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  1. DebbieG

    How to end subway tile at window without using bullnose

    Hi all, I'm remodeling a kitchen and will be installing a subway tile backsplash and would love some opinions. There is a window above the sink that I need to tile around. Since this is being done on a tight budget and we already splurged on a granite countertop, I need to keep this cheap...
  2. DebbieG

    Need a breatheable stain to change color of Quikwall used to cover cinderblock. Help!

    Hi all, I am going crazy trying to find a way to change the color of the Quikwall product that I used to cover the cinderblock foundation to our patio. I had tried to match the stamped concrete slab on top but it turned out a little to orange so I want to darken it to a dark brown or grey...
  3. DebbieG

    Sealing,painting lumber in cold weather

    Hi all, I need some advice. I have a separate post where I've been getting some advice about building a Pergola on a raised stamped concrete patio we had poured this summer. Problem is, now that I have most of that figured out, I'm concerned about painting in this weather. I plan to use...
  4. DebbieG

    Attaching Covered Pergola to raised Concrete Patio

    I want to build a 14'x12" Freestanding Pergola on a raised concrete patio outside a doorwall. I plan to put a polycarb clear roof on it to protect the furniture underneath from rain…..all adding to the wind resistance. (the slab sits on top of cinderblock foundation) There are so different...
  5. DebbieG

    Best product for clear Pergola roof? Lexan,Polycarbonate,FPR Panels?

    Hi all!, Im about to start building a patio for the upper part of this patio (see photo) and want to put on some type of clear roof to keep the rain off of the patio furniture but still allow all of the light thru. Looking for a low cost solution that will not yellow. It will also need to...
  6. DebbieG

    Staining cinderblock sides of raised concrete slab patio

    Hi all...Need a professional opinion....I recently had sagging slab removed from existing raised concrete patio built on cinderblock. (See attached photos)..It was replaced w/a colored/stamped concrete slab. The top course of cinderblocks was replaced but the lower old ones were left in place to...
  7. DebbieG

    Help with drainage area between new patio slab and driveway.

    Need some professional advice. We just had a new stamped concrete patio poured. The raised part had already been there & the slab was replaced, but the lower part is new (SEE PHOTO). After discussing water drainage concerns with contractor about having that much concrete near the foundation of...
  8. DebbieG

    Drainage concern for area between concrete patio & driveway.

    Need some professional advice. We just had a new stamped concrete patio poured. The raised part had already been there & the slab was replaced, but the lower part is new (SEE PHOTO). After discussing water drainage concerns with contractor about having that much concrete near the foundation of...
  9. DebbieG

    Patio replacement decision- Raised brick w/slab, stamped concrete, or pavers?

    Hi all. I will be replacing a patio for my mother. Right now, she has a raised brick patio with a concrete slab (about 3ft high and its 10x12) attached to back of house w/doorwall leading out. Its in bad shape, leans toward house and we are afraid it was built without properly sealing a...
  10. DebbieG

    Coonverting a lamp into a ceiling fixture.

    Hi, I found the perfect lighting for a room I'm making over......only problem....it's a lamp. I can just convert it by splicing the wire right? I don't have it yet, but it has a good solid square base that I am going to have to drill a hole through to attach it to the ceiling. I should...
  11. DebbieG

    Need advice on a material to use for outdoors that is breathable yet private.

    Hello. I am building a privacy wall for an outdoor patio (uncovered), out of the framing from 2 folding privacy screens attached to flower boxes for stability. I can't figure out what to replace the rice paper that was on them with that would allow the wind to still get through, yet provide...
  12. DebbieG

    Need Advice on Filling low spot on Concrete Slab patio.

    Hi, I have a raised brick patio with a concrete slab outside of a doorwall in my backyard. It is sagging outside the doorwall and slopes so that water pools outside of the door when it rains. I have recieved a couple of estimates on replacing it or repairing it, but they are not in the...
  13. DebbieG

    cheap floor covering for a basement

    I am looking for the cheapest way to cover an asbestos tile floor in a basement and carpet (even the indoor/outdoor stuff) is expensive. What is the cheapest material per square foot that I could use. I am open to unconventional materials and need to get it done fast!
  14. DebbieG

    Need cheap alternative to staple up ceiling for basment

    Help! I am remodeling a house to flip, and the budget is extremely tight. I need to put a ceiling in the basement, it already has the wood strips in place for a staple up ceiling, which is what I pulled out of it, but it costs more than I want to spend to much replace it. Anyone have any crazy...
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