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Understanding Your Photo Rights

When you're posting photos on your website, understanding copyright laws and the principles of Fair Use will help you protect your rights and avoid legal hot water.

Solving the Stair Post Connection Dilemma

The bottom newel posts on a set of porch or deck stairs have to be able to withstand 200-lb. lateral loads, and in some areas have to be supported by footings that bear on undisturbed ground below the frostline. Here are two options for handling this tricky detail.

Next, we poured a sample of each finish into our drilled holes to a depth of 14 inch and let the samples stand for four weeks.

Finishes: Penetrating or Film-Forming?

How deeply do these finishes penetrate wood?


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In this issue: Deck Stain Endurance Test — Porch Column Retrofit — Photographing Your Work


In this Issue

  • The Great Stain Shoot-Out

    Twenty-two finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking - here's what we learned at the midpoint of our testing.

  • Accurate Ballpark Budgeting

    Get better estimates by using this practical calculator that is based on your actual costs, rather than simply bidding your jobs on a...

  • Better Deck Photos

    You don't have to hire a pro to get great photos of your best projects



  • Decks in South Africa

    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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    Pros and DIYers are welcome on this industry-sponsored online forum, where frequent participants can earn points towards tools


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