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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Find the Right Accountant

    Seven ways to avoid making a costly choice

  • 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.

  • Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing

    Improved quality and durability has fueled demand for fencing that’s not made of wood

  • A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country

    A steel moment frame and plenty of lateral reinforcement were the keys to resisting seismic forces

  • Insect Shield Bug-Repellant Work Apparel

    Shirts, socks, caps, and more keep pests away even after repeated washing

  • Online Reviews Aren't Going Anywhere

    Online reviews are out there, whether you want them to be or not—and they will influence the reputation of you and your business. What's important is knowing the real from the fake and understanding when you should ignore them or take action.

  • Judge Gives Preliminary OK to Fiberon Settlement

    A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania has given preliminary approval to a class-action settlement involving certain Fiberon composite decking.

  • Keeping a Lid on Workers' Comp Costs

    Have an effective safety program, properly classify your employees, and make sure your subs carry their own workers’ comp coverage

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