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Indoor couch to outdoor dog couch

I own this small black couch from IKEA. Primary user is my Alaskan Malamute (obligatory pic), who staked his claim on it many moons ago - it's a dog couch now. I'd like to make this couch available to him when he's in the backyard while I'm at work. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me With the Stench of Death Under My Deck

So, something has died (or more likely been killed by one of the many neighborhood cats) under my deck and the smell is pretty awful. I know nature will take its course (probably somewhat quickly as it's summer in North Carolina and thus ludicrously hot and humid) but is there anything I can do to counteract the smell? [more inside]
posted by thivaia on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

The Great Outdoors: Furniture Edition

Never-ending winter be damned! I want to think about outdoor furniture, but I'm basically clueless. What holds up well? Dining set-up or lounge? Specific recommendations appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Mar 23, 2014 - 10 answers

How do you keep your deck from pooling water?

The wood on my deck is too tight, so water isn't draining. This = icy danger and a messy entryway. How have you dealt with this? I don't want to drill drainage holes if i don't have to. Thanks!
posted by smelvis on Dec 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there anything out there like a small pre-made deck I can buy?

Basically I have a very tiny tiny yard behind my place. It gets no sun and there's green carpet there now. One of my thoughts was to make a little 3x3 or so deck to put a couple of chairs on it. But rather than have someone build it, I was wondering if there's anything like a little pre-made, pre-treated deck - like shipping pallets or something only not awful - that anyone sells. It'll save me sawing off a finger or hiring a handyman or filling out permits. And I'd rather not do way too much for something so little.
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

We know nothing about screened-in porches except that we want one. Help?

Mr. DrGail and I want to devote some of our huge wood deck to a screened-in porch. We've met with a few contractors and the cost is within our price range but there are so many possible variations that we're overwhelmed. So, MeFites who have, have had, or even just know something about screened-in porches, please enlighten us: what are the design features you love, hate, or wish you'd done for your own screened-in porch. All thoughts and suggestions are welcome! The particulars: We live in the Chicago area so we have cold and snowy winters. The current deck is 20x24, about 3 feet off the ground, has two stairways to the backyard, and is accessed from the family room. The dog crosses the deck to access the backyard for his business as well as generalized squirrel chasing and other mayhem.
posted by DrGail on Sep 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Can I make Fire + Wood Deck = Safe?

We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 16, 2013 - 11 answers

3 season vs 4 season?

We're looking at adding to our crappy 1980s colonial a room off the kitchen where the sliders are. We have a large deck back there and could keep part of the deck while adding a 3 season (or patio room) off the back. Our house faces east with the rear of the house getting the sun in the afternoon - but only for a little bit since we have a hill directly behind the deck. I'm wondering what others have done? We are torn between making it a 4 season room simply to be able to use in the winter. However I like the openess of a 3 season room and really want to avoid in our area having the 4 season room count against us in property assessment. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Jul 7, 2013 - 7 answers

When is the best time to hire a certain kind of contractor?

Is there a financially advantageous way to hire a contractor based on the season? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on May 5, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I build a shed under my deck?

I want to enclose underneath my deck but need to deal with frost pushing up on the walls. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Apr 13, 2013 - 4 answers

How bad is "Blue Bird" tweetdeck?

I'm trying to figure out what Twitter client I want for Mac OS. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jan 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Is this deck frame salvageable?

This deck needs help (See here!) This deck was very neglected for a long while, and there are some boards rotting away or bending up, etc. The top boards all need to be replaced, that is a no brainer. The real question is about the frame. A few friends have suggested to just replace the top boards, and then sand/weatherproof the existing frame part of it. My first thought when I saw it was just to get rid of the whole thing. Is the frame salvageable, or am I better off scrapping it all and starting anew?
posted by Mr.X on Jul 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Gardening novice needs some help!

I have $150 to spend on my patio/deck garden in Seattle. What should I plant and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I put solid deck stain right over semitransparent?

New semi-transparent stain on deck is ugly. Can I put solid stain right over it? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Pimp My Roof

My new apartment has an accessible roof with an awesome view, and this summer I would like it to be an Awesome Party Spot. At the moment it is completely bare. What makes YOUR roof great? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Feb 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Mildew city?

The house I'm renting has very little storage space inside but has a huge deck. How much damage would I do to my stored items to keep them in plastic Rubbermaid containers on the deck? It doesn't snow here but it gets quite rainy.
posted by Pomo on Dec 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Need suggestions on replacing a wood patio deck.

I have a 7' x 10' concrete slab patio. It currently has wooden deck tiles on top, but they are falling apart and need replacing. What is the best, inexpensive replacement option? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Oct 25, 2011 - 8 answers

When you accidentally butter your deck

I have stains on my deck from some spilled butter during a BBQ. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 6, 2011 - 6 answers

How to date a deck in DC?

How do I find out when the deck on my old home in Washington DC was built? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Jul 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Help my poor, sad old deck.

Old neglected deck: What to do to preserve it for a little while longer. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Lumber / Carpentry Filter - Should I use cedar on this project? Is my carpenter right?

Lumber / Carpentry Filter - Should I use cedar on this fence project? Is my carpenter right about the design? [more inside]
posted by Mid on May 30, 2011 - 18 answers

Cleaning the deck.

Can you give me advice on cleaning my deck? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on May 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Cedar deck preservatiion

I have 6 year old cedar deck by the ocean that is aging quicker than expected, I have power washed and coated it twice with Benjamin Moore transparent deck stain. It's decaying, and the stain is not penetrating and peeling. Any ideas?
posted by daveo'h on May 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Where in NYC can I go that's really high up and will allow me to set up a rather large camera on a tripod?

