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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • Installing Over-the-Post Handrailing

    Correctly installed over-the-post handrails look great, but there's nothing worse than a botched job. A veteran installer describes the cutting and layout tips that help him create tight joints and smooth curves every time.

     
  • Water-Managed Wall Systems

    No siding is waterproof, and windows can leak. So we need a backup system, and building scientist Joseph Lstiburek has the details.

     
  • Repairing Wooden Fences

    A fence repair specialist explains the basics of a profitable remodeler's niche.

     
  • Retrofitting Basements

    Building restrictions in California are prompting homeowners who want more space to add on underneath the house. A concrete contractor tells how it's done.

     
  • Q&A: Exterior Ceilings

    Q. Patio covers are standard features of nearly every home built in the Phoenix area. Standard construction is wood frame with a drywall ceiling, taped, textured, and painted. Within ten years, the taping and texturing start to separate from the drywall. Retaping and texturing might make it last a...

     
  • A Pop-Top Shed Dormer

    A remodeler describes how he created a dormer by jacking up part of an existing roof instead of building it from scratch.

     
  • Making Curved Railings

    A finish carpenter tells how he used composite and plastic materials to provide low-maintenance exterior details on a period house.

     
  • Building a Deck Over Living Space

    This contractor gets double duty from a flat roof using a carefully installed EPDM membrane and good flashing details.

     
  • Notebook

    Canadian softwood dispute, mysterious IGU failures, Ford ads attract ire of wood industry, site-built shear-wall details, DeWalt saw recall, Business Tune-Up, more

     
  • Wood Composite Decking

    Whether solid or hollow in section, these products promise durability and low maintenance without cracks or splinters.