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Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses

Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses

Rather than toss post sleeve cutoffs in the trash, recycle them into bird houses in just a few minutes.

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Consistent Screw Setting Every Drive

Consistent Screw Setting Every Drive

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Deck Screw Depth Setter from Starborn sets consistent screw depths on more than just deck boards.

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Deck Construction Guide Reduces Southern Pine Spans

Deck Construction Guide Reduces Southern Pine Spans

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The American Wood Council reduces southern pine beam, joist and stringer spans in the DCA-6 Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide

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Comprehensive List of Synthetic Decking Manufacturers

Comprehensive List of Synthetic Decking Manufacturers

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List of composite, capped, and PVC decking manufacturers

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Future Deck Codes - Round the corner in 2015???

Future Deck Codes - Round the corner in 2015???

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The IRC ramped up deck codes in 2009 and 2012. See what may be coming around the corner in 2015

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Deck Ledger Bolting Patterns Limit House to Deck Level Drop

Deck Ledger Bolting Patterns Limit House to Deck Level Drop

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The 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) includes a few new provisions that limit where you position the deck ledger in relation to the main floor of the house. Those of us in snow-prone regions who like to drop a deck one step from the inside floor level will be challenged to continue doing so.

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May is Deck Safety Month - Check Your Deck!

May is Deck Safety Month - Check Your Deck!

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Decks on the verge of falling down generally don’t look any different than safe decks. You have to take a close look in order to see if problems exist.

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Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations

Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations

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Learn reliable, time-saving techniques for getting your deck or shed project on level, solid ground in these free video episodes on building pier and block foundations

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Mounting Deck Ledgers to Floor Trusses

Mounting Deck Ledgers to Floor Trusses

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You can't just bolt or screw a deck ledger to open web floor trusses. Follow either the fabricator's detail or one from the SBCA.

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Mounting Deck Ledgers to Engineered Floor Systems

Mounting Deck Ledgers to Engineered Floor Systems

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The 2012 IRC ledger attachment schedule only works on house rim joists made of solid-sawn lumber or Douglas fir laminated veneer lumber (LVL). You can’t follow it when mounting deck ledgers to rim joists made of engineered wood products. Instead we have to look to other resources to ensure these connections are made safely.

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Freestanding Decks Solve Ledger Attachment Challenges

Freestanding Decks Solve Ledger Attachment Challenges

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Decks were not in the plans when many homes were built, so the framing was not designed to permit easy deck ledger attachment. Many homes framed with wood I-joists and floor trusses, for example...

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Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

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Premium deck ledger flashing is well designed and durable

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Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

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FHB's 'Start Your Railings Right' spring 2010 article covered the basics of securely mounting deck guardrail posts to the frame. Now an article in Professional Deck Builder magazine goes the next step - and fills in the blanks along the way.

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Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

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Attach-A-Deck spaces the ledger off the wall even on existing houses without removing the siding.

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HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

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Decking is essentially flooring so why not install it using a pneumatic flooring nailer? You can now with the HIDfast decking tool and fasteners.

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