Accessible rooftops (or other really high places) in Manhattan or Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Mar 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Enclose a deck without enclosing it?

I might be about to buy a house with a large octagonal deck. 6 of the 8 sides are open to the elements. What kind of large windows could I put on it so that I could make it a cosy space in the cold months, but be able to open it up to the maximum extent possible in the warm months? (frost free almost subtropical location for what it's worth).
posted by singingfish on Mar 8, 2011 - 3 answers

My adjustable-azimuth adolescence.

What's the cleanest possible way to transfer a standard-IPS four-track cassette master? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Can I level concrete footings?

Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

I was looking for a predator; how was I supposed to know that she'd act all... predatory?

How the heck do I catproof a deck? (Second-story, somewhat sketchy DIY deck made out of wood with picket-fence railings. Kitten wants to commit suicide.) [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 26, 2010 - 19 answers

Patio Heaters for Cooler Climates

Residential patio heaters, fall and spring in New England or similar climate: your experiences please. [more inside]
posted by acanthous on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Gardening for Dummies

What should I plant on a trellis like this to give me a little more privacy on my deck? [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Jul 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Growing Plants In Heat & Wind

What can I plant on a hot, windy roof garden? My New York City apartment boasts a private roof deck. The problem: It gets constant sun all day long, and is the tallest building around, so it can get quite windy. Nearly everything I've planted has shriveled and died. What will work? [more inside]
posted by eduke on Jul 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Tips for decking?

What mistakes are we likely to make when laying our new decking? What are the best practices for getting this done nicely enough that we don't regret it when we look at it a few years down the road? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Jun 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Canopy or awning?

Pop-up canopy/gazebo or crank- out awning (like Sunsetter)? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Apr 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration?

Spring is right around the corner, and we're starting to plan our Backyard Projectâ„¢. Is there an Apartment Therapy-like website for backyard inspiration? Looking for lots of photos and write-ups about things like brick patios, decks, gardens, water features, etc.
posted by wordsmith on Feb 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Who will dig my holes?

What tradesman or trade area should I look to to dig the footers for my wood deck? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 on Sep 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Wood deck vs. stone patio

I'm going to build a deck or patio in my backyard, but I'm trying to make the final decision between poured/stamped concrete, stone pavers, or a standard wood deck... [more inside]
posted by colemanm on Aug 4, 2009 - 9 answers

Dek-Block veterans, please come share your stories.

Thinking of building a platform-style deck in our backyard using the Dek-Block system. Looking for experiences from others who have used it. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Keeping a patio clean from above balcony

How do I keep my 1st floor patio clean/dry while being able to spray clean an overhead balcony? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Apr 20, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs?

How can I enjoy my deck without being swarmed by bugs? [more inside]
posted by Fleebnork on Apr 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Suggestions for veggies I can grow on a deck or inside?

I'd love to grow some vegetables this year. However, I don't have much in the way of outdoor space OR sunlight. What are my best bets? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jan 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Composite decking recommendations

I'll be replacing a cedar deck soon, and would like recommendations on composite decking material. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on Dec 24, 2007 - 18 answers

How to build a roof deck?

Anyone have a roof deck or build roof decks? I'd like to invest in one - what should I do, and what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by waterbottle on May 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Block off wooden porch steps for dog purposes, cheaply?

Stairs (wood) lead from backyard up to outdoor deck (wood). Dog can run up. Want to install something to keep dog in yard, with stairs remaining usable, without hiring expensive contractor. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by staggernation on Apr 10, 2007 - 16 answers

How in the heck should I plan my deck?

Where can I find guidelines or software that will help me design a rectangular, free-standing deck with cantilevers? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... on Feb 4, 2007 - 1 answer

What are the odds of that?

A regular deck of 52 cards is shuffled and turned face up one by one. What are the odds of going through the whole deck and finding at least one set of two consecutive cards which have the same value? (ie, a pair). [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Nov 17, 2006 - 27 answers

What kind of wood is my deck made of?

What kind of wood is my deck made of? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Oct 27, 2006 - 13 answers

Advice on deck staining & bathtub caulking

Questions about 2nd coats. 1) DECK: Just stained deck two days ago with a semi-transparent latex deck stain ("Weatherbeater" brand). Unfortunately it dried a little unevenly, showing brush marks, so there are lighter and darker patches. Can I apply a second coat, or will that peal once the rain comes? 2) TUB: re-caulked around tub yesterday. Aesthetically it might look better if I could apply another layer of caulk to smooth out edges and make a little thicker (used white silicone bathroom stuff), but will the fresh caulk adhere properly to the 24-hour cured caulk? I had to scrape the bejesus out of the gap to get the old caulk out, and I don't want to risk the new caulk job failing.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 2, 2006 - 3 answers

What can I use for flooring on my balcony?

What can I put down on my balcony as "flooring" which will fill in the gaps, keep stuff from falling through on my downstairs neighbor and maybe prevent her smoke from drifting up? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Aug 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Living in a fishbowl

I have been searching in vain for a way to make my outdoor space more private. Can you all help me find a specific type of screen (if it exists)? [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Jul 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Cool Shade

The deck / patio on my mother's house is completely exposed to the sun and umbrellas haven't been working as shade providers. The wind breaks them. Or they provide insufficient shading. Besides building a roof over the deck, what else can we try to turn her deck into a nicely shaded space?
posted by Aghast. on May 28, 2006 - 18 answers

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