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Amazing Repair Products

Sometimes all it takes is the right product to make a quick and easy fix.

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How to Resurface Your Fireplace

From dull and dated to modern masterpiece in one weekend.


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How to Build a Brick Fire Pit

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Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. Learn...


How to Build a Brick Walkway in the Garden

Build this handsome backyard feature in one weekend.


Asphalt Repair and Crack Filling

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

How to Build a Table with a Concrete Top

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


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


10 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use Concrete

We generally associate concrete with infrastructure and buildings, however, there are numerous things you can make with concrete that don't...


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5 Crucial Tips for Concrete Care 

Here are five easy—and relatively inexpensive—ways to keep your concrete as strong as King Kong, according to Acid Magic.


How to Maintain and Repair Your Chimney

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


A Heated Driveway: Is It Actually Worth It?

Have you considered a heated driveway? Radiant heating slabs have been around for decades and have been growing in popularity...


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.


2 Simple Steps to Protect Your Exterior Stonework

Doing this will extend the life of your exterior stone.


Make Solid Connections in Concrete

To securely mount screws, hooks or nails to a solid concrete surface, bore a hole in the wall, then...

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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...


Reader Project: Cast Concrete Bridge

Fred Beal is a highway engineer, so when he needed a bridge for his Montana home, he designed and built it himself. With help


Reader Project: Fabulous Fire Table

Making minor size adjustments to better fit his outdoor space, reader Ed Merkle built this stylish project using The Family...


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