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JLC Field Guide: Decks

Building outdoor decks can be a profitable business for builders and remodelers. But you have to get the details right to avoid failures from weak structural connections, weathering and corrosion.

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Building Safer Decks
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Building Safer Decks

Decks have seen little attention from building codes over the years, despite the... Read more

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Building Distinctive Decks

A deck specialist explains the details that make his work stand apart from the competition. Read more

Coastal Resources: Safe and Durable Coastal Decks
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Coastal Resources: Safe and Durable Coastal Decks

A casual inspection of just about any wooden boardwalk or ocean-side deck provides... Read more

Fiberglassing an Exterior Deck
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Fiberglassing an Exterior Deck

An easy-to-install weatherproof deck surface that you can walk on Read more

New Columns for an Old Porch
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New Columns for an Old Porch

A New England contractor gives a classic front entry a facelift by replacing the... Read more

Craftsman Porch Columns for an Island Home
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Craftsman Porch Columns for an Island Home

JLC visits a jobsite on Peaks Island, Maine, to see the crew trim out a front... Read more

Decks Instruction

Reducing Road Noise on a Deck
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Reducing Road Noise on a Deck

It's a bit more complicated than planting a row of shrubs. Read more

Attaching a Deck to SIPs
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Attaching a Deck to SIPs

Though it is possible to beef up a SIP in order to attach a deck ledger, the best... Read more

Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim
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Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim

The 2015 IRC allows a 1-inch-maximum sheathing thickness between the ledger and... Read more

Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck
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Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck

Specialty building components expert Mike Rand provides pointers on constructing... Read more

Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps
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Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps

Bringing a 10-year-old redwood deck back to health requires more than a quick... Read more

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Corrosion-Resistant Fasteners and Connectors
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Corrosion-Resistant Fasteners and Connectors

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