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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • Design: Rose-Covered Cottages

    Rose-Covered Cottages

     
  • Low Country Rx: Wet Floodproofing

    Regardless of what the flood maps say today, the statistics show that flood zones will likely change during the service life of a home, making flooding an often inevitable consequence of coastal living. The answer, says building scientist Joseph Lstiburek, is to use drainable, dryable assemblies...

     
  • Making Guardrails Look Good

    An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves.

     
  • Installing an Over-the-Post Handrail - Part One

    Simple-to-make railing stands allow accurate assembly right in position.

     
  • Building a Stone Retaining Wall

    Fully settled subsoils, a well-compacted base of crushed stone, and good drainage are essential for long-lasting results.

     
  • Products

    Synthetic roof underlayments; deck railings; fireplaces

     
  • Anchoring a Railing To Stone

    Q. Anchoring a Railing To Stone I need to secure the base of a wrought-iron handrail to an exterior granite landing. My plan is to drill holes into the stone and use anchors. What's the best way to do this without cracking the stone, and what should I use for anchors? I am concerned that wedge...

     
  • 2005 JLC Index

    Our annual listing of features and departments

     
  • Not Just a Pretty Face

    While curb appeal still holds some cachet with buyers, it's what lies beneath a beautiful facade that really counts in the long run. Ted Cushman reports on the hard-won experience of Smokey Saduk, who has pioneered the use of low-maintenance synthetics backed by an impeccable weather barrier to...

     
  • Innovative Products 2005

    Our annual pick of products designed to help you work smarter, faster, and better.