Anyone have an alternate for the glass top of a patio table?

I'd like to replace it with wood or tiles but have less than 1/4" clearance.

Asked by 8 years ago


My cement is cracking.. rather than patch can I put a layer of cement on top?

I would love to do a decorative finish on top but I am not sure how to

Asked by cdumire 8 years ago



How can I lay cobblestone type paving over a pre-existing concrete slab??

We have this ugly patio slab mid yard and thought to dress it and its ajoining pathways up with cobblestone style paving such as we saw in Spain. I'd use river rock or round stones from the home DIY stores but do I lay cement and set the stones in or some sort of outdoor thinset and grout? How should I prepare the slab surface (its plain old cement/concrete and too big to smash and remove)? Please advise.

Asked by Knitwitch 8 years ago



Logistical Concerns: Building a Garden on my Apartment Patio

Edit/Update: I AM BACK (for those of you that know me, which is no one, :( womp) and I have decided to do this. I have moved apartments and am now on a nice first floor apartment with a large patio. I am planning things out and going to do some math this week. I am just curious, is there anything like this out there? I know I've seen those hanging gardens where the water trickles down? That is only good enough to grow herbs/small plants etc. Anything else? Thanks for your time everyone. I found this website today, and I have to say that I am glad I did! I've literally spent hours scouring the guides and have this idea in mind. Even through the questions I pose here, I must always keep in mind, "Will it work?" So please keep that question in mind as well. I have a space on my apartment patio that is fairly large (I will get exact measurements at a later time). I will need an elevated garden (with a trough w/reservoir below to capture the water, I live on the second floor and I can't let it run down below). Considering I eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, I'm also thinking of a compost tumbler. First question, can I put almost anything in a compost tumbler that will break down, like fruits, vegetables, grass, leaves, et cetera,? Or does food waste and yard waste need to be separate? I live in Southern California, so my patio gets about 5-6 hours of direct sunlight. I've also been reading that compost bins need some humidity as well. I was thinking of using the reservoir under the garden to put in the compost tumbler from time to time? Would this be effective/necessary? Slugs might not be a problem because I'm on the second floor, but I'm thinking of keeping and Aloe plant out there and use the Aloe spray I saw in a guide. We do have squirrels, but are they attracted to Tomatoes, Cabbage, Basil, et cetera? If so, I will need to build some sort of cage that will keep them out. Is this practical, necessary, and ultimately effective? Thanks for your time ladies and gentlemen. If I do end up going through with this I will record the whole thing and put a guide up!

Posted by Neddaf 8 years ago


Building A Table

So I want to build me a table for my patio. I found one that I really like, but I have some questions about it. The table is in the pictures below. Its legs are made of hard-fired terra-cotta, its a chimney flue. I was wondering if the table top would be sturdy enough on it. Like if someone was leaning on one end of it would thje other end raise up. Does any one have any suggestion for a nice table similar to this one, or something else I could use for the legs?

Posted by 13mx 8 years ago



Patio table pocket holes

I have made the Patio table and I was debating whether or not to plug the pocket holes. I am concerned that I might have to tighten the screws over time so should not plug them but  if I do that I am worried about insects (spiders) nesting in the holes - any thoughts ?

Posted by Barrievans 1 year ago


How to make a patio rail garden?

I need to make an instructable on how to craft a box that can be hung on a rail of a patio. I live in a dorm on the third floor and that patio has this protection rail that would be great for said box. The goal here is to grow vegetables that can be harvested and used, or spices, or something that would be fun and help cut down on the costs of something else (Like vegies, i want vegies). I certain one of these already exists, so if some one can point me in the right direction, thatd be great, thanks.

Asked by Jumpin Jehosaphat 6 years ago


Where can I get pvc edging for ceramic tiles for my patio steps Answered

Am looking for pvc edging to use on my patio steps, which are exposed to weather elements.Anyone?

Asked by gldbrk 1 year ago


Patio Door lock?

