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Decks & Porches

  • 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.

     
  • Nova Scotia Deck Collapse Injures Fifteen

    A deck failure in coastal Canada illustrates the same structural weaknesses common to collapses along the U.S. coast.

     
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    Best Practices: Decks (Subscriber content)

    Over the years at JLC and our sister magazine, we have published dozens of articles focused on virtually every aspect of deck design, engineering, and construction.

     
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    Best Practices: Decks - Ledgers (Subscriber content)

    Improper sizing and fastening of the ledger board is the single biggest cause of deck failures.

     
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    Best Practices: Decks - Foundations

    Most decks can be supported by wood posts resting on concrete footings, piers, or a combination of the two.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking