July-August 2013 Table of Contents

LETTERS Unsafe Sawing

In the photo, it appears that you have created a pinch point where the saw could kick back and could cause serious injury. Read more

Restoring a Round Porch Restoring a Round Porch

The plan? Retain as much of the original woodwork as possible, replace when necessary, and incorporate details to prevent future rot. Read more

STRUCTURE 2015 Deck Code Update

Here's a summary and analysis of proposed changes to deck-related code provisions in the IRC. Read more


I had insurance and resources that prevented relatively simple injuries from turning into serious financial problems. Can you say the same thing? Read more

Building a Cedar Pergola Building a Cedar Pergola

A pergola built with tapered columns and reverse-curve rafter tails dresses up a simple deck design Read more

Suspended Stairs Readers’ Tips Suspended Stairs

Instead of breaking your back digging footings for a short set of steps, hang the stairs from the framing Read more

Zip-Up UnderDeck PRODUCTS Zip-Up UnderDeck

PVC components provide a ceiling and drainage system below the deck Read more

Edgetite Paver-Edging Spikes PRODUCTS Edgetite Paver-Edging Spikes

The angled tip gives the spike more holding power against frost movement Read more

ChoiceDek Foundations Composite Rail PRODUCTS ChoiceDek Foundations Composite Rail

Updated version of a simple classic Read more

Better Job-Site Photos DECK LEDGER Better Job-Site Photos

These simple photo composition and editing tips will improve your project photos and upgrade your company's image Read more

Like Night and Day DAY’S END Like Night and Day

Lighting gives a deck a nightlife Read more

Angel-Guard Products Deck Demon TOOL KIT Angel-Guard Products Deck Demon

This ruggedly-built demo tool makes short work of deck board removal, and can pull nails too Read more

One Handrail or Two on Wide Stairs? Q&A One Handrail or Two on Wide Stairs?

Glenn Mathewson explains why a building inspector might suggest an additional handrail for an extra-wide staircase, but probably won't require it. Read more

Q&A Sizing Arbor and Pergola Framing

Framing for outdoor shade structures should be sized to support heavy plants, swings, and snow loads. Read more

Block Retaining Walls Block Retaining Walls

Segmental retaining wall systems made from precast concrete block look like natural stone but are stronger and easier to install Read more

Azek Column Wraps PRODUCTS Azek Column Wraps

Paintable white PVC wraps install without tools Read more

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