Does anyone know what style of patio door lock this is?  https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-oinwyBKNIsM/T-ZqobLgrnI/AAAAAAAABiA/WcRRkQzOzvo/s831/IMG_20120623_191630.jpg https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-AK6eMRKrE_w/T-ZqvqGKpsI/AAAAAAAABiM/B70J1LERjvc/s831/IMG_20120623_191645.jpg Or where I could get an exact replacement.  There's nothing wrong with it.. I just want a second one to make a modified door jam so I can still lock my apartment, yet vent my AC without having to worry about anyone breaking in. anyway, any help is appreciated.  Thanks Alphonsus

Asked by Alphonsus 5 years ago



How can I fix my outdoor cement patio attempt?

I tried to create a cement patio for my backyard (kind of like this one: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-nice-cement-patio/ ) except it was an abysmal failure. I would like to try to just cover it up and make a flat surface/ So my question is: what kind of cement can I use to create a smooth surface on the patio area? The cement I purchased had a lot of little pebbles and what not so I can't use the same kind. Is there a pebble free cement that you recommend? I looked online and noticed that resurfacing is only good for so many mm, but I may have to do more than that, not sure. Also, there are "gaps" in between each cement tile, so I don't know if a resurfacer would be ideal to fill in those gaps. I appreciate any feedback and thank you ahead of time!

Asked by MiguelA11 2 years ago


Making cement patio for a miniature garden using only Portland Cement, could I just saturate it or do I need to mix it? Answered

I want to make a little cement and stone patio for a miniature garden with Portland Cement. Do I NEED to actively mix the cement with water to activate it or could I just use a spray bottle to spray it to the point of saturation? I would have 1/4"-1/2" of sand underneath and the cement would be at maximum 1" thick, though1/2" is more likely. I had watched some YouTube videos of diy cement planters that only used the Portland cement and water and I thought it would be good for miniature garden patios, pathways, etc.  Thanks for any help!

Asked by tseemann 11 months ago


can you help in cat-proofing a balcony? Answered

My sister is moving into a new apartment, and is bringing her two cats ,zap and kiff, along. the problem is, she wants to be able to let them out onto the patio of the new place, without worrying about them running away. the patio has a fence four feet high all the way around it, and the upstairs tenants have a balcony above, so our original plan was to screen it in and make a screened in patio. unfortunately, the managers of the complex say that all of the patios must be the same, and screening it in would create a large aesthetic difference between the apartments. does anyone have any ideas about how to keep the cats from jumping over the fence without changing the look of the apartment?

Asked by cyc4015 9 years ago


how can I repair my patio chair bottoms?

The bottom of the chairs have a fastener on them that I don't think I can replace. I have thought about another screw and bolt to hold the bar together after I replace the material on the seat itself. Any ideas?

Asked by Hamlin12 8 years ago


How do I build a roof over my deck? Answered

I would like it to be up to code, able to withstand harsh winds and heavy snow, and still look good on the house. I also thought it would be nice to have a ceiling fan underneath possibly?

Asked by falks79 8 years ago


What gases are producded while maing charcloth?

I wish to make charcloth on my single burner propane stove using a tin can on my patio. My question is....will the gases be of a dense smoky nature so that everyone is calling 911? Or are they going to be of an inconspicuous nature..like water vapor so I can carry out the process in my patio without bothering neighbours?

Asked by eagles_dare13 6 years ago


slipcover for a resin chair?

Has anyone made/designed a template to make good looking covers for inexpensive resin chairs?

Asked by caudelin 8 years ago


Tips on storing bikes?

I'm trying to get my patio back. desperately. The problem is, we have threee bikes that take up about 1/3 of our patio space, and we're trying to find a way to reduce the footprint of the bikes, without disassembling them, since one of them is my primary mode of transport, at least one of them has to be accessible at all times. we considered hanging them, but out appartment complex is kinda uptight. anybody have any tips?

Asked by cyc4015 8 years ago


"tent" to be placed over an outdoor dog bed

My dog's bed is on our patio.  If it rains outside and is windy, the bedding can get wet.  is there a man made tent to be placed over the bed for it to stay dry?

Asked by woodlsc 8 years ago


How can i start a garden in a small place?

I live in an apartment but I would like to grow my own tomatoes. We have a small patio area. Is it possible? Where do I start?

