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Dry well
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How Do Dry Wells Work?

Dry wells are subsurface, engineered water displacement systems that collect and disperse unwanted water from rainstorms and runoff.

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Build It | Fire Pit Cover

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva works with host Kevin O’Connor to build a cover that can turn a store bought fire pit into a table when not in use.

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How to Install a Natural Gas Grill

Ask This Old House heating and plumbing expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a natural gas line to fire up his backyard barbecue grill

Group of friends playing the Shishkaball Game
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How to Build a Shishkaball Ball-Drop Game

TOH's Team Saturday shows you how to entertain friends with a yard-size version of this ball-drop game, made from wire fencing and plant stakes.

Couples play a game of ladder golf
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How to Build a Ladder Golf Game Set

Entertain your guests with this game of wood rungs that catch golf ball bolas.

Butterfly bush in front yard
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How to Plant Edible Foundation Plants

A homeowner selects foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife.

Soccer goal
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How to Build a Soccer Goal

Learn how to make your own backyard soccer goal with these easy instructions for parents and kids.

Building a water rocket game outside
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How to Build a Water Rocket

Blast into space using PVC piping in this easy DIY project that adults and kids can complete together.

A Murphy bar on the side of a house
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How to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar

Use cedar lumber and a doweling jig to create an outdoor piece that can handle its share of liquor.

Roger Cook installs drip-irrigation
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How to Install a Water-Saving Drip-Irrigation System

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner install a drip-irrigation system

Group of friends playing Kubb game outside
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How to Make a Kubb Game Set 

With a little more than a 4x4 post and a bunch of dowels, learn how to make this classic Swedish lawn game.

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How to Build a Fire Pit Patio

On their own, handsome stone pavers expand a home’s entertaining space, but add a fire pit and your yard becomes a destination

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How to Use a Chainsaw

Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.

Installing a natural gas barbecue grill
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How to Install a Natural Gas Barbecue Grill

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a natural gas line for a barbecue grill

Wooden rain barrel outside blue house
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How to Build a Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater is a no-brainer for gardening. It’s the ugly black barrels we could do without. So here’s a plan you can use to build your own rain barrel, one that’s both eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a simple project, thanks to an off-the-shelf diverter kit that connects to a downspout.

Group of friends playing a pipe ball lawn game
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How to Build a Pipe Ball Lawn Game

Learn how to cut and connect drainpipe into a rack for a simple but challenging ball-toss lawn game.

Maintaining Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools
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How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

Miniature Golf Course at Home
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How to Build a Miniature Golf Course

Bring the family together by building the green and then playing on it with this DIY miniature golf cart that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Bamboo privacy screen in backyard
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How to Plant a Bamboo Screen

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a pair of homeowners select and plant a privacy screen using bamboo plants.

Removing overgrown shrub from foundation of home
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How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner remove foundation shrubs that have overtaken the front of her house

Using water hose to spray outdoor television
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How to Install an Outdoor Television

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron installs a weatherproof television to complete a homeowner's patio.

Side of a house with an outdoor faucet.
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How to Install an Outdoor Faucet

Learn how to add a new hose spigot with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey.

Young deer eating leaves off small tree
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How to Deer-Proof Small Trees

Learn how to keep deer away from young trees and shrubs with landscape contractor Roger Cook.

Bat house on the side of a red house
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How to Build a Bat House

Give these mosquito-eating creatures a place to roost in time for trick-or-treat season, and reap the benefits year-round. With instructions for parents and kids

Wheelbarrow in garden
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How to Fix a Flat Wheelbarrow Tire

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to repair a flat tire on a wheelbarrow.

Jenn Nawada spreading ground cover
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How to Design a Yard in Phases

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada returns to her home state of Florida to help a homeowner design a tropical landscape for his backyard.

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How to Install a Raised Vegetable Garden with Arbors

This Old House landscaping contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada help an elementary school build and plant a raised-bed vegetable garden.

Family Project: Lemonade stand
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How to Build a Lemonade Stand

How to make a sturdy display table, with instructions for parents and kids.

S20 E27, Mark McCullough shows Kevin O’Connor how to build a stone bird bath
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How to Build a Stone Bird Bath

This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how to turn two pieces of stone into a beautiful rustic birdbath.

A cedar compost bench in a landscaped garden
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How to Build a Cedar Compost Bench

Use clear cedar boards to assemble a comfortable and productive focal point for your yard.

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How to Build a Tree Swing

Make an old-fashioned rope swing with these instructions for parents and kids.

Cedar garden hose holder
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How to Build a Cedar Garden Hose Holder

Watch as House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares how to build a convenient hose hideaway with a built-in reel.