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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

  • 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

     
  • What's Hot for Outdoor Recreation

    Water elements such as pools and waterfalls, and spa features like hot tubs, whirlpools, and saunas are the two most popular types of outdoor recreation features identified in a survey conducted this spring by the American Society of Landscape Architects and reported in Builder magazine.

     
  • Is This Pickup Worth $300,000?

    Lots of builders would be tickled to death to own a brand-new, top-of-the-line pickup truck. But when brand new isn't good enough, you might turn to Jonathan Ward and plunk down a couple of hundred thousand bucks for this Icon pickup. It sort of looks like a 2007 Dodge Ram, but that's only the...

     
  • Think Twice About Discounts

    Discounts may look like a good way to win new customers, especially when times get tough. But as this installment of "Do the Math" explains, giving a discount may be the same as giving away your profit; plus it removes any safety margin against losing money if something goes wrong.

     
  • Trouble From Angie's List

    A promotion for a roof inspection and minor repairs advertised on Angie's List turned into a nightmare for one home-improvement company. Could the company be forced into replacing an entire roof for $99? Mike Damora explains the downside of dealing with this Internet referral and rating service. Be...

     
  • 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