Asked by 8 years ago


Repotting flower plants

I tried repotting flowers from one pot to another but they die.  I am doing something wrong. How can I repot flower plants from one pot to another.  What soils and other items do I need and is there a certain size flower pot I have to repot them in or does it depend on how big I want the flower to grow.  I want to put these flower(s) plants on my patio.  Sometimes during the day my patio has a lot of sun and other times it does not.  What is the best flower plant(s) for this. What is the best way to take care of a repotted flower plant.

Posted by arev519 7 years ago


Google Burns Down, Twitter Knows First!

A blaze broke out at Google's British headquarters today, when a rooftop barbecue got out of control.The blaze broke out on the roof patio of the company's London offices at lunchtime, the fire brigade said.Around 5,000 Google staff and employees from other firms based in the six-floor building were evacuated.Within minutes nearby workers had posted pictures of the blaze on the social networking website Twitter.A spokesman from Google said: 'We have free food for staff at our offices and today was a barbecue day. We were having a barbecue on the patio where the fire started, but we're waiting to hear from the firefighters whether the two are linked.'Daily mail article.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


How can I keep the female dog pee spots next to my patio from turning to mud this spring? Add lye, lime or baking soda?

My female dog pees in several spots just off the patio,and the grass has died. Now it is turning to mud since she runs thru those spots with her large paws. In the wet spring this will turn into a mud pit on the way in and out. Is there any thing I can add to her pee spots to make it fertile for the grass instead of a killer? Must be high urea content in the pee. Will pouring some lime or baking soda help? She is a 50 pound pit who loves to run in grass or mud. This must be a common problem. I seem to be constantly blocking off & reseeding sections.

Asked by 9 years ago



Greetings. Seeking any advice on a food safe adhesive for pebbles.... Answered

Recently built a pebble patio under my orgainically maintained apple tree d/t area always muddy from lack of sun. I need to spray the pebbles with some sort of  adhesive to maintain the pebble's integrity.  Any homemade suggestions or store- bought would be happily embraced. 

Asked by aconitine 5 years ago


How can I cheaply replace the sling on a outside chaise lounge (2 pieces)?

I have a chaise lounge that had its sling badly torn.  Custom made replacement slings on the internet run from about $75 to $90 (plus shipping).  Is there a way to make a replacement sling at home and save a little cash? Thanx 

Asked by wbaumgardner 6 years ago


Add LED strips to outdoor walls? Answered

I would like to add LED light strips to retaining walls around our pool/patio area to replace these solar powered lights that last maybe 2 years. I have used silicone to attach the existing solar lights to the walls. I have 120 AC outlets in the area and can add more if needed for the LEDs power supplies.

Asked by Herk FE 1 year ago


Is it possible to create a solar powered personal umbrella?

I see lots of patio umbrellas but no personal umbrellas.  There are MANY people who use umbrellas to block the sun.  It would be neat if you could create the umbrellas and then detattachable accessories like small fans, MP3 rechargers, simple air purifiers (with mask attachments for the paranoid...) etc.

Asked by TomatoDanger 8 years ago


how do i safely swap computer power supplys ?

gonna be doing it outside on a plastic patio table. how can i ground the system and myself so i don't get bitten ? then, what are the proper steps to swap it out ? thanks. i pretty much narrowed it down to something in the power supply after the last question, so thank you all for the help

Asked by redwoodschef 7 years ago


What veggies grow well in very little light? Answered

I am moving into an appartment with a decent sized patio, where hanging plants would be spectacular, if it weren't for the fact that we are on the bottom floor, and facing north. there is almost no light throughout the day. Does anyone know any fruits or veggies, or heck, even herbs, that grow in next to no light?

Asked by cyc4015 9 years ago


How do I anchor a handrail into old concrete?

Cement is an ingredient of concrete. I'm trying to put a small grab-rail onto my Mom's front patio, which has concrete aggregate rocks of about 0.5cm-2.5cm. It's classic, old concrete slabs. IT IS NOT PURE CEMENT. My question is: What's the best way to anchor, say, a handrail, into it. It appears to be fragile. Thanks.  

