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September 4, 2014
Help persuade bowed deck boards into alignment
January 3, 2008
With the Wall Puller, framers can easily adjust the bottom plate of a wall so that it meets the layout line on the subfloor
May 1, 2006
How much time, trouble, and money does it take to install deck planks? It all depends on the fasteners you use.
September 1, 2004
Stack the deck to ensure efficiency by cutting and preassembling the parts you need
For simple gable or shed roofs, you need to learn this basic building block of roof framing
May 1, 2003
Because my crew and I frame our floors exclusively with I-joists, we needed to find an efficient way to cut them to accurate lengths. Using a regular framing square to…
July 1, 1999
Brian Simmons's clever method for Straightening warped deck boards uses a pry bar as a bearing point for a pipe clamp. Simply insert the pry bar into the gaps between the deck…
January 1, 1996
The device shown in the drawing is a combo tool that both controls the distance between boards in a deck and guides the placement of the nails or screws. Here's…
September 1, 1990
Instead of using a pipe-clamp arrangement to align deck boards, as in Gregory Tolman's Decking persuader, I use a brick tong. The stationary end of the tong can be wedged…
January 1, 1990
Whenever I have to lay deck boards that have at least a 1/8-in. gap between them, I use a pipe clamp and a block to muscle the crowned pieces into…
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