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Pool Safety Tips for Children

For much of the country, Memorial Day marks the start of outdoor summer fun, like backyard barbecues, beaches and parties. Unfortunately, this holiday also marks the riskiest time of year for pool drownings. Drowning is the leading cause of death to young children and can occur quickly, often...

Exterior Remodeling

When choosing building materials for their homes, many people are drawn to natural options, especially for exterior features that will be highly visible. The appeal of real wood is hard to dispute, but the downside is a painstaking maintenance routine to stave off the ravages of the elements,...

Fireworks Safety Tips

If you’re going to enjoy a celebration this summer, it's important to follow a few fireworks safety tips. Summer means picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also means an increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and...

Deck and Patio Repair

If your decking was installed with nails that are slowly coming loose, pounding them back in is only a temporary fix. The better solution is to remove the loose nails and replace them with deck screws. These are easily installed with an inexpensive attachment to your power drill and will ensure...

Deck Design Ideas for Safer Structures

Building a deck may seem like a rather simple home improvement project. But if you don’t build your deck correctly, it could become very dangerous. Here are five deck design ideas to make sure your deck is safe:

Deck Design: Multi-level decks can be very attractive, however keep in mind this...

Deck and Patio Planning and Building

This spring and summer, thousands of homeowners will perform the necessary maintenance for their wood decks. They'll strip, sand and stain their decking and railing to help revive the looks and preserve the structural integrity of the deck.
 
For Will Spivey, a homeowner in western North...

Get ideas for transforming your yard into an outdoor living area, with tips on building decks and patios, designing outdoor kitchens and outdoor theaters, and mosquito-proofing outdoor living areas. Find out how to maintain and repair porches and decks, and learn how to clean outdoor furniture.