Asked by erik.gelhar 3 years ago


Trash-Burning Car, Giant Bristlebot, 25 Cent Ring

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Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Timber! How can I use large (green) logs to make some simple stools? Answered

I moved to a house in the woods, mostly pine, and a lot of it needs to come down because it was planted too close together, and also to open up the tree canopy so more light can come into the forest so more of the native plants can grow up and shield my home from view. Since tree cutters will be here for 3 - 4 days with big tools (no jokes please) what should I ask them for - for example "Could you please cut me a few 20" tall logs I can use as stools on the patio?" How then do I work with this green wood and actually make stools? I was thinking I would strip the bark, put wood glue on the ends to seal the grain so it won't split, and then....? I could use a few end tables for next to the beds or couches as well as some stools for the patio.

Asked by Ninzerbean 5 years ago


Ideas to reuse wooden bed foundation?

Hello all, I have a wooden bed foundation and I do not want to discard it. I am looking for ideas to reuse it by converting the wood in the foundation to something usable - like small patio tea table, garden shelf etc, anything small and functional for me. Attached in an e,g. of how the foundation looks like.  Would appreciate any DIY projects, instruction, pointers to reuse it. Thanks. 

Posted by PrasannaS 2 years ago


I want to build a kitchen warm-up water diverter, but I don't know how.

I want to divert the initial cold water when I run my kitchen faucet (to get hot water for dishes, etc.) through a pipe or hose through the kitchen window outside into a rain barrel, and to be able to route that water out to the birdbath to fill it in the winter from indoors, or to water the yard in the warm months. The faucet is way higher than the patio outside, and the patio is maybe 6" - 10" higher than the birdbath so I'm thinking gravity will do it. But I don't have the know-how to construct such a system. It would have to include somehow sealing around the hose leading through the window, as we have cold winters. Therefore I would probably have to address the water freezing and plugging the hose outside.There is an electrical outlet on the outside of the house so I think I could wrap a warming blanket around the hose if necessary. Any suggestions? I have limited tools and skill, but a lot of time and patience. :)

Asked by threeoutside 2 months ago


would anyone here know how to make some cool looking coloured patio lights for really cheap?

I was thinking of converting a string of clear x-mas lights, and maybe using recycled plastic pop bottles for shades. They make some half sized pop bottles that look like they would work perfectly. I'm not sure how they could be painted/coloured though. Maybe just brushed onto the inside of a clear plastic bottle ? anyone tried this ?

Asked by johnny q 8 years ago


Protecting wood from heat from fire ? Answered

Hi all, I have been thinking of trying to set a small fire pit into a patio table. Its a fairly solid low "coffee table" type outdoor table so is capable of holding the weight, but im not sure if I can just cast a fire cement bowl to hold the wood/charcoal and set it into the table or would it eventually catch fire through heat transfer. Thanks in advance for any replies. 

Asked by Squibo 3 years ago



Patchwork fabric paving concept.

On Freshome, via NOTCOT; Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided the streets of Paris were too gloomy and needed a little fresh touch. With these in mind she came up with the concept of decorating the potholes of the city using colorful strips of fabric. These were placed randomly in shallow breaks and cracks, creating a fun and colorful change in the landscape. The artist’s visual intervention brings a happy touch to the gray streets of Paris and creates a fun and appealing contrast with the dark cement. But what if we were to take this idea further? If you like how this photos look, perhaps you could use them as a source of inspiration when it comes to patching up your own courtyard, patio and so on. Sounds practical? So, how could it be made (reasonably) practical? Maybe a pourable clear or translucent resin?  What do you think?

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Need 110 AC to 12v converter help?

Am trying to put a boat radio on my patio, plugging into house current.  The radio uses a 10amp fuse.  All $5 converters I find on the net are for cell phone chargers and the like.  I don't think they have the power I need.  Have seen something about using an old PC power supply, but I'm not sure it will stand up to the weather, even though it will be in a box, and I don't know how to determine which outputs would be 12 volts.  Anything I have found is WAY over budget...I'm trying to find something for less than $25.  Am I on fools errand?  Are there options I don't know I have?  Any help is most welcome! ***REVISION***  I should qualify....the radio is actually an AM/FM CD radio, not VHF or Ham.  Sorry for the confusion. 

