October 2017 Table of Contents

Durable Deck Details Durable Deck Details

Practical advice from deck builders and building scientists on how to build better, longer-lasting decks. Read more

Installing Site-Built Under-Deck Drainage Installing Site-Built Under-Deck Drainage

Mike Guertin shows how to build a cost-effective under-deck drainage system using an EPDM roofing membrane and off-the-shelf gutter parts. Read more

Upgrading a Cable Railing Upgrading a Cable Railing

Coastal conditions call for extra steps to fight corrosion Read more

Readers' Tips
Rethinking Deck Joist Layout Rethinking Deck Joist Layout

Fine-tune your joist spacing to fit your decking, rather than cutting your decking to fit the layout. Read more

Composite 2X4 Composite 2X4

Armadillo Brings Back Composite 2X4 Decking Read more

Plug-And-Play Lighting Plug-And-Play Lighting

Wolf Adds Deck And Rail Lighting To Its Lineup Read more

Metal Fence Post Bracket Simpson strong-tie’s compact metal brackets make tt easy to fasten wood fence rails to metal posts Metal Fence Post Bracket
Tension Tool Tension Tool

Feeney’s CableRail tensioning tool promises faster, easier cable installation. Read more

Faster Hidden Fasteners Faster Hidden Fasteners

Duralife’s new step-clip hidden fastening system promises quicker, easier installation Read more

Bare Plugs Bare Plugs

Starborn now offers a plug-only option for its pro plug system Read more

Day's End
Privacy Act Privacy Act

Blue spruces once screened an extraordinary water feature in the front yard of this Eden Prairie, Minn., home from the street and neighbors. But the 30-year-old spruces started dying, and the homeowners weren’t willing to wait years for a new row of trees to mature and fill in. Since the city wouldn’t permit the family to put up a tall privacy fence, we replaced the trees with a series of freestanding timber-framed architectural panels and a space-saving barn-door entry gate. Read more

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