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Find projects, ideas and tips for your garden, landscaping, decks, patio, water features and outdoor structures.

  1. How to Fix a Gas Grill

    Save that beat-up old gas grill from the garbage dump and restore it to new condition for a fraction of the cost of a new grill. Virtually every part on the grill can be replaced, restored or repainted at relatively low cost, putting your grill back in use for many more seasons.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Build a Garden Bench

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    Assemble this attractive, comfortable garden bench. We show you how to build it so it's strong and durable, using a simple biscuit joinery technique.

  2. Replacing Deck Boards

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    Has your deck seen better days? You probably don't have to rebuild the whole thing. Whether you have one bad deck board to replace or many, the process is the same. We'll show you how on an old, weathered deck, because you can save hundreds of dollars in lumber by splicing in boards instead of ...

  3. How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio

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    Is your old concrete patio an eyesore? You can avoid the cost and mess of tearing it out by just screwing down wood sleepers and decking over it.

  4. Construct a Raised Garden Bed

    Project

    Build a raised garden bed from natural rough-cut stone that blends perfectly into the landscape. Using standard tools and a diamond-grit circular saw blade you can build this project in two weekends.

  5. Composting Tips

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    Kick your composting up a notch with these tips. Using this simple 3-bin composter you can turn yard and kitchen waste into rich compost in 4 to 6 weeks.

  6. Restore a Deck

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    Restore an old wood deck, even if it's worn, cracked and splintery. Simply paint it with a thick, acrylic deck restoration coating, which will create a smooth surface that lasts for years.

  7. PVC Patio Furniture

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    Make your own outdoor chairs, tables, chaise lounges and more from high-quality, exterior-grade PVC. Create patio furniture in a range of colors and styles.

  8. How to Clean a Bird Bath

    Project

    Dirty bird baths can become unpleasant for both birds and humans. Here's how to get rid of the slimy gunk and clean up your birds' bathing and watering hole.

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