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Concealed Screwed-Down Decking

'Concealed' Screwed-Down Decking

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Want the look of hidden fastener attached decking and the positive anchoring you get with screws? Then check out the Kreg Deck Jig.

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The Goal of a Finished Railing

The Goal of a Finished Railing

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In "Start Your Railing Right" (FHB 212 pp 67-69), Mike Guertin describes the details for securing guardrail posts to the deck frame. Here he describes a novel method for detailing the infill between posts.

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Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

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Not every pressure treated board today can touch the earth. Most are only treated for above ground applications. And don't skimp on the fasteners or they may not last.

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Free Deck Construction Guide

Free Deck Construction Guide

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The AFPA has a new version of the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – DCA 6

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Deck Construction book ala Code

Deck Construction book ala Code

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New book from ICC cuts through 850+ pages of the IRC and gets down to where the business of building decks intersects with the code. And an added plus – it deciphers code language with discussion.

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TimberSil Decking

TimberSil Decking

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Heard of TimberSil? Wondered how it's different than ordinary pressure treated lumber? Mike Guertin tried it out on a 900 sf deck last year and reports on what it is, how it handles and the upsides and downsides.

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Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

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Synthetic decking seems to be all the rage these days. Is it really all that it's cracked up to be?

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Ipe Deck Installation Leads to Lessons Learned

Ipe Deck Installation Leads to Lessons Learned

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Simple tips to make your Ipé deck installation safer and faster.

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2009 Deck Code Changes - Pay Attention!

2009 Deck Code Changes - Pay Attention!

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The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) has a number of big changes when it comes to framing decks. If your state, county or town will be adopting the ’09 IRC you’d better take a look at a copy of the code before you get a code violation.

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Cool Cable Deck Rail

Cool Cable Deck Rail

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The post on this deck is tradtional enough, but the rail isn't. The stainless-steel cable rail not only preserves whatever view stretches out beyond, but it forces you to take a second look. . .

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A Garden Deck

A Garden Deck

We've all seen great decks with built-in benches. . .but a built-in garden? That's notable.

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Is Synthetic Decking Right for You?

Is Synthetic Decking Right for You?

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The pros and cons of synthetic decking

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How To Clean Up Mold

How To Clean Up Mold

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When it comes to cleaning up mold, where do you start? First, you need to know that you can tackle most small jobs (less than 10 sq. ft.) yourself. But, big jobs require a professional.

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How to Set  Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

How to Set Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

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Plastic piers require no concrete or cinder blocks, and they can handle a load of 10,000 lb. as soon as the hole is backfilled.

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