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5 Simple Fixes for Worn Concrete
Concrete is one of the most durable construction materials around, but faulty installation, everyday wear and tear, e...
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All You Need to Know About Driveway Cleaning
Nothing is quite as aggravating as discovering that the delivery guy’s van leaked oil on your driveway, or that the d...
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How To: Pour Concrete
Pouring concrete yourself may save you money and build your skills, but without proper equipment and attention to det...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solutions for Icy Surfaces
We want our driveways and walks not to be the scene of injury during the long, icy winter. But if you're taking the p...
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Bob Vila Radio: Melt Driveway Ice the DIY Way
Winter storms sometimes have a way of sneaking up on us. If that happens, and you get another surprise—no ice melt on...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Easiest Way to Clear a Snowy Driveway
Some folks consider the winter to be their favorite season. But very few do not dread the task of shoveling the walk ...
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Buyer's Guide: Snow Blowers
When Old Man Winter blows into town, home improvement stores roll out their snow blower displays—rows of shiny red, b...
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So, You Want to... Build a Ramp
Opening your heart and home to a mobility-challenged loved one is a beautiful thing. And one way to make it easier on...
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3 Fixes for Sticky Tree Sap
The beauty, shade, and privacy offered by trees make them a popular environmental feature for any property. But many ...
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3 Fixes for an Icy Walk and Driveway
Snow days may be cause for celebration, but the party comes to a screeching halt when you shovel your snowy walkway o...
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Quick Tip: Speed Up Snow Shoveling with Cooking Spray
Winter’s first snowfall is greeted with open arms for affording fun-filled activities like bobsledding, skiing, and b...
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DIY Kids: Make a Garden Stepping Stone
Whether you're looking for a way to personalize the lawn and garden with mementos from the kids or you're on the hunt...
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5 Simple Steps to Renew Your Concrete Driveway
In an alternative universe—in a world with neither vehicles nor inclement weather—your concrete driveway might never lose its pristine, freshly poured look. But i...
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How To: Resurface a Concrete Driveway
Durability ranks high among the many reasons to choose concrete as a driveway surfacing material. After years of expo...
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7 Thrifty Designs for a DIY Walkway
<p>Garden paths serve both a practical and aesthetic purpose in the yard. They provide a safe and easy walkway to and from the house and garden, and give you an o...
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How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging
Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds,...
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Bob Vila Radio: Raising Sunken Pavers
If a few of the pavers in your patio or driveway have begun to sag, don't fret—there’s an easy, DIY-friendly fix. Her...
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Never Shovel Snow Again After This One Improvement
Though winter's worst storms are likely yet to come, many homeowners around the country have already had ample opport...
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Bob Vila Radio: Homemade Remedies for Driveway Oil Spots
Oil spots on asphalt driveways certainly don't add to a home's curb appeal. Ask ten people what remedies they recomme...
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How To: Create a Gravel Driveway
A gravel driveway can be very attractive in a characteristically unpretentious way, introducing casual curb appeal to...
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Planning Guide: Driveways
Why do we drive on the parkway and park on the driveway? That’s just one of life’s little mysteries, but there’s no m...
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Instant Curb Appeal: 15 Fast Facade Fix-Ups
"You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." While this phrase usually refers to people, it also applies to houses. The exterior of your home offer...
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Weekend Project: 5 Ways to Create Ice Luminaries
Ice luminaries date back to the olden days, when if you wanted to illuminate winter darkness, you needed to use a lit...
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How To: Make a Stone Walkway
Here are some tips on how to make a stone walkway.  After marking the walkway with string, the first step is to lay a...
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How To: Pour a Concrete Walkway
Keep these things in mind when pouring a DIY concrete walkway. Set a level frame with one-by-four lumber. Lay plastic...
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You've Got Mail: 11 Inventive DIY Mailboxes
Make your letter carrier do a double take with these 11 salvaged-material mailboxes that demonstrate real outside-the-box creativity.
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Landscape Lighting 101
Landscape lighting can turn a visitor from feeling wary to welcome. It can change the rest of the yard from Nightmare...
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Create a Distinctive Driveway
Photo: stonecoatusa. comYour driveway is your welcome mat, the pathway to your home. It may be a broad expanse, or cu...
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10 DIY Step Stones to Brighten Any Garden Walk
Give your garden path or walkway some flair with these easy-to-make, one-of-a-kind stepping-stones.
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How To: Make a Concrete Walkway
A walkway or garden path enhances a home's landscape and complements its exterior features. While traditional materia...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal
In summer, it's a given that homeowners are spending more time on lawn care and gardening, but DIY curb appeal projec...
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Bob Vila Radio: Window Boxes
Window boxes can really amp up a home’s curb appeal by adding color and a sense of welcome. Here are some tips for cr...
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The Right Path: 15 Wonderful Walkway Designs
From gravel to brick, bluestone to concrete, these gorgeous walkway ideas can take you wherever you want to go in your landscaping.
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Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Drainage
There are lots of options available in driveway materials, including asphalt, gravel, brick and pavers. In addition t...
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Bob Vila Radio: Hiding Trash Cans
Nothing kills a home’s curb appeal faster than a couple of trash cans and recycling bins parked in the driveway, or l...
