Mike Guertin

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Fastening a Deck Ledger to I-Joists

Mike Guertin explains why it's critical to first determine if the rim board is... More

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Rules for Deck Stair Landings

Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be... More

An Ongoing Debate About Nail Gun Safety

You’ve heard from a professor and a desk-bound editor, now it’s time to hear from some carpenters. More

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Readers Comment on Decks, Joist Spans, and Faux Stone

Reader comments and author replies on "Strong, Safe Decks (Sep/13), continuous joists (Q&A, Oct/13), and stone veneer (Sep/13). More

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Tips For Building Deck Stairs

The stairs are one of the most important parts of a deck. If proper attention... More

Readers Comment on "Code-Compliant Guardrail Posts" (May/June 2011)

Readers write in about code-compliant guardrail posts More

Tool Test: Cordless Recip Saws

More than 10 years ago, I bought one of the first cordless recip saws, hoping it... More

Practical Green for Coastal Homes

As green building grabs the attention of otherwise cautious home buyers, so does... More

Sistered Joists; Post Attachment; Cable Railing

Sistered joists may foster rot; post attachment strength requirement; climbability of horizontal cable railings More

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