Outdoor

Deck Disaster

Soon to be parents, Rachel and Scott call Antonio to the rescue! Because of the layout of their existing and hazardous deck, their side yard is inaccessible, so they rarely spend time in it.

Instructions

Do you need a new hose for your yard? They can range from 10 to 100 feet long. A hose that’s a ½ an inch thick delivers 9 gallons of water a minute. A thicker hose delivers more. Rubber hoses are heaviest, but stand up best to extreme weather. You should always keep your garden hose rolled up. You can use a wall hanger like this or keep it coiled in a hose pot. To help your hose last longer, store it out of direct sunlight. Remember to drain your hose completely before freezing temperatures set it. 

Supplies
  • Varying Hoses
  • Hose Wall Hang
  • Drill for Wall Hang
  • Hose Pot
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Do you know what kind of lawn seed to use for great looking grass? It depends on whether you’re filling bare spots or planting a whole new lawn. There’s warm season grass, like Bermuda, that grows best in hot weather. It turns brown when it’s cool. You should reseed during winter. Cool seasoned lawns, like Kentucky Blue Grass, turn brown in the summer. Seed them in early fall. If pests are causing spots in your lawn, you could patch that will pretty fertilized lawn seed. You’ll need to water your lawn everyday until it’s about three inches high. Then, cut back to every other day and enjoy your lush green grass. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

The Back Story

Join Fix It and Finish It designer Nicki Huggins, as she shows us the art and beauty of vintage American outdoor furniture.

Nicki Huggins is a furniture and interior designer who has appeared on HGTV and House Beautiful for A&E. An avid historian of vintage American outdoor furniture, Nicki created the company RetroPatio in 1998 to restore modern American spring steel chairs and glider sets. Nicki now designs and manufactures both outdoor and indoor chairs based on her collection of American furniture gems from the Thirties and Forties. Nicki Huggins will debut The RetroPatio Collection in Fall 2014. All Nicki Huggins furniture is Made in the USA.

Nicki began taping “Fix It and Finish It,” a daily syndicated home renovation show with Antonio Sabato Jr. in the spring. In the series, Nicki is a featured designer who will remodel homes, outdoor spaces, trailers, cabins, etc. in 15 American cities.

An early adapter of green technology, Nicki Huggins installed the first domestic wind turbine in Los Angeles in 2008.

Previously, Nicki Huggins was a television producer who produced scripted and unscripted shows, including children’s programming and Sit-Coms for Sony International.

Also a master marketer, Nicki produced the ground-breaking marketing campaign for the Oprah Winfrey hosted television special "Scared Silent" which addressed child abuse in America. 55 million Americans watched Scared Silent making it the most successful documentary in American television history. Hundreds of thousands of victims and perpetrators called a toll-free number and were referred to health care professionals in their area. The Scared Silent campaign received an EFFIE marketing award from the American Marketing Association.

Nicki has appeared in Renovation Style magazine, Coastal Living magazine, De Morgen magazine (Belgium), Met Home, Florida Travel and Life, Southern Lady, Culture and Leisure, Southern Breeze and Portico.

Nicki has a degree in Art, specializing in photography and a degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. She has also studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), UCLA, and The Entertainment Academy.

http://www.nickihuggins.com/

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Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

The Back Story

Do you need a new hose for your yard? They can range from 10 to 100 feet long. A hose that’s a ½ an inch thick delivers 9 gallons of water a minute. A thicker hose delivers more. Rubber hoses are heaviest, but stand up best to extreme weather. You should always keep your garden hose rolled up. You can use a wall hanger like this or keep it coiled in a hose pot. To help your hose last longer, store it out of direct sunlight. Remember to drain your hose completely before freezing temperatures set it. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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Here’s a weekend project that will help your driveway look like new. Have you ever used a power washer? You can rent one from your home improvement center. Power washers are perfect for concrete driveways and most brick surfaces. Make sure the mortar around the brick is solid and not crumbling. Keep power washers away from unsealed wood decks. Too much water pressure could destroy soft wood fibers and leave the surface fuzzy. Work from top to bottom, so dirty water doesn’t drip down onto your clean section. Here’s an important safety tip: never leave a power washer unattended and stay clear of the nozzle. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

The Back Story

Whether your grill is gas or charcoal, here are some BBQ basics you’ll wanna have on hand. A pair of spring loaded tongs, 6 to 8 inches long. A long spatula with holes so your food doesn’t stick. Get a thermometer to cook chicken and meat safely. A grill basket for vegetables and fish. Try grill mitts, they should be heat resistant and cover at least part of your forearm. Now, you’ll want a good brush, a scraper tool to clean off your grill for the next BBQ. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

Instructions

Here’s a great idea that will help you cool off on a hot day in the backyard. Check out this freestanding outdoor shower. It’s inexpensive, easy to assemble, and doesn’t need any special plumbing. First, before you start, fill the base with water for stability. See, it’s very easy to do. Simply attach a garden hose near the base and you’re ready to rinse off. I like this model because it has a separate spray for your feet. It’s perfect for you and your kids if you’ve been running around outside barefoot.

Supplies
  • Hose
  • Free Standing Outdoor Shower
The Back Story

Strawberry pots can be tricky to plant. First, measure the height of your pot. Cut a piece of PVC pipe about 2 inches shorter and drill some small holes. Add rocks, then fill the pot with soil up to the first plant pocket. Center your pipe, and anchor it. Then plant the lower pockets, like this. Add soil to the next level and don’t get any inside the pipe. Keep going, then add plants to the top of your pot. Pour water directly into the pipe and around it to keep your soil moist. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

Instructions

Is it time for a garden tool tune up? Start with a careful cleaning. This is especially true for pruning shears. Use a nailbrush, then a drop or two of oil for lubrication. You can keep garden tools in a bucket of sand with a bit of linseed oil. The oil also works to wipe down wooden handles. Store garden tools in a covered area and don’t let them sit out overnight. Look for tools with bright handles or paint them yourself so you can easily see where you left them in the garden. 

Supplies
  • Nail Bristle Brush
  • Lubrication Oil
  • Boiled Linseed Oil
  • Bright Colored Garden Tools
  • Bucket with Sand

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