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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • 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.

     
  • Letters

    Post-tension cables; fire damage; wrong railing test; skilled workers; radiant and geothermal; more

     
  • Tiling a Breezeway

    Q. I've been asked to tile the floor of an enclosed breezeway that gets tracked with a lot of dirt, leaves, and snow. Besides being subject to the temperature extremes found in Ohio, the existing concrete slab has a crack running across its width. Is porcelain tile the best option in this situation...

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking