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  • Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

    The gals at housemade took a pressure washer to their front retaining wall which besides peeling paint is a necessary element for their plant beds. We’ve seen how well pressure washers…

  • Drywell Rebuild with the Help of Oakum

    The folks at Chicago 2-Flat tore up a concrete slab in their backyard to discover a 100-year old drywell located just next to the house. They considered setting up rain barrels…

  • Efflorescence: The Chalky Stuff on your Concrete

    Efflorescence is a very common and somewhat mysterious ailment effecting masonry construction including brick, concrete, and mortars. It occurs when water moving through a sidewalk or other structure brings salts to…

  • Fix a Sagging Wooden Swing Gate

    It’s time to fix that sagging wooden gate that scrapes along the ground. Until this is remedied it will continue to mark your pathway as well as damage the bottom of…

  • Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

    The New York Times Green Issue highlighted Chicago’s use of pervious concrete in an ongoing project called Green Alley’s which is a renovation of the pavement in the cities alley space…

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Now that most of us are enjoying the highly anticipated spring season, the focus turns to outdoor projects, including gardening. Yet depending on your yard space, time commitment and gardening skill,…

  • DIY Maven: Faux Stone Pavers

    Today DIY Maven takes on faux stone pavers: If you’ve ever laid pavers, you know how exhausting it is. And even though you did it yourself, it probably wasn’t cheap. Those…

  • Don’t Just Feed the Birds

    The yard is an extension of the home that you can decorate, just like the inside. There are plenty of ways to spice up the outdoors like a flower bush, a…

  • City Grill

    This portable bucket grill has answered our prayers for a safe and convenient way to BBQ in New York city. Fill the bucket with your supplies and charcoal and after cooking…

  • Modern Hot Tub Solution

    Hot tubs and jacuzzis are an eye-sore for many homeowners who otherwise have built the perfect modern landscape in their backyards. But Surfacedesign Inc. was up to the task of incorporating…

  • Ice Dam Prevention and Removal

    The mid-west is seeing it’s first big freeze of the winter and there is no doubt this will set the foundation for ice dams on many homes. An ice dam is…

  • Lessons in Leaf Blowing

    photo: TroyBilt Consumer Search doesn’t just provide reviews but they review the reviews and provide insight beyond the marketing spiel. We’ve recently found them useful for reviewing the top leaf blowers…

  • Firepit Fanatics

    Firepits bring an instant sense of community to any outdoor area. Maybe its our primitive impulse to sit around an open flame and take refuge in it’s warmth and safety, or…

  • Building a Concrete Patio

    Concrete patios can be the foundation for a brick patio but also serve as your primary outdoor surface. You’ll need the proper planning and supplies to finish this job but with…

  • Outdoor Sink Station

    Make your own outdoor sink station is with a standard laundry room wash bin and an outdoor table.…

  • A Gateway to a Better Garden

    There are plenty of computer programs that can assist you in choosing the right plans for your home or even assist you in designing the home yourself but there are fewer…

  • Retractable Awnings

    We invest a lot of time and money in our decks, patios, and outdoor furniture. By adding a retractable awning you’ll be able to take advantage of your outside space on…

  • Outdoor Sheds

    Sticking with the storage theme this week, why not build your own shed. Once again we’ve found some great content from Popular Mechanics which includes a comprehensive plan for building your…

  • Gas Grill Buying Guide

    Consumer Reports breaks down the differences between the low and high-end gas grills and what to look for when shopping for your new grill.…

  • Electric Lawn Mowers

    Wired Magazine reviews some of the latest electric lawn mowers and their top choice is the Sunlawn. It’s manageable weight, easy storage, and simple battery replacement give it the top scores…