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A Path to Safer Balconies

These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

Rebuilding a Brick Patio

Brick pavers installed in a mortar bed over a membrane-protected concrete slab are an attractive and durable hardscaping option for warmer climates

Down on the Boardwalk

This public boardwalk was built over wetlands, so it required heavy-duty framing supported by helical piles to minimize environmental impact on this sensitive site.


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    It's going to be tougher to find treated wood rated for above-ground uses at your local lumberyard. A survey by Pro Sales magazine finds a...

  • New Bosch Saw Finally Available?

    Bosch says it will begin selling a table saw with flesh-sensing safety technology on June 1. Introduction of the REAXX, which will retail...

  • Hot-Tub Cornucopia

    Utah-based hot-tub-manufacturer Bullfrog Spas has assembled a collection of 63 design ideas for backyard hot-tub installations. The blog...

  • OSHA Rules on Silica Dust

    OSHA has released new guidelines that lower the amount of silica dust that workers may be exposed to while on the job. Industry trade...

  • Coastal Deck Repairs

    Property management companies and homeowners in Emerald Isle, N.C., have inspected and repaired more than 150 decks in the oceanfront...

  • Paverdeck Now in Menards

    Ontario-based Casata Technologies says it has found a U.S. retailing partner in Menards. The galvanized steel deck components are designed...


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In this issue: Safer Balconies — Curved Steel Stairs — Brick Paver Patio


In this Issue

  • Railings for Grade-Level Decks

    Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were

  • City Lights

    Multiple levels, subtle lighting, and a low-profile stainless-steel cable railing are three strategies used to optimize nighttime views of...

  • with sips, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

    You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to add a deck to a SIPs house your best bet is to build a...



  • 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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