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House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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DIY Fire Pit

Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. Learn how to build a DIY fire pit.

Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

Build this handsome backyard feature in one weekend.


How to Build a Table with a Concrete Top

The look and durability of natural stone—the cost and simplicity of concrete


Asphalt Repair and Crack Filling

Over time, every asphalt driveway develops cracks and pits. Here's how to fight back.


Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints

A beginner's guide to tuckpointing, or replacing mortar joints

Modern Stone Installation Tips

Tips for installing veneer stone from a real pro


How to Repair Mortar Joints

Restore crumbling mortar joints with a chisel, a grinder and a lot of patience

How to Seal an Asphalt Driveway

Seal your asphalt driveway correctly and it could last up to 30 years.


How to Replace Spalling Bricks

Freezing and thawing water in brick can cause flaking and spalling, which ruins the brick.


How to Build Pathways: Brick and Stone Pathways

With a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can build this walk in a three-day weekend


How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.

How to Cut Concrete

Concrete cutting tips for the tough jobs. Try a concrete saw


How to Install a Glass Block Shower

A curved wall creates a unique bath area


How to Install Stone Facing

Step-by-step instructions and pictures for how to install stone facing.


How to Install a Durable Asphalt Driveway

Learn how the pros make asphalt driveways that last


Chimney Maintenance

Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance

How to Fix Chipped Concrete Steps for Good

Assemble an L-shaped wooden form, lock it into place with bricks and fill the void with concrete repair mix.


How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


How to Remove Rust from Concrete

This cheap and easy method for removing rust stains on concrete comes directly from an editor's hands-on, DIY experience.


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How to Repair Concrete Steps

Repairing concrete steps is a lot cheaper than building new ones.


How to Repair Broken Bricks

The cause—and two possible solutions


How to Reset a Loose Brick

A simple repair can save a whole brick wall


How to Build an Outdoor Table

The beauty and toughness of stone at a fraction of the cost


How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks

Stop inside-the-chimney waterfalls

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How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys

Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...