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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.
Tool organizers from Festool, DeWalt, and Bosch. Choose which system best fits your needs depending on work style, budget, and level of customization.
For a perfect fit, pay attention to how the roof will be stacked when calculating lengths and laying out cuts.
For clients struggling with product selections, these materials and fixtures may help seal the deal
To cost-effectively meet air-sealing requirements for new construction, some leaks matter more than others. Recent research gives us some clues.
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