Category Archives for "Outside"

Outside Yard Projects and Exterior Home

Are you ready to work on various exterior home and yard projects such as that wood privacy fence. We will be covering everything from the planning, to pricing and then construction. Don’t forget permits! You will need to call your local state “DO NOT DIG” or “One Call” telephone hotline before you put one shovel in […]

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The Right Wood Fence

The most common wood fence, at least in the middle Tennessee area, is the 6 ft. high dog-eared picket pressure treated wood fence. This fence is very easy to build and gives you privacy. Pick the fence you are looking for by picking the specific design to satisfy your needs. Do you want a dog-eared […]

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Lawn Sprinkler System – Is Mine In-Ground?

Question: How can you tell if you have an in-ground lawn sprinkler system? I recently purchased a house with a sprinkler system. The front and side yards all have pop-up sprinkler heads, but the back yard doesn’t have any. The control board for the system says there are 4 zones, but the 4th zone doesn’t […]

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Building A Wood Fence

Here, our son Rob and his neighbor are showing us how building a wood fence between their two properties went smoothly and was finished in just a few weekends. Like the deck, this was Rob’s first time building a fence. Before they dug the first hole, they called to have the utilites marked. Fortunately, all […]

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Basic Deck Building Instructions

These are basic instructions on deck building. Rather than overwhelm you with a fancy deck, let’s start with a basic square deck – say a 10ft X 12ft rectangle. Below is a drawing showing the basic structure and terms for your deck. Click on the picture to enlarge. Knowing how the pieces fit together goes […]

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What About a Gas Smoker?

If you like barbecue, you need to have a gas smoker. What is a smoker you say? It is a SLOW outdoor cooker. If you are in a hurry, go buy some ready made barbecue from the frozen food section in the grocery store. But if you want REALLY GOOD EATING keep reading. There are […]

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Rob’s Building a Shed Project

Here is Rob’s journey of building a shed for the first time. First, before Rob started he asked himself these questions! How much space do I need? How much room do I have? How much money can I afford to spend? Next, he found some plans close to what he wanted and modified them to […]

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Replacing Wood Fencing

I was visiting my friend, Jack, a while back with my dog, Max. Jack’s yard was fenced by wood fencing. However, three sides of Jack’s yard was enclosed with a nice privacy fence. But, the fourth side had a white picket fence. Really, it was gray not white and very rickety. Max could have easily […]

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