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More stories about Decks

  • Ipe Clip Fastener Co. Hardwood Wrench

    Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.

  • OSB Subfloor Over Decking?

    Q: We're building a four-season addition over an existing raised deck framed with PT lumber. Is it okay to install OSB subfloor sheathing directly over the wood decking, or should the decking be removed first?

  • 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.

  • Attaching Deck Ledgers to I-Joist Cantilevers

    When I-joists are cantilevered over the foundation wall rather than directly supported at the sill plate, can a deck ledger be safely attached to the engineered rim joist?

  • Fire-Safe Decking

    Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?

  • Milwaukee M12 Hackzall

    I've been using the Milwaukee 2420-22 Hackzall kit in my remodeling and deck-building business since late last summer.

  • Composite Decking Update

    Forget “no maintenance”: These products require periodic cleaning and upkeep to prevent mold stains.

  • Defining Your Niche Can Help in Downtimes

    I specialize in custom decks. I switched to this niche last winter, when my backlog of general remodeling work dried up and I had no jobs on the horizon. The suburbs of New York City — where my business is located — were hit hard by the economic downturn; many GCs I knew were going out of business.

  • New Deck Footings Near an Old Foundation

    Q. Plans for a freestanding deck call for new piers about 2 feet from the house foundation. Is it necessary to dig down to the bottom of the house's footing to reach undisturbed soil, or would the dirt around the foundation of a 60-year-old house be compacted enough to be con sidered undisturbed -...