Sealing your driveway

Important: Prep the driveway:
Clean with a hose and cleaner,
Degrease any oil spots, fill cracks, pull any weeds or grass.
Sweep away any pebbles

Use the Henry 532 asphalt resurfacer. This product has a 7 year warranty. The rubberized gel formula goes on easy and you only need one coat.

You want the temperature to be above 50 degrees. You don’t want rain in the forecast for 48 hours and you don’t want to drive on the product for 48 hours. Begin early in the day to give it time to dry

Hose down the driveway with a good cleaner and pull any weeds. Fill all large cracks with a crack sealer. Fill any holes with a pothole patch. Let any patches fully cure before you apply the sealer.

With the Henry 532, use the brush side of a driveway applicator to work the sealer into 4 foot by 4 foot sections. Work in 2 directions to get the product into any cracks and pits in the driveway. Apply one thin coat.

Blacktop Crack Repair

Do you need driveway repairs? In need of blacktop crack repair? Repairing those cracks can be done easily in just a few simple steps. The best type of product to use for this type of project is Asphalt Repair material that resembles simple caulk. After you have your cracks good and cleaned out with a broom, the blacktop repair material is easy to use.

Tip: After the asphalt repair material has been applied, use a small stick to spread the sealant and smear it on both sides so that it bonds well to the blacktop.

Tip: Use small pebbles that you find in your driveway to insert into larger cracks. Simply press into the repair material and fill in around the edges of the pebbles so that they are inserted securely.

Tip: You can also use sand from your driveway to sprinkle over the wet repair material which will prevent tracking and also help disguise the crack even more.

How To Build A Doghouse

Building a dog house is a great way to provide an outdoor shelter for man’s best friend. This informative DIY dog house tutorial will help you build a great structure for your dog to help protect him from the elements, keep him warm, and keep him safe. Not only does this dog house have well-insulated wall panels, but the roof is also covered with roofing shingles to prevent leaks. This dog house project can easily be finished in one afternoon, for a fraction of the cost of buying one.

Tip: Don’t use pressure treated wood for the inside flooring of the dog house, chemicals used to treat the wood are not good for your pets to walk on. Pressure treated wood should only be used where it might come in direct contact with moisture.

Tip: Make sure any insulation used is completely enclosed by plywood to prevent your pet from chewing on it.

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How to Build a Screened In Porch

A DIY screened in porch is a great way to transform your existing porch into a mosquito-free space to enjoy during the warmer weather. No matter what the shape or design of your existing porch, with just a few simple steps, it is easy to choose a cost-effective solution that can be done by your average do-it-yourselfer.

This DIY video shows examples of both how to attach screening with staples and enclosing the edges with strips of wood, as well as how to create removable screen frames for larger spaces.

Gutter Guard Installation

Gutter guards are a great way to make sure that your gutters are kept free of leaves and debris – this inexpensive solution that will save you time and money while protecting your home from damage. Clogged gutters is the main cause of gutter failure, which can lead to serious problems such as basement flooding.

First, you will want to make sure your gutters are clear. While using heavy gloves, make sure all debris is removed from your gutters.

Tip: Safety first! Use a latter rather than chancing your footing by standing on your roof!

Gutter Guards are made from materials that won’t rust (such as vinyl) and are easily cut with shears. Installing the guards is easy; simply snap them into place into place.

Tip: For outside corners, you can cut miter cuts with your speed square and then cut with your shears. For inside corners, you do not want a mitered seam – run your gutter guard to the inside edge of the gutter, and then butt up the edges so that there is no seam in the corner.

Make a Wine Rack from a Pallet

This is a great wall mounted wine rack with glass storage that you can customize any way you like. Repurposing wooden pallets for home projects such as wine racks is a great way to make easy DIY projects. This video is a simple how to make a wine rack from a pallet tutorial to help you make yours.

How to Make Concrete Leaves

Add beautiful decor to your garden with these large concrete leaves to decorate your garden or fountain.

Directions:
1. You will need a table at a comfortable working level. You can build a temporary table out of sawhorses and a piece of plywood. Be sure to set it up in the shade, in order to prevent the concrete from drying out too much in the sun. Choose a leaf with nice vein patterns in the size you want. You can use a small leaf or a huge leaf – It’s up to you. On your table, build a sand mound about the size and shape of the leaf you’ve chosen.
2. Cover the sand with thin plastic to keep the sand out of your work.
3. Cut chicken wire the approximate shape and size of your leaf.
4. Lay the chosen leaf face down (back side of leaf should be up)
5. Put a fairly thin layer of concrete on the leaf. Then fit a precut piece of chicken wire to the back of the leaf.
6. Put another thin layer of concrete on and finish the edges. Cover with plastic and allow to cure slowly. If the concrete dries too quickly, it may crack or be less strong. If it is very hot outside, you can mist the concrete before covering it with plastic.
7. When cured, peal leaf off concrete – and it’s done!

Building a Quickrete Walkway

More Information: http://www.quikrete.com/athome/walkmaker.asp

This video shows you step-by-step instructions for how to build a cobblestone patterned walkway using QUIKRETE® Walkmaker.

Building a path is a great do-it-yourself project. Once you’ve laid out the path, you mix the concrete, set and fill the form, then lift off the form to reveal the finished design. After a little troweling to smooth the surfaces, you’re ready to create the next section-using the same form. Rotate the walkmaker to vary the patern.Simply repeat the process until the path is complete. Each form creates a section that’s approximately 2-ft. sq. using one 80-lb. bag of premixed concrete. This project shows you all the basic steps for making any length of pathway, plus special techniques for making curves, adding a custom finish, or coloring the concrete to suit your personal design.

How to Build a Fence

The wood materials that make up a fence include pickets, rails, and posts.

  • Pickets are the vertical boards that make up the finished surface of a fence. They are typically 1/2″ – 1″ thick, by 4″ – 6″ wide.
  • Rails are the horizontal members to which the pickets are fastened. They are commonly 2″ thick by 3″ – 4″ wide.
  • Posts, which are partially buried underground, are the vertical structural members that support the rails and pickets of a fence. They are typically 4″ – 6″ thick by 4″ – 6″ wide.

Stick building a wood fence offers the opportunity to be creative; however, it should be noted that several traditional styles of fence are well received by neighbors. Different types of fences:

  • Picket fences will generally have two rails, with evenly spaced pickets on one side of the fence. They range in height from 3′ to 4′.
  • Shadowbox fences will have three rails, with evenly spaced pickets on two sides of the fence. Shadowbox fences feature a picket on one side placed alternately to a picket on the opposing side. They are typically 6′ tall.
  • Board on board fences (see image above) have two or three rails, depending on the height of the fence. Pickets are butted tightly together on one side of the fence. They typically range in height from 3′ to 6′.