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spend more time outdoors with this chemical-free mosquito repellent

we tried this chemical-free flying insect trap to limit the number of irritating mosquito bites we endured. here's what we...

can this popular vinegar mixture really keep weeds out of patio cracks?

is vinegar really the natural weed killer that will take care of all your weed problems?

when is the best time to buy patio furniture?

who says you have to spend a fortune to create an outdoor oasis? here's the best time to buy patio...

what to consider when building a wrap-around deck

a wrap-around deck adds usable floor space and can increase the value of your house. it's a great project if...

8 interesting multi level deck designs

get inspired by these luxurious multi level decks with sweeping views and multiple seating areas.

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family handyman approved: blue sky ridge fire pit

there's no place i'd rather be on a warm summer night then relaxing with family and friends around a crackling...

we put this 30-second outdoor cleaner to the test

spoiler alert: it cleared up gross mildew and old stains off my plastic deck furniture in seconds — just like...

8 inspiring rooftop deck ideas

check out these rooftop deck ideas for a sky-high getaway that's sure to make you the envy of the neighborhood.

we tried the alfa nano pizza oven and it seriously upgraded our outdoor kitchen

we tested the nano portable pizza oven from alfa. stylish and sturdy, it bridges the gap between portable and built-in.

buyer’s guide to decking materials

deck foundations are usually made of wood, but you have choices when it comes to deck boards. here's a rundown...

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this amazing family handyman approved log splitter is all it’s cracked up to be and more!

take a swing at this clever, well-made and easy to use family handyman approved log splitter.

we tried this ryobi pressure washer and our patio has never looked so clean

this all-new ryobi electric pressure washer will spray away dirt and grime from almost any outdoor surface, and leave your...

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take your cookout on the road with this family handyman approved portable pellet grill

take your passion for cooking nearly anywhere with this family handyman approved portable pellet grill.

how to build 4 different styles of path lights

bollard posts are short, stout posts used around buildings or as roadway dividers. they resemble tree trunks, which are also...

10 tips for making your deck more functional

if you spend a lot of time out on your deck or patio, these tips are for you!

8 top composite decking brands you should know

trex may be the original composite decking, but it has lots of competition. choose the best composite decking for you...

father’s day gift ideas for the outdoor cook

this year, give your grilling-obsessed dad something you know he'll love with one of these outdoor cooking inspired father's day...

buyer’s guide to outdoor benches for your backyard

a properly placed outdoor bench evokes thoughts of pleasant days taking in the sights and sounds — even if you...

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how to clean your charcoal grill

the secret to a successful cookout is a clean grill. here's how to get your charcoal grill in tip top...

8 creative floating deck designs

if you want a deck without the hassle of digging and pouring deep footings, check out these great-looking floating deck...

3 types of patio doors

a great patio door is simple to use, enhances the overall style of your home and allows easy access to...

how to build custom composite benches

here's how to build maintenance-free seating out of framing lumber and composite decking.

how to build a composite boardwalk and accent walls

lead friends and family into your backyard with a beautiful, maintenance free boardwalk and accent walls that you can build...

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upgrade your backyard with gabion and stucco walls

give your backyard a new look with these two diy projects.

5 ways to turn your patio into a living room

the best outdoor spaces feel like an extension of the house. if you’re looking for extra living space, or just...

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homeowner’s guide to composite decking

composite decking has had more than 20 years to evolve. if you're considering it for your deck project, here's an...

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10 deck railing design ideas

give your home's exterior a facelift with these distinctive deck railing ideas from instagram.

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family handyman approved: snow joe cordless snow blower

clearing the driveway is a chore, but it’s one you'll actually look forward to with...

best gifts for outdoor lovers

our favorite seasoned adventurers recommend gift ideas big and small, including camp stoves, a jeweler's loupe and the best travel...