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Solid, classy, wrought-iron rails
Made specifically for fastening multiple trusses and engineered-wood assemblies, Strong-Drive SDW screws can be used to join up to four plies of 2-by or 1 3/4-inch-thick materials from one side of the assembly.
Co-extruded decking is made with a plastic shell, but Trex leaves the plastic off the bottom of Transcend boards so that moisture can escape and the surface can accept adhesives.
Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins.
You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker, because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible.
A steep slope and a tight lot call for some imaginative foundation solutions.
Joining stair handrail sections requires painstaking fitting and fastening, but the EasAlign system by Crown Heritage can make the job easier.
A list of companies that offer deck-rail kits, plus links to their products
These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.
I'm rehabbing an old brick house in Charleston, W.V. I want to insulate the exterior walls, which are balloon-framed with 2x4s, unsheathed, and finished with brick. There's a 1- to 2-inch air space between the 11/2-story-high frame wall and the brick siding, and a weep system at the base of the...
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