Modern Coat Racks That Know How To Catch Your Eye

A coat rack is one of those things you have to have in your home and usually there are a few consecrated designs and styles that everyone chooses from. But not everyone likes to follow the general trend so instead of choosing something generic like one of those coat racks that you put on the…

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A House With Views Of A Canyon And A Roof That Mimics Mountains

In a lot of cases a lot of careful planning is required to make a house become a part of its surroundings but with this one it all came naturally. Las Penas is a house located in El Chaquiñán, Ecuador. It was completed in 2015 by C3V Arquitectura. For the architects, including the surroundings and the…

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Future House | Road Testing Smart Home Devices

Future House | Road Testing Smart Home Devices
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Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey visits a hotel room that’s powered by voice activation and tablet apps.

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How to Install a Natural Stone Patio with Fire Pit

How to Install a Natural Stone Patio with Fire Pit
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Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a bluestone patio with a reclaimed granite fire pit.

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Time: 1-2 days

Cost: $5,000 and up

Skill Level: Professional

Tools List for Installing a Natural Stone Patio with Fire Pit:
Excavator
Gas Plate CompactorFeathers
Wedges
Mallet
Push Broom

Shopping List:
Stone dust
¾” stone
Thermal Bluestone
Reclaimed Granite

Steps:
1. Before digging, always call a utility locating service to locate underground pipes and wires.
2. Excavate the area for the patio down to subsoil by hand or using an excavator.
3. Rake out the subsoil to a smooth grade and then compact it with a gas plate compactor.
4. Fill the area with a base material that’s a mixture of ¾” stone and stone dust about 3” at a time. Rake out the mixture smooth and then compact it with the gas plate compactor. Repeat until the base material is about 3” below finished grade.
5. To cut the granite to length, drill a series of 3-4” deep holes on 3 sides of the stone. Insert feathers and wedges into every hole and then tap each one a little at a time with a mallet until the stone breaks.
6. Use the excavator to move the four granite stones for the fire pit into position.
7. Fill the center of the firepit about a third of the way with ¾” stone.
8. Apply a layer of stone dust over the base material and compact it with the plate compactor.
9. Lay the bluestone in place. To properly level the natural stone, use a mallet to hit down the high spots. If there are low spots or voids under the stone, add more stone dust to fill those areas.
10. Once all the stones are installed and level, sweep stone dust into the joints. If the stones are dry, polymeric sand can also be used.

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