How to Care for a Flagstone Patio

Adding a flagstone patio to your home will provide your household with a whole new living area and come in very handy when you want to entertain your friends or family. This type of backyard accent will boost the value of your home and at the same time provide an area for you and your … Read moreHow to Care for a Flagstone Patio

Build Your Own Outdoor Fireplace – Part 1

You sit in your backyard in a comfortable chair with your feet propped up on the flagstone seating of your own outdoor fireplace. The crackle of the burning wood and the kids trying to obtain the perfect roast on their marshmallows brings you back to your childhood at the campground. The flickering flame produces a warmth not allowing your feet to feel the chill of the evening. This can be a reality if you ever thought about building your very own outdoor fireplace. If you are a handy person and feel like you are capable of building it yourself, you could be enjoying your very own outdoor fireplace soon. Whether you’ve given a fireplace much thought or not, there are lots of decisions to be made. So many things need to be thought of so the following paragraphs will guide you through a few of the things that need to be addressed.

Where in your backyard do you want to construct your fireplace? Before you answer that question with certainty, step back and take a good look at your entire yard. By doing this you may eliminate many areas quickly for fire danger reasons. Think about which way the wind blows most of the time and imagine embers leaving your chimney in that direction. What is in the direct path? The biggest concern will be shrubs, grass, and trees that may be dry in different seasons. You probably don’t want the fireplace to be within 10-15 feet of a mature tree with lots of dry leaves still on it.

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Repurposing for the Garden

The garden is an appreciative recipient when repurposing many household items and always provides an abundance of ways to put unwanted items to good use. Plastic milk jugs can be turned into garden cloches, plastic and scrap lumber are also great for larger scale protection of garden rows during a frost. Pop bottles and milk … Read moreRepurposing for the Garden

5 Ways to Repurpose Doors

If you have an old door you are replacing, consider giving it another use. It is possible to repurpose doors into another item. Examples such as shelves, tables, ramps and dividers are discussed below. Repurposing and Recycling The concept behind recycling is basically to give an item a new life or use. Recycling cans, paper … Read more5 Ways to Repurpose Doors

Make Your Own Deck Planter Boxes

For those with limited garden space or even no space, deck planter boxes give green thumbs more options. For everyone else, planters bring flowers and herbs away from the far reaches of your backyard and up to where the action is, brightening decks with rich color and intoxicating aromas. It’s easy to find and cheap … Read moreMake Your Own Deck Planter Boxes

How to Build a Cinder Block or Concrete Block Retaining Wall

There was a time when cinder block retaining walls were all the rage. That was during post-war American building boom fifty years ago. Times have changed, and now these utilitarian walls more typically adorn commercial sites. Somewhere in between, the use of once-popular cinder block lost ground to the more contemporary “concrete block.” With the … Read moreHow to Build a Cinder Block or Concrete Block Retaining Wall

SANTA AND THE BIG KIDNAP

SANTA AND THE BIG KIDNAP. Now, I don’t want you to get the idea that Santa Claus was a drinker, but when I bumped into him in the pub last night he was pissed out of his mind. I’m Clark Hogwash, by the way, owner of the donkeys that ply their trade on Skegness Beach. … Read moreSANTA AND THE BIG KIDNAP

Getting Rid of Chipmunks that Damage Your Property-The Humorous Version

Most people think chipmunks are cute….me included.  There’s Chip and Dale and Alvin and his cohorts.  While they look adorable, they are also rodents and can do expensive damage to your home and property. I’ve lived in the country for almost 20 years and have always been comfortable watching chipmunks dart in and around my … Read moreGetting Rid of Chipmunks that Damage Your Property-The Humorous Version

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Getting rid of chipmunks can be a tiresome task. I have battled a few chipmunks in the past and so I have a few tricks to share that I think will help. Chipmunks are ground dwellers and exist in the entire lower 48 states. Chipmunks thrive in suburban areas as well as parks and empty … Read moreHow to Get Rid of Chipmunks

Top 10 Ways People Waste Water & How to Prevent It

The average person wastes up to 30 gallons of water every day. Learn about the top 10 ways in which people waste this valuable natural resource and how easy it is to stop wasting water. Water is one of the most important natural resources and wasting it is nothing short of a crime. According to … Read moreTop 10 Ways People Waste Water & How to Prevent It