How to Build Planter Posts for String Lights

Cafe lights add atmosphere to any outdoor living space! Pairing them with floral arrangements makes this patio look inviting and luxurious.

How to Build Planter Posts for String Lights

Our family loves to relax on the patio, and now it has some serious ambiance thanks to my latest DIY project: planter posts for string lights!

They’re super-easy to make. You just need Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix, in the red bag, a couple of planters and string lights, and small tools.

Ready to create something special? Let’s go!


Supplies for creating concrete planters

What You’ll Need:

  • Bags of Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix (per post) 
  • 2-4 Planters (enough to support the café lights)
  • 4-by-4 Posts (enough to support the lights)
  • Steel Screw Hooks
  • Café lights
  • Drill
  • How to Build Planter Posts for String Lights
sealing planters

Seal the insides. You won’t want potting soil or concrete mix to spill from your planters (I used wood), so apply Advanced Polymer Non-Sag Sealant or Advanced Polymer Construction Adhesive to close any gaps or cracks inside them.

Find a location. Place the planter where it will be used. Make sure it’s where you’ll spend a lot of time and could use a little light. (I just want to stress:

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Choice Home Warranty vs. American Home Shield

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If you’re in the market for a home warranty, chances are you’re familiar with Choice Home Warranty (CHW) and American Home Shield (AHS). Both are top-rated home warranty providers offering comprehensive coverage, 24/7 customer service and multiple plan options.

In this article, we’ll compare each company’s coverage, plan pricing and state availability, and we will also provide information on how to get a free quote from each provider. Keep reading to determine if Choice Home Warranty or American Home Shield is the best home warranty company for you and your home.

Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.


Choice Home Warranty vs. American Home Shield Plans

Choice Home Warranty offers two plans: the Basic Plan and the Total Plan. The Basic Plan includes an impressive range of appliances and systems for a base plan and covers items such as your heating system, plumbing system and dishwasher. The Total Plan covers everything in the Basic Plan but adds coverage for your laundry appliances, air conditioning and refrigerator. Here’s a

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Best Foundation Repair Companies in Houston | 2021

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There’s a reason there are so many sayings about strong foundations. Your home’s foundation is a superhero. It distributes the weight of your house and all of its contents to the soil below, anchors the entire property in place, prevents structure cracks and keeps groundwater from seeping in. Foundations must also withstand environmental conditions, such as floods, hurricanes, wind and earthquakes.

Unfortunately, Texas cities experience the most foundation problems. In Houston, the humid subtropical climate causes slab foundation to crack and crawl spaces to develop mold and mildew. Add that to the city’s soil-rich clay, and you get incredible potential for a damaged foundation.

If you’re a Houston homeowner noticing cracks in drywall, sticking doors and windows, sloping floors or moisture damage, you may need to have your foundation repaired. Foundation repairs are costly and difficult to navigate. That is why we created this detailed guide for foundation repair in Houston. This guide will help you learn about the top foundation repair companies in the city, as well as their services, cost and financing options.


Top Foundation Repair Companies in Houston

  1. Olshan: Best Overall in Houston
  2. Ram Jack: Best for Financing in Houston
  3. Two Brothers Foundation Repair:
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Best Foundation Repair Companies in Minneapolis | 2021

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A home’s foundation is one of the most important yet overlooked components of its structural integrity. The foundation distributes the weight of your house and all of its contents to the soil below. It also anchors the entire property, prevents cracks near windows and doors and keeps groundwater from leaking in. Foundations must also withstand environmental conditions, such as Minnesota’s intense winters. 

Minneapolis features loamy soil, which is a mixture of sand, silt and clay. This soil paired with the Twin Cities’ variable continental climate can lead to serious problems for foundations of any kind. If you notice uneven floors, wall cracks or leaks in your basement, you might be dealing with a problem larger than you expect. 

There are so many options for foundation repair and basement waterproofing contractors in Minneapolis that it can be difficult to determine which is right for your situation. That is why we created this guide for the best foundation repair companies in Minneapolis, comparing each provider’s services, financing options and average cost.


Top Foundation Repair Companies in Minneapolis

  1. DBS: Best Overall in Minneapolis
  2. Innovative Basement Authority: Best for Crawl Spaces in Minneapolis
  3. American Waterworks: Best for Financing in Minneapolis
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10 Functional, Stylish Concrete Projects to Make This Weekend

Use concrete to make beautiful, durable items for inside and outside your home.

Concrete mix is an affordable, durable building material, which makes it perfect for do-it-yourselfers who want to enhance their home without spending much cash or hiring someone to do the job. 

These functional, stylish concrete creations are easy to make and will add character to your home, both indoors and out. 


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Concrete lawn borders help divide a space and define flower beds. (©Mariusz Blach, Adobe Stock Photos)

Lawn Borders

Defined outdoor spaces are attractive, and installing concrete lawn borders around flowerbeds and pathways is an easy, affordable way to add curb appeal. 

What’s great about concrete is you can form it to the desired shape, and then you can color or stain it to match your style.

And you won’t find a more durable, long-lasting edging option.

Read: How to Build Concrete Lawn Borders


Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Making a concrete walkway is easy with Quikrete Walkmaker.

Concrete Path

If you’ve mowed and manicured the lawn, the last thing you want is for people to walk on it. Fortunately, the solution is simple: create a concrete path!

An attractive, patterned walkway is easy to create with Quikrete WalkMaker. Just fill

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10 HOME IMPROVEMENTS YOU MUST TACKLE THIS FALL

The 4 Seasons of Homeownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. Items on the fall checklist are designed to prepare your home for cooler weather, from replacing heating and cooling system filters to checking weather-stripping on doors and windows. Check out Tackling […]

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