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Other stories by Stephen Quarles

  • Fire-Safe Decking

    Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?

  • Q&A: Velvety Wood Decay

    Q: When inspecting the porch floor joists of an 1880s farmhouse in Illinois, I was surprised to see that the joists and the underside of the tongue-and-groove fir decking appeared velvety, and looked like they were covered with matted dog hair. The surfac

  • Q&A: Identifying Poria Fungus

    Q: While renovating a home in New Jersey, I found a fungus-like growth a few inches long growing between the tile floor and the base molding in the bathroom. The house is on a concrete slab. Is there anywhere I can have this growth tested to see if it is poria?