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Family Handyman Reader Projects: Outdoor Spaces

We asked Family Handyman readers what kinds of projects they tackled during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The results were impressive. Here we take a look at 10 amazing outdoor projects readers completed during that time.

How to Pressure Wash a Deck

Bring new life to your aging deck for less than $300.


Create a Backyard Oasis

With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never...


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Outdoor Patio Tiles: 10 Best Ideas

Outdoor flooring should be durable, easy to maintain and, of course, stylish! We're sharing these outdoor tile ideas to inspire...


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Guide to Choosing the Best Outdoor Curtains

Create an intimate open-air space with outdoor curtains, a stylish solution for adding privacy and shade to your patio, pergola...

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What to Know About Plastic Decking and Tiles

Tired of refinishing your moldy old wooden deck? Plastic decking is easy to install, requires no finishing and is extremely...


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Porcelain vs. Ceramic Outdoor Tile: What’s the Difference?

Thinking of tiling your deck or patio? Let's compare your options, porcelain and ceramic, so you can make the best...

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What to Know About Outdoor Porcelain Tile

Give up the hassle of stone and concrete slabs. Find out why outdoor porcelain tile is the most durable and...


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How to Choose Composite Decking

Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of seven key issues, among them budget, sunlight, moisture, building codes...

How to Build a Gazebo

Build this airy summer hangout that features fish-scale shingles and decorative trim you make yourself.


How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.

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How to Build a Patio Chair

The ultimate easy chair: Easy to build, easy to tote, easy to set up and store.


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5 Ways to Clean Your Charcoal Grill

Keep your charcoal grill in top form by knowing a variety of ways to clean it.


How to Apply Behr Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish

Refinishing your deck doesn’t have to take several days if you use a product like Behr Premium® Transparent Quick Dry...


How to Buy Deck Lumber

10 things you need to know about how to buy the good stuff


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How to Calculate Trex Decking Cost for Your Project

Estimate Trex decking cost and decking cost per square foot. Compare Trex vs pressure-treated wood decks. Learn factors that increase...

How to Build an A-Frame Picnic Table

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Learn how to make a picnic table you can build...



How to Select the Best Trex Decking Colors for Your Outdoor Space

Tips and tricks on choosing the Trex decking colors that will best compliment your home.


How to Clean Trex Decking

You probably love your Trex decking because it's durable and low-maintenance. But you still have to clean it occasionally to...


How to Landscape Your New Deck

A deck is a convenient and comfortable place to spend time outdoors. Make it more welcoming with landscaping, that creates...


Building a Deck: What’s Involved

A quality deck starts with a sturdy, well-built frame. These are some of the key things to keep in mind...


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Hate Your Patio? Here are 5 DIY Ways to Make It Better

Sometimes it can be hard to enjoy a patio. Perhaps the patio itself needs some maintenance or it gets too...


How to Build a Screened In Patio

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How to Cover a Concrete Patio With Pavers

No need to tear out an ugly slab—just hide it!


Patio PVC Furniture

Where to find parts and plans for making DIY PVC furniture.


Renew Your Concrete Patio: How to Stain Concrete

Get a new look with stain in two days


Raising Patio Pavers

Remove and reset pavers with this easy four-step method.


Raised Patio Planter

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Our planter is tops for easy construction, sturdiness and convenience. Plus,...


How to Build an Outdoor Storage Bench

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At first glance, this bench may look like a complex project....