Outdoor Living

Outdoor living includes swimming pools, solar yard lights, bug zappers and more. Learn all about outdoor living and how to enjoy your backyard.

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One of the hardest things about owning an above-ground pool is learning how to draining it at the end of the season -- or is it? Read this article to learn how to drain your above-ground pool.

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You just bought a cord of wood for your fireplace, and you need to figure out how to stack it so that it will dry properly. Learn here how to stack a cord of wood.

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To make a bonfire in your backyard, build a teepee with logs as a base and tinder in the center. Learn how to make a bonfire in your backyard in this article.

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Make your backyard into an event site by putting up a party tent. Learn about how to put up a party tent in this article.

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Would you like to get rid of a woodpecker that's disturbing your peace and quiet and destroying your house? Read this article to learn how to get rid of a woodpecker.

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In the United States alone, consumers throw away millions of pounds of trash every day -- much of it kitchen and yard waste. But, if you know what you're doing, that waste can be turned into fertilizer for vegetable plants and flowerpots … even if you live in the city.

By Jodie Schneider

Different types of in-ground pools have different linings. Learn whether swimming vinyl pool liners are the most effective in this article.

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Is your dog destroying your yard or garden? You can make an easy and safe repellent to help stop his antics. We'll tell you how.

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You'd like to trap a squirrel that found its way into your home, but don't know how to make a squirrel trap. Learn about how to make a squirrel trap in this article.

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Mosquito magnets are highly effective devices that reduce the entire mosquito population around your house. Learn about mosquito magnets in this article.

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Swimming pool motors drive the pump that filters water in the pool. Learn about swimming pool motors from this article.

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A variety of bug zappers are available for indoor and outdoor use. Learn whether bug zappers can be used indoors from this article.

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When you think about your pool, you probably see warm summer days, soaking up the sun with your family by your side and your margarita in your hand. But your pool has some news for you: It's not all fun and games.

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A home swimming pool is a joy in the warmer months, but you have to take care of it. Learn the basics of pool maintenance in this article.

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If the mosquitoes have been keeping you away from your picnic table, you might consider a bug zapper. Find out if they really work in this article.

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Mosquito magnets can be extremely effective if they’re put in the right place, set up properly and tuned to attract the right species of mosquitoes. Learn whether mosquito magnets are effective in this article.

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Microorganisms in the soil convert organic waste to compost when they have the right amount of oxygen and water. Learn how organic waste converts to compost in this article.

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You can find out how much rainwater your roof will collect by doing some simple calculations. Learn whether rain barrels are effective in this article.

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Swimming pools have two kinds of drains: main drains, at the bottom of the pool, and skimmer drains, around the top edge. Learn more about pool drains in this article.

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If you are going to have your own swimming pool you need to make sure it's kept clean. Learn more about the importance of pool filters in this article.

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If you have an outside space, you can enjoy it many months of the year. Learn how to make the most of your outdoor living space in this article.

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Are you looking to perk up your outdoor areas? Check out this article and learn more about how to perk up your outdoor areas.

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Are you looking for some unique branch decor ideas? Check out this article and learn more about some unique branch decor ideas.

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Kicking back on a deck that overlooks a body of water is a great way to relax and unwind. But not everyone is lucky enough to live on the water. Never fear! You, too, can have your very own unique water feature.

By Sara Elliott

There's nothing like a cookout, but what if you want barbecue or pizza instead of something off the grill? No problem. An outdoor barbecue pit or pizza oven will have you cooking in no time -- even if you're a novice.

By Jonathan Strickland