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

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

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Working With Helical Piers

Engineered steel piles are an affordable foundation option for small jobs and... More

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Building a Freestanding Deck

Solid bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free... More

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Safe and Durable Decks

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

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Replacing a ‘Deck House’ Deck

How a Midcentury Modern–style deck was restored to its former sleek aesthetic with... More

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When Hidden Defects Complicate a Simple Deck Replacement

That missing ledger flashing would lead to rotted sheathing was no surprise, but... More

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Decks Over Roofs

Doug Horgan's three field-tested methods for building durable, leakproof decks... More

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Decks Instruction

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Efficient Deck Building

Pros share their tips for working smarter, not harder. More

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Ipe Decking Finishes
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Deck Guardrails

Plain or fancy, a deck guardrail must meet minimum requirements for strength and... More

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