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Decks & Porches

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    Grabber Joist Jaws

    Framers and deck builders struggling to position long joists can give themselves an extra hand with Joist Jaws by Grabber.

     
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    PAM Fastening E-Z Driver

    The E-Z Driver is a simple but useful drill accessory for fastening deck boards or squeezing screws into awkward spots where you can use only one hand.

     
  • Dry Deck Over Living Space

    A multilayer cementitious coating provides a walkable waterproof surface with a Class A rating.

     
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    Custom-Carved Corbels

    As part of a job finishing a side-porch addition to a Victorian home, I had to reproduce six decorative corbels.

     
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    Ipe Clip Fastener Co. Hardwood Wrench

    Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.

     
  • OSB Subfloor Over Decking?

    Q: We're building a four-season addition over an existing raised deck framed with PT lumber. Is it okay to install OSB subfloor sheathing directly over the wood decking, or should the decking be removed first?

     
  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    A list of companies that offer deck-rail kits, plus links to their products

     
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    Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.

     
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    Safe installation of basement water heaters; galvanized pipe for gas; painting old porch floors

     
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    On the Job

    An unlikely window; bench bump-outs expand a narrow porch

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking