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A guide to best practices for product selection, installation, and repair of vinyl siding. How to identify better-quality products, and minimize problems by using sound installation and repair techniques.
Over the years at JLC and our sister magazine, we have published dozens of articles focused on virtually every aspect of deck design, engineering, and construction.
Improper sizing and fastening of the ledger board is the single biggest cause of deck failures.
Most decks can be supported by wood posts resting on concrete footings, piers, or a combination of the two.
Here are some rules of thumb for bracing and sizing framing members for simple deck designs.
Plain or fancy, a deck guardrail must meet minimum requirements for strength and safety.
By code in most jurisdictions, a deck stairway must be at least 36 inches wide.
It wasn't surprising that accumulated errors had added up to make the assembled cabinet unit too big to fit.
Asphalt-impregnated felt — aka tar paper — enjoyed a 100-year run as the preeminent roofing and siding underlayment.
While some old pros are sticking with organic felts because they're low-priced and breathable, many are moving to synthetics for greater flexibility
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