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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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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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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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