everything...Read more»

  • Latticework Porch Trellis

  • This trellis is an elegant way to get a degree of privacy for a porch, deck or even a patio. It’s also a great place to grow climbing plants. This trellis offers a unique design that allows you to adapt it to fit a variety of sites....Read more»

  • Oriented Strand Board vs. Plywood

  • OSB and plywood can both be used for walls, floors and roofs, but there are some differences between them. Here’s a rundown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Making Deck Posts

  • Learn the simple deck-building skills of making square cuts, cutting notches and shaping deck posts to make your deck stronger and more attractive.

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