Installing Pavers

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years


Hardscaping Articles

  • Hanley Wood Offers Virtual Home Tour

    PDB publisher Hanley Wood has launched Home for Life 2014, a virtual home tour that offers remodeling suggestions for adapting a house to the needs of older residents. The online tour features before and after photos for projects involving kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom and outdoor living areas.

  • Gas Cans That Actually Dispense Gas

    Thanks to a 2009 government edict, gas cans don't leak as much. But they sure can be a pain in the neck to use. In this Tools of the Trade review, Greg DiBernardo reviews four gas cans that meet current requirement and are still easy to use.

  • Learn More About Treated Wood

    Arch Wood Protection has launched an educational program on treated wood. "Wolmanized Wood University" features videos and printed and online material showing how treated lumber is made, and how it should be used. It includes a number of segments on decks, targeted at professional deck builders.

  • Help With Installing Trex RainEscape

    If you've been wondering how to install Trex RainEscape when you've blocked out a post at the rim joist, you're in luck: A 4-minute YouTube video explains how to use caulk and butyl tape to get a leak-free installation at this hard-to-detail spot.

  • How to Install a Vinyl Fence

    CertainTeed details the installation of a white Bufftech vinyl fence in this short "webisode," part of the company's Home Makeover Video Contest series. The contest-winning family of Mentor, Ohio, worked with a local CertainTeed fence contractor to select the most appropriate design for their...

  • Take Advantage of Early-Pay Discounts

    The 2% discount offered by suppliers for paying invoices within 10 days may not seem like a big deal, but over time it really adds up. In this edition of Do The Math, Hanley Wood Editorial Director Sal Alfano explains how to do your bottom line a favor.

  • A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country

    A steel moment frame and plenty of lateral reinforcement were the keys to resisting seismic forces

  • Azek Standard and Resurfacing Pavers

    New versions offer more design possibilities

  • Buzon Adjustable Screwjack Pedestals

    Made from 80% recycled polypropylene, these pedestals are designed to support decks, terraces, and other surfaces

  • Composite Decking Maintenance

    Regular cleaning and sealing will keep composite decking looking like new

  • Safety Is Not a Casual Thing

    If you sometimes feel that on-the-job accidents are what happen to other people, watching this video might change your mind.

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    Building a Curved Portico

    Asked to build a semi-circular roof over a front porch and don't know how? Don't sweat it. Mike Sloggatt has worked out the details. Here's a hint: A full-size drawing and cutting board are a big help.

  • Mobile App From TimberTech

    TimberTech is offering a mobile app that allows builders to show homeowners what their new deck will look like in a variety of color combinations. Selections can be saved and tagged with keywords for easy retrieval later.

  • Concrete Curbs for Fascia

    Pouring a concrete curb under the fascia protects it from water and weed whackers

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    Edgetite Paver-Edging Spikes

    The angled tip gives the spike more holding power against frost movement