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Laying a Walkway with Bluestone
There’s a lot to recommend a bluestone walkway. The natural colors and textures look great in almost any setting. Mai...
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10 Popular Driveway Options to Welcome You Home
From asphalt to brick, basalt to concrete, this is the stuff dream driveways are made of.
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Designing a Driveway with Long-Lasting Appeal
When we were building our new construction home, the driveway almost seemed like an afterthought. With everything els...
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Rock Salt vs. Sand to Prevent Slips
When I lived in a New York City apartment building, I never thought about shoveling snow. We had a wonderful superint...
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11 House Numbers to Count On for Curb Appeal
Giving your home's exterior an update with new house numbers is as easy as 1-2-3.
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It's All in the Details—House Numbers
House numbers may seem to be one of the most basic and utilitarian features of your home, and in the past, this may h...
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10 Simple "Under $60" Curb Appeal Updates for Any Home
Sometimes little changes can make a big difference. Here are ten ways to liven up a drab entry without breaking the bank.
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Give Your Facade a Facelift: Simple, Affordable Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
Just like windows are the eyes to the soul, the outside of a home gives viewers a first impression of what’s inside. ...
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Window Boxes That Raise the Bar
Bring the garden to your windowsill and upgrade your home's curb appeal all at once with one of these stylish window boxes.
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Concrete
Even though the words are often used interchangeably, concrete and cement are not the same thing. Portland cement is ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Options
Like it or not, working on the car, washing the dog, rinsing the lawnmower and all the other work we do on our drivew...
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9 Easy-to-Make Garden Luminaries
Even if you are not an avid DIYer, you can easily make one of these garden luminaries to lighten your landscape.
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How To: Lay a Stone Path
A stepping stone path is easier to create than a full-blown walkway and lends charm and practicality to your yard. He...
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Seal a Driveway
Sealing your driveway may seem like a bothersome chore, but its benefits are significant. First, a regular coat of se...
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5 Natural Outdoor Lighting Bargains
Natural outdoor lighting is the rage in backyard renovation, offering an easy and environmentally friendly way to she...
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Bob Vila Radio: Curb Appeal
mp3 linkListen to BOB VILA ON CURB APPEAL, or read text below:I got a question from Julie in Tacoma: “I want to sell ...
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Patio Pavers 101
Pavers are a versatile, DIY-friendly, landscaping material that can be used for laying paths, steps, driveways, pool ...
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10 "Best in Class" Patio Pavers
Whether you are looking to create a walkway, patio or pool surround, today's pavers offer unlimited design options for any hardscape plan.
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Smart New Choices for Outdoor Lighting
What most urban dwellers forget is that we can see a great deal entirely by moonlight. Our ability to see in low ligh...
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Outdoor Lighting: 12 Products to Light Your Way
Whether you are looking to illuminate your front entry, deck, walkway or landscape, today's outdoor lighting options are plentiful.
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Garden Paths: 16 Easy-to-Imitate Stone Walkways
When it comes to garden paths, the possibilities are endless. Here are sixteen examples to help you get inspired.
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10 Easy Curb Appeal Updates
Add some style—and value—to your home with these do-it-yourself curb appeal updates.
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Turning a Frown Upside Down: Repurposing Bricks to Make a Walkway
No one likes cleaning up after a storm. But when the storm causes structural damage to your home, the cleanup process...
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Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
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Installing a Retaining Wall
Bob reviews the Allen Block retaining wall that is being installed in the backyard. This secondary terrace will serve to transition from the wood deck to the big ...
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Laying Down a Cobblestone Driveway Apron
Bob joins Jay Seminara (of Seminara Construction), who is in the process of laying down a new cobblestone apron at the edge of the driveway.
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Structured Wiring Options
Bob and Tim Woods (of Internet Home Alliance) discuss the basics of structured wiring and connectivity in the basement of the Vermont farmhouse.
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Reviewing Satellite Dish Features and the Master Bedroom
Bob experiences the Panasonic Replay TV with the show-stopper feature and he tours the master bedroom suite, admiring the space, scope, and the view.
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Installing Custom Garage Doors
Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have...
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Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are insta...
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Tour of the Restored Victorian Front Porch and Garden
Bob takes a last look at the restored porch, its second-floor balustrade, polished-brass door fixtures, and the newly planted rose garden and boxwood bushes.
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Painting Shingles and Shutters, Landscaping, and Hardscaping
Contractors put the finishing touches on the front porch by adding new Yellow Pine shutters and a coat of Sherwin Williams latex paint to the exterior.
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Installing a Bluestone Floor
Bob discusses the bluestone floor being installed in the greenhouse.
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Exterior Shingles and Brick Walkway
Bob talks with contractor Bob Ryley about shingle exposure, brick surrounds for basement windows, and the design of a brick walkway.
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Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
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Constructing the Concrete Walkway
Bob and the contractor discuss the concrete walkway, with the contractor giving Bob tips on how to make concrete cure harder and have less cracks. Also discussed ...
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Wiring the Colonial Lantern Fixture
After taking stock of progress that's been made, Bob begins wiring a hanging light fixture for a special colonial lantern in the front hall.
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