Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Home Improvement: More Than 150 Projects

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A home's yard and landscape, once considered purely ornamental or utilitarian, is now regarded as space where we can enjoy many activities important to life: relaxing in solitude or entertaining a crowds; enjoying a family meal or pursuing a leisurely personal hobby. No matter what your goals, The Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Home Improvement shows how to get the very most out of your outdoor home. It includes more than 150 complete projects; some aimed at creating beauty, others at improving the function of ...
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A home's yard and landscape, once considered purely ornamental or utilitarian, is now regarded as space where we can enjoy many activities important to life: relaxing in solitude or entertaining a crowds; enjoying a family meal or pursuing a leisurely personal hobby. No matter what your goals, The Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Home Improvement shows how to get the very most out of your outdoor home. It includes more than 150 complete projects; some aimed at creating beauty, others at improving the function of various spaces, but all dedicated to making your landscape more enjoyable for you and your family.
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Black & Decker's Complete Photo Guides are designed to be user friendly. Just as The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement and The Complete Guide to Home Repair shepherded renters and homeowners through the rigors of indoor work, The Complete Photo Guide to Outdoor Home Improvement provides step-by-step instructions for every kind of outdoor project. Whether you plan to work in wood, concrete, brick, stone, or roofing materials, this primer instructs you on techniques and possibilities. Utilizing 1,500 color photographs, the guide describes how to complete more than 200 projects, including: pathways; fences, walls and gates; patios; decks; porches and entries; sheds and outbuildings; and accessories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589230439
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Black and Decker Outdoor Home Series
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author


Creative Publishing international is a worldwide publisher of how-to books. The company's current retail offering includes over 300 titles on topics covering home improvement, home decorating, sewing, crafting, hunting & fishing, and photography. Over the past 15 years, CPi has developed high-quality photography step-by-step books with nationally recognized brand partners like Black & Decker and Singer.

The editors of Creative Publishing international have created dozens of best-selling titles in the fields of home repair, home improvement, home decor, and landscaping.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Planning 8
Building Materials 10
Lumber 10
Metals & Plastics 12
Manufactured Stone 13
Natural Stone 14
Concrete 15
Mortar 15
Estimating & Ordering Materials 16
Basic Tools 18
Power & Rental Tools 19
Masonry Tools 20
Fasteners & Hardware 21
Codes & Courtesies 22
Measuring 26
Challenges 27
Drawing Plans 28
Basic Techniques 30
Grading 32
Drainage Swale 34
Dry Well 36
Surface Preparation 38
Working with Concrete 40
Building Wood Forms 42
Mixing Concrete 44
Placing Concrete 45
Pouring Footings 48
Building with Brick 52
Working with Stone 56
Cutting Stone 58
Cutting & Soldering Copper 60
Pathways & Patios 62
Loose-fill Pathway 64
Stepping Stone Path 66
Flagstone Walkway 68
Concrete Walkway 70
Simulating Flagstone in Concrete 72
Simulating Brick Pavers in Concrete 73
Boardwalk 74
Garden Steps 76
Pre-cast Form Steps 80
Brick Paver Landing 82
Brick Paver Patio 84
Concrete Patio 86
Tiled Patio 88
Concrete Driveway 94
Pathway & Patio Ideas 98
Fences & Walls 100
Basic Techniques 102
Board & Stringer Fence 110
Panel Fence 113
Picket Fence 116
Post & Rail Fence 120
Vinyl Fence 124
Ornamental Metal Fence 128
Chain Link Fence 130
Brick & Cedar Fence 134
Brick Archway 138
Stone & Rail Fence 142
Cedar & Copper Fence 144
Framed Trellis Wall 148
Mortarless Block Wall 152
Mortared Block Wall 156
Dry Stone Wall 160
Mortared Stone Wall 164
Stone Moon Window 166
Glass Block Wall 170
Retaining Wall 174
Fence & Wall Ideas 176
Gates 178
Basic Gates 180
Gate with Stained Glass 184
Copper Gate 188
Arched Gate 192
Trellis Gate Combination 196
Gate Ideas 202
Decks 204
Anatomy of a Deck 206
Working with Building Officials 208
Basic Deck Building Techniques 210
Step-by-Step Overview 210
Attaching a Ledger 212
Locating Post Footings 215
Digging & Pouring Footings 218
Setting Posts 220
Installing Beams 222
Hanging Joists 226
Laying Decking 228
Alternative Decking Materials 230
Building Stairs 234
Installing Railings 238
High Rectangular Deck 242
Rectangular Deck 252
Inside Corner Deck 262
Wraparound Deck 272
Low-profile Deck 282
Decks (Continued) 290
Platform Deck 290
Framing for a Hot Tub 294
Deck Ideas 296
Porches 298
Planning & Designing Porches 300
Anatomy of a Porch 301
Building a Basic Porch 304
Step-by-Step Overview 304
Attaching Ledgers & Installing Posts 306
Installing Joists 310
Installing Porch Floors 312
Installing Beams & Trusses 314
Installing Sheathing & Fascia 318
Installing Step Flashing 320
Wrapping Posts & Beams 322
Finishing the Cornice & Gable 324
Installing Soffits & Ceilings 326
Building Railings 328
Building Wooden Porch Steps 330
Concrete Steps 334
Screening-in a Porch 338
Portico 342
Three-Season Porch 350
Porch Ideas 368
Sheds & Outbuildings 370
Choosing the Site 372
Working with Plans 373
Basic Construction Techniques 374
Anatomy of a Shed 374
Foundations 375
Wooden Skid Foundation 375
Concrete Slab Foundation 377
Framing 380
Floor Framing 380
Wall Framing 382
Roof Framing 386
Roofing 390
Fascia & Sheathing 390
Asphalt Shingles 393
Siding & Trim 395
Plywood Siding 395
Trim 396
Doors & Windows 397
Prehung Doors & Windows 397
Homemade Doors & Windows 399
Basic Shed 400
Lawn-tractor Garage 410
Lean-to Tool Bin 422
Sheds & Outbuildings (Continued) 430
Victorian Gazebo 430
Carport 444
Shed & Outbuilding Ideas 454
Outdoor Accessories 457
Children's Play Structure 458
Arbor 468
Raised Garden Bed 470
Fire Pit 472
Brick Barbecue 476
Cobblestone Fountain 480
Wash Tub Fountain 484
Garden Pond 488
Accessories Ideas 490
Conversion Charts 492
Resources & Contributors 496
Index 498
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