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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

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

Lateral Bracing for Decks
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Lateral Bracing for Decks

Clear guidance on the code’s messy lateral-load provision Read more

Prepping for Outdoor Patio Tile Installation
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Prepping for Outdoor Patio Tile Installation

Detail the substrate properly for a long-lasting floor. Read more

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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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Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there Read more

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