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Jim Finlay

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Building a Freestanding Deck Building a Freestanding Deck

Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free structure. Read more

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Mixing Oil and Water Mixing Oil and Water

Cabot's new water-based ATO stain doesn't look like much in the can, but it outperforms previous oil-based versions of this popular mahogany decking finish. Read more

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Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck

Are there alternatives to using the lateral-load anchors described in the IRC? Read more

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Lateral Bracing Alternatives Lateral Bracing Alternatives

Anchoring decks to the foundation rather than to the interior framing simplifies a finicky detail Read more

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