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  • Dressing Up Support Posts

    Even though 6x6 support posts are structurally adequate for most decks, they can look jarringly unfinished as well as skinny and out of proportion.

  • Kava Hut ... Philly-Style

    Polynesian influence feels right at home on a deck in Philadelphia

  • Installing a Patio Cover

    Add value and useful living space to a deck with an aluminum-framed enclosure topped by acrylic panels

  • Dream Deck Becomes Nightmare

    Dave and Ann Hartwig had hoped their six-level deck would be a great place to relax. But after building the structure without required permits, and failing to make improvements requested by officials in Wausau, Wisc., they're looking at $240,000 in fines and the risk of jail.

  • Cable-Ready Posts

    The Vertebrace is pre-threaded for cable connections and accepts a 4x4 PVC or composite post sleeve

  • Jacuzzi Hot Tubs

    While your clients might prefer to be in the hot tub rather than taking advantage of its remote operating capabilities, the J-500 line has a lot of other hot features

  • When Bubba Bids on Your Plans and Specs

    Developing plans and specs for a job takes time and expertise. When a prospective customer takes that information to one of your competitors, you run the risk of losing the job. Shawn McCadden suggests how to avoid this problem.

  • The Trick to Staying Out of Court

    It's not always possible to stay out of court when a job goes sour. But construction attorney Alex Barthet has some tips that should keep your stay in the courtroom very brief if it ever comes to that.

  • Post Flashing

    A new PVC collar protects rail posts from moisture in the Trex RainEscape under-deck drainage system

  • Deck Lighting Boosts Sales

    Showing prospective customers nighttime photos of your illuminated deck projects will help convert them into clients

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