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Swing Set Installation Tips

Backyard swing sets are for kids to dream about the possibilities

Every year families with young, energetic children purchase swing sets which have to be assembled and set up. Although setting up a swing set isn’t difficult, it requires more patience and time than than you would expect. A touch of realism will help homeowners assess how much time it will take to assemble the swing set and decide whether it’s worth it … as smaller, simpler swing sets or pre-assembled ones are just as much fun.

Double the cost of a swing set to cover paying someone to set it up – does it fit your budget?

This approach gets the swing... 

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Does Your Home Need Any of These Wood Rot Repairs

wood rot is a common home repair

Everyone knows we’re getting lots more rain and snow than normal. Hopefully your house is watertight and none of the water has gotten inside your home. Because when water gets inside a house and doesn’t have a way to escape, you’re likely to get wood rot and that’s never good.

The worst part about wood rot is that it gets worse, year after year, so the sooner you find and make needed repairs, the less costly it will be.

So first you might want to understand how this happens. Wood rot is caused by wood destroying fungi that break down the wood cells... 

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Spring Exterior Maintenance Projects

In some parts of the country, spring is making an appearance. If it hasn’t shown up in your town, it will soon. That means it is time to decide what home maintenance projects you want to tackle this year. Without a doubt, there will be more projects then there will be time or budget, so you will need to prioritize.

Safety is priority one. For the most effective safety inspection try and see your house as a visitor arriving for the first time. Is your house number easy to find during different lighting? Is the path from parking spots to the... 

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Take Care When Digging a Hole

digging a hole is fun & work when it's for home repairs

You’re ready to plant some new shrubs in your backyard when a neighbor walks over and asks if you’ve checked to see where the utility lines are? You don’t know what he’s talking about – it’s your yard, and you assume you can do anything you want there but you’re wrong.

Digging that hole is not as simple as digging sand at the beach. You may own your property and control what happens above ground but utility companies have buried pipes and lines underneath your land. The lines are already there and you don’t want to damage them as you might end... 

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Deciding Who Does What When Building a Deck

deck designs vary in complexity to build a deck

How often can you read directions once and finish a task without more questions? When doing something unfamiliar, do you find yourself doing it more than once to get it right? The internet is great for doing research but it requires time and patience to read directions several times, from a few different angles and then you’ve got to map out the steps to take to get something done.

Lots of homeowners build decks. Many of these aren’t installed correctly, so they’re one of the top 10 handyman projects. We get to deal with homeowners who are worried or downright angry,... 

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Cleaning Your Concrete Patio and Driveway

oxygen bleach is an eco-friendly cleaning solution for cleaning a deck, patio and many other home areas

When we’re outdoors, we seldom look down at the concrete patio, driveway or sidewalk we’re walking on. What we forget is these outdoor living spaces need care and cleaning just like the rest of the house. Spring is the perfect time (temperature) to put a few hours into cleaning your concrete patio, driveway along with some gardening. It only takes a few hours to protect your patio so it looks great all through the summer and fall. You’ll be glad you did this chore in the spring, as you enjoy many months relaxing and reading, sun bathing, grilling hamburgers and steaks,... 

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Dirty Decks & How to Clean Them

pressure washing deck

Decks get dirty from people walking on them, dropping things and then there’s the weather and things blowing around in the air. We all want a beautiful deck and with a little elbow grease, you can clean them at the beginning of your “outdoor” season.

If you’ve got a wood deck, after you’ve cleaned it you also need to seal it to protect it from the elements … as that’s how you’re able to extend it’s useful life. If you take care of your wood deck, it can last 20 to 25 years and if you don’t, you might have to replace... 

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Patios in Your Backyard Landscape

patio rock table pavers

If you have a nice, level backyard with great landscaping or an amazing view, patios can be a fun way to integrate your landscaping into your home. A patio enhances your backyard landscape experience because it’s like a separate living area that relates more to your landscape than your house. Decks, in contrast, are more like an extension of your home than an outdoor living space.

Many people build a deck instead of a patio because then they don’t have to worry about leveling their land which can be costly. Consider the benefits of a patio: It’s detached from your house,... 

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Is Deck Composite Right For You?

composite deck night

There are many different types of decking materials you can use to build your perfect deck. From natural wood to composite decking, we’ve collected some information to help you make your deck decision. There are pros and cons to all decking materials. What you need to find out is which one will give you the best return on investment (time and money). The material you choose for your deck needs to look great and fit your budget, but you also need to consider what kind of maintenance it will need.

It’s a good idea to consider your outdoor activities to see... 

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Deck Design Guide for 2012

decks add value to your home so take care when building a deck

Decks are a source of joy for homeowners because they let us enjoy the outdoors and our homes at the same time! If you like to get outside, you have to have a deck. Decks are a great place for family gatherings and BBQs, and they’re also great for relaxing after work.

We’ve gathered up some great deck trends to look at this season. In this article, we’ll talk about plans for a deck, great deck designs, using composite decking materials in your design and tips on building a deck. If you’ve been thinking about building a deck or upgrading part... 

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