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Decks & Porches

  • In frozen ground, a pile can be driven normally after the ground is warmed using a proprietary heating rod.

    Helical Pile Foundations

    Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012.

     
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    Dressing up Porch Posts With PVC (Subscriber content)

    Pre-fabrication on the work bench makes wrapping porch posts with PVC trim fast and easy.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
  • Readers Comment on Decks, Joist Spans, and Faux Stone

    Reader comments and author replies on "Strong, Safe Decks (Sep/13), continuous joists (Q&A, Oct/13), and stone veneer (Sep/13).

     
  • Lee Unlimited Power Bench (Subscriber content)

    This stand won a Editors’ Choice Award from Tools of the Trade magazine in 2002 because it unfolded in a minute to become a long and sturdy 18-inch-wide stand, and it had an adjustable deck height to accommodate almost any saw.

     
  • Trex Pebble Gray Decking and Railing

    This Trex decking, which is part of the company's Select Composite system, mimics the natural graying of wood often seen on homes near the ocean.

     
  • Georgia Releases New Code For Deck Construction

    Georgia will start enforcing the 2012 International Building Code on January first. But the new rules for deck building will be Georgia’s own version.

     
  • DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App (Subscriber content)

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

     
  • Letters: Framing, Guardrails, Retrofit Toilets …

    Readers sound off about the International Residential Code, deck framing, recessed can covers, and more.

     
  • Tips For Building Deck Stairs

    The stairs are one of the most important parts of a deck. If proper attention isn't paid to how they are built, they can be both hazardous and look out of place. Here are some tips on how to build stairs correctly.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking