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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms

    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.

     
  • Cold-Bend Hardwood Boards - No Steaming Required

    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.

     
  • Adding Underneath a Hillside Home

    A steep slope and a tight lot call for some imaginative foundation solutions.

     
  • Crown Heritage EasAlign Handrail Joiner

    Joining stair handrail sections requires painstaking fitting and fastening, but the EasAlign system by Crown Heritage can make the job easier.

     
  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    A list of companies that offer deck-rail kits, plus links to their products

     
  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.

     
  • Retrofitting a Brick Wall With Insulation

    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...

     
  • Lobo Products Bib Bob T-Post Driver/Puller

    Putting a temporary fence around your job site can mean pounding in a lot of T-posts.

     
  • Is It Safe to Retrofit Exterior Foam Insulation?

    Q: I built a lot of homes in upstate New York in the 1980s using 2x6 studs, fiberglass batts, and a poly vapor retarder for the shell. Given the rising cost of heating and cooling, the owners are asking about energy upgrades to their walls. I'd like to suggest adding 1 or 2 inches of rigid foam on...

     
  • Rescuing a Manufactured-Stone Wall

    A properly flashed water-resistant drainage plane is essential when installing stone veneer over a wood-framed wall.