Asked by craigo 4 years ago



Timer for solar LED dusk/dawn light

I needed a solar recharged, LED light that came on at night. I purchased a small LED light (rather bright with 6 LEDs) that has a solar cell, photo eye and 3 AA size rechargeable batteries. Made to clip on the patio umbrella, it is ssmall and light. The solar cell and photo eye are on one piece. The LEDs, batteries and circuts are on another piece. the two pieces are joined by a wire and are hinged together, allowing the unit to clip on the edge of the umbrella. I plan on removing the hinge and extending the wire to allow a two foot separation. I need to add a timer to this. Something that will turn off the light about 4 to 5 hours after it comes on. I assume it will be something that starts when the LEDs are powered up. Though I guess it may be something that is also triggered by an additional photoeye. Or maybe someone has a better idea? thanks

Posted by jnlvngstn 10 years ago


Ice Rink Leveling?

Looking for anyone's practical experience here. I have made backyard rink last 3-4 yr, now upgrade to Nice Rink liner. Holding water never a problem, many in Northeast last yr had limited time due to warm winter. My rink is triangle shape with legs 20x30. Slope on one side  goes from 1" to 7" or so, average ice thickness is 3-4". Part of rink over brick patio block. Use wood 2x6-2x10 borders. Was thinking of putting hay/straw under liner in the deep sections to reduce volume/depth so I can freeze solid and not have water layer under the ice. Or do you think the trapped air (under liner) will warm and work against this. I would think enough straw would not fully compress and help reduce water level, but then interface between liner and actual ground will have a lot of air space. Got a few months to think on this, my season is late Dec-mid Feb.

Asked by ptsmitty 5 years ago


Solar powered led problem? Answered

I have an issue with my solar powered lights. I have this solar panel... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001D6GYLO/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and a radio shack 12v 5ah battery. The leds arent even pulling 1amp and I have only used them 2 or 3 times. The solar panel claims to have discharge and overcharge protection but after not using them for about 2 weeks the battery is reading only 6-7 volts....I tested the panel in the sunlight and it read about 18v output... I have the polarity correct and the panel is hooked directly to the battery and from the battery it is hooked directly to the lights with a switch. Now maybe that is my problem? Im not sure. Most projects I see have a charge controller in between but they have higher watts..so idk. Would really like some insight into my issue if I have one besides maybe the panel being bad. These are my lights.... https://www.instructables.com/id/Patron-led-hanging-patio-lights/

Asked by ARGMISTER 4 years ago


Outdoor water fountain...how to silence homemade pump

Hi Guys, I love this website. I've been living in Egypt and can't really do all the hobbies that I love. We recently moved and I have a little patio area. So I wanted to build a waterfall. It's 10 feet high and I didn't realize it would be such a futile task trying to find a water pump that will pump that high. So I decided to make one. I attached some images showing the centrifugal pump made from two plastic containers, a water bottle, plastic coat hanger, and construction adhesive that is driven by a drill. It works really well. It gets up to the twelve feet I currently have the hose running up to. But in order to do this, the drill has to be almost full speed which is obnoxiously loud.  I'm looking for some ideas on either how to silence the drill motor, or go a different route. I have to rebuild the shaft as I snapped the plastic rod (hanger) I was using, so I'm open to some rebuild ideas. Thanks so much for the input! I'll post a tutorial once I get a fully functional, stable, and practical prototype.

Posted by senica 5 years ago


Gigantic Scrabble

Scrabble is an obsession and I can completely understand why a couple would show so much love for the game that they would make an absolutely huge waterproof version for their backyard. Yup, it's lawn Scrabble and there's nothing wrong with that.He fashioned the board from pavers laid in a bed of sand — 225 of them, to be exact. He installed them all in one day and had the back pain to prove it.Jane Crane painted the bonus square in the proper colors and made letter tiles from craft-store wood plaques. She took apart shelves and reconfigured the pieces to make tile racks, and pavers and tiles were sealed to prevent water damage.Now Scrabble games at the Crane house are a physical as well as mental pursuit. The players have to get out of their seats to place their tiles on the board and pick new ones from the selection spread out face down in the grass.They haven't faced many challenges, other than having to light patio torches when darkness falls or dealing with the few times their dog, Maggie, has run across the game board. If it rains, they just take the game inside — on a regulation Scrabble board, that is.But you know, Jane Crane said, it's not as much fun. Link via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago