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It’s easier than you think to bend steel and dress it up with flexible PVC trim


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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration makes a number of recommendations to help outdoor workers cope successfully with summer's...

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    RDI says its new railing designer app, which can be downloaded for free, offers builders and homeowners a way to visualize different...

  • Sunny Forecast for Decking Market

    The U.S. decking market is expected to reach $7.1 Billion by 2020. The demand for wood decking should increase by a 1.3% annual rate, while...

  • A Close Call With a Saw

    A veteran carpenter describes what happened when his hand accidentally came in contact with a spinning saw blade. Fortunately for him, the...

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    Simpson Strong-Tie is one of several sponsors of the International Code Council's 2016 Building Safety Month, which wraps up at the end of...


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    Contributing editor Kim Katwijk traveled to South Africa last winter to see how decks are built there. He learned that the harsh climate...


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