May 1, 1987
You can use a dovetail router bit to shape a drip edge that's just right for all sorts of situations. For example, to protect a square post base against end-grain…
March 1, 1986
Constructing a deck on the rocky coast of Maine presents the problem of accurately and quickly cutting tube forms so that they conform to exposed, irregular bedrock surfaces. Good-looking, strong…
November 1, 1985
A guide to the basics of deck construction.
September 1, 1985
The drawing shows my pier design for supporting decks and small buildings. The key to the system is the section of PVC drainpipe, which acts as both form and finish…
May 1, 1984
All walks, drives and patios should be constructed to ensure proper drainage. Concrete sidewalks are normally flat, but walks made of brick, tile or paving blocks should have a slight…
A primer on these touchstones of Neo-Classical architecture.
July 1, 1983
While installing a set of oak posts and guardrails, I ran into a problem; The ornamental post-caps were over 4 in. thick and required four screws to attach them to…
January 1, 1983
How to combine a deck with a roof that won't leak.
January 1, 1982
Tips from a restoration expert on deck construction, column building, and weatherproof design.
November 1, 1981
When our house was built in 1958, the plan included large decks on two sides. They were built conventionally: 2x8 joists set on 4-ft. centers covered with 2x6 planks set…
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