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Railing Manufacturers Want Your Business Railing Manufacturers Want Your Business

In a market dominated by site-built wood railings, makers of manufactured...

Installing a Composite Rail Kit Installing a Composite Rail Kit

Prefabricated components take the guesswork out of building good-looking railings...

Adding Curves to a Steel-Frame Deck Adding Curves to a Steel-Frame Deck

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

A Path to Safer Balconies A Path to Safer Balconies

These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

Rebuilding a Brick Patio Rebuilding a Brick Patio

Brick pavers installed in a mortar bed over a membrane-protected concrete slab are...

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Foolproof Guard Posts Foolproof Guard Posts

You don't need an engineered design or a lot of special hardware to install strong guard posts Read more

Making Decks Safer
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Making Decks Safer

Regular inspections are a smart way to extend the life of a wood deck and keep... Read more

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New PDB Website Gets Responsive

The shift toward mobile is one of the driving factors behind this relaunch of our...

Coastal Community Addresses Safety Concerns

Two well-publicized deck collapses in a North Carolina coastal vacation community...

Most Builders Still Don't Use Drones

Relatively few single-family homebuilders report using photographic drones to...

Deck Collapse Injures Eight

Twenty guests at a July 4th celebration on Massachusetts' Martha's Vineyard were...

Over-the-Top Decks

Interest in decks among luxury homebuyers is growing, and decks are getting bigger...

Deck Fire Blamed on Reflected Sunlight

A deck fire at a Vancouver, Washington home was caused by reflected sunlight from...

Learn How to Build Curved Decks

Learn how to bend composite decking and meet fellow deckbuilder in an informal...

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How Neat Do Joist Hangers Need to Be

A framing crew left gaps between the seats on some hangers and the joist bottoms. Can they be shimmed or do they need to be reinstalled? Read more

Pier Protection
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Pier Protection

Using contractor trash bags as drop cloths around footings makes cleanup fast and... Read more

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Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House
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Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to... Read more

Railings for Grade-Level Decks
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Railings for Grade-Level Decks

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

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Extra Steps Needed to Prevent Rot and Corrosion

While not required by code, deck framing and metal hardware that is primed and painted prior to installation will be better protected from rot and corrosion Read more

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