Decks

  • Design and Build a Wood Deck for a Pergola Base

    Get 10 carpenters in a room and you’ll probably get 10 ways to build and detail a pergola. However, when it comes to the pergola’s base—what our furniture and feet touch every time we enter the cross-hatched shadows of the posts, girders and rafters—it’s safe to say everybody in the pretend group will opt for a hardscape. Cementitious or blue […]

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  • Select the Right Lumber

    Above Ground or Ground Contact? That is the Big Question Chances are, if you step into just about any backyard in any part of the country, you will find something made with preserved wood. You are likely to see a deck, a raised bed garden, a picnic table, or a children’s playset – all probably built with preserved wood. These […]

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  • Protecting Outdoor Wood

    By Matt Weber We’re all aware of the wonders of wood as a building material, but to preserve its natural good looks when used outdoors, it’s necessary to apply a stain/sealer to protect it from Mother Nature. From mold and ultraviolet rays to insect infestation and rot, the threats to wood are plentiful. Choosing the right sealant, prepping the wood […]

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  • Trends in Deck Building

    Give your Next Deck Project More Artistic Appeal By Matt Weber

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  • Repair for an Old Wooden Porch

                  Rescue an old wooden porch from the elements. By Clint C. Thomas, Esq.

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  • Installing New Deck Boards Over a Solid, Existing Frame

                      By Larry Walton I had been keeping this deck alive for several years with an occasional replacement board, some sanding,a little deck stain. I even trimmed the ends of a section of the cantilevered deck boards. But now the time had arrived to build a new deck. I started pulling off […]

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  • Deck Building Tips

                By Mark Clement Why do I love building wood decks so much? I think it’s because a well-crafted deck is more than a box and some boards on the back of a house. A lot more. Because I’m a contractor and a carpenter, I find that decks are part layout, part site work, and […]

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  • Upgrade your Deck

                  Quality treated wood and a hidden-fastener system give an old deck a facelift. When it came time to replace some rotted deck boards on a recent project, we chose to use high-quality, Above-Ground treated lumber and a hidden-fastener system to achieve a smooth nail-free surface that’s rot-resistant and friendly to bare feet. Here’s […]

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  • Create an Environmentally Friendly Backyard

                    Using natural materials and local resources can help you help the environment. By Charlie Jourdain Homeowners today pour a lot of energy and study into ways they can make their homes more environmentally friendly. Yet when it comes to maximizing the features that make the most of their environmental opportunities, many forget […]

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  • Deck Product Roundup

                    Ecolife Stabilized Wood Real wood is the most sustainable, renewable and economical decking and fencing option you can use, and Viance offers improved wood treatment solutions that allow the beauty of real wood to shine through. Ecolife Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood is fully protected against termite attack and decay, and the proprietary treatment also […]

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