02:02PM | 06/28/99
I have a concrete patio which is about 18" high. I also have a toddler who can open the sliding doos onto the patio and get out. Can I put pavers over the existing patio and screw a wooden railing into the concrete? I figure I can hide the slab with landscaping.


07:29AM | 06/29/99
Julie, in order to screw into the concrete you'll have to drill holes with a masonary bit then place lead anchors into the holes and using lag nuts screw through the wood into the anchors. It's NOT as tough as it sounds. One other option which would be really simple is to buy a bar to secure the sliding door, they make them that simply pivot down from a hinge, or you could but a spring loaded bar.


03:46AM | 06/30/99

Your post sounds like you are trying to solve two separate peoblems. The first is you consider the patio less than attractive and wish to beautify it. The second problem is keeping the toddler on the patio.

While you can ceratinly put brick or pavers on top of the patio, it would be a hard task. Prep is everything in that situation.

Have you considered a deck just off the surface??

As for the toddler, a wraought iron railing would look good. It too is screwed to the existing concrete.

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