backyard upgrades

by Apr 25, 2018Tips and Facts

Here are tips on how to enjoy your own backyard upgrades using a Leinbach Services handyman:

Nothing is better than entertaining friends and family in your own backyard oasis. Hosting parties and gatherings with your gas grill, hot tub, gas fire pit, surrounded by a privacy fence. We’re going to help you build your own backyard retreat for outdoor parties.


Backyard upgrades with an outside gas grill

Outdoor cooking comes in all shapes and sizes, from a little charcoal hibachi on the back stoop to a full-on culinary compound big enough to accommodate a catering crew. Typically, only your yard size, budget, and local ordinances limit your desires. Don’t let the following mistakes trip up your plans to install the ultimate backyard barbecue.


You may think an overcooked sirloin spells disaster, but actually a gas explosion or an electrical fire could be a lot more catastrophic.


If you are installing a new gas line for the grill, your locale may require a permit. Failure to obtain a permit where necessary may result in fines, but that’s not why you should get one.

Permits may be required for certain projects because they need to be inspected to make sure they comply with building codes. Projects that fail to meet codes could be potentially hazardous to you, your property, your neighbors, and the environment, especially when it comes to something that could explode.


Code restrictions can dictate how far gas lines must be from structures or other utilities under your property, or how deep the lines must be buried. On the other hand, you may luck out and find that your locale allows you to install a quick connect shut-off valve at the house, to which you hook up a hose that you connect only as needed to a grill designed or retrofitted to accept it.

In addition to permitting and code restrictions from your community, your gas company in all likelihood prefers if you call them to turn gas off and back on unless there is an immediate emergency. If you are running a new gas line from your house to the grill, you may need to turn off the gas to the whole house. Gas connections require special pipes, valves, tools, and supplies. If you’re setting up a separate line or a quick-connect shut-off valve where none existed before, call a licensed plumber to do the work.


Avoid these mistakes by hiring a gas technician to install your new grill.


outdoor gas grill

outdoor gas grill

Gas fire pit

Outdoor natural gas fire pits are a great way to add warmth and a focal point to any backyard or outdoor living space. You’ll have many options to explore if you’re considering adding an outdoor gas fire pit, and there are a few key points to consider before you light the flame for the first time.


First, as always, think about location, location, location.

The most important factor to consider when choosing where your fire pit will be located is safety. Ensure that the area is totally free and clear of all overhanging or adjacent tree branches or bushes, and you should probably also pick an area that doesn’t sit on a lot of dry grass.


Hiring a handyman allows you to sit back and direct the project without breaking a sweat.


Speaking of design, you’ll want to consider whether you want your outdoor natural gas fire pit to match the style of your home and outdoor landscaping, offer a unique departure as a focal point, or land somewhere in between. With the range of options available, you should have no problem satisfying your design impulse.


Finally, once your outdoor natural gas fire pit is installed, be sure to keep a fire extinguisher or water source nearby whenever it’s lit—properly maintained fire pits are generally quite safe, but it never hurts to be extra cautious.

Backyard hot tub


The more desirable tubs are taller and can be difficult to climb into. One way of ensuring easy access is in-ground installation using the help of a plumber and a handyman. Another is incorporating the tub into a new or existing deck design. Generally speaking, buyers are wise to focus their search on models that come equipped with stairs and a handrail.


For peace of mind and to promote the well-being of your family and neighbors, insist on such basic and essential safety features.

Safety features such as automatic shut-off and a strong locking cover. Remember that some municipalities’ building codes require a barrier (e.g., fencing) to surround hot tubs, not just swimming pools. 

Locate your spa in a private area of the yard, ideally one that is close to the required utilities. If it helps, use a length of rope or garden hose to mark out the hot tub’s approximate dimensions, and track the sight lines from different vantage points around the yard, inside the home and even off the property.



Privacy fence

When making a decision about the boundary of your property, it can be useful to know the benefits homeowners can enjoy with a privacy fence:

Privacy fence


Having a handyman install a privacy fence provides your backyard upgrades with some shelter from stray animals and high winds. The fence will act as a windbreaker to prevent the wind from affecting you and your garden.


One of the main benefits of using a privacy fence is the wide range of styles and materials available on the market. This will make it easier to find an option to suit your needs as there will be a color and type of wood to match the other components of your garden. This will also help you to stick to a budget if you have one as there will be a range of prices. If you are concerned with the environment, you can also be satisfied that there are sustainable materials that can be used for your fence.

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