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  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

    Azek's composite pavers stand up to ground contact, but are light enough to use on a roof

     
  • Thermally Modified Decking

    It's heat-treated to be rot-resistant and dimensionally stable, but how does it actually perform? Here are some reports from the field.

     
  • Weight of Concrete Footings

    Prescriptive foundation sizing guidelines are based on bearing area and don’t account for the weight of the concrete used to form deep footings and piers. But should they?

     
  • Bad Deck-Ledger Behavior?

    A reader questions whether a point load on a deck ledger can actually cause a catastrophic failure of the ledger

     
  • More Details on Sizing Footings

    Loren Ross of the AWC corrects a span error in Mike Guertin's "Better Deck Piers" article (Feb/March 2015), and addresses changes to footing- and beam-span sizing tables in the DCA6

     

Porches & Pergolas

  • Getting Into Hardscaping

    Expand your deck business by partnering with a patio contractor

     
  • Simpson Strong-Tie PPBZ Post Base

    This structural connector allows the posts supporting the roof framing to be installed before the slab is poured, without the need for temporary supports

     
  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

    A short riser in a photo in an article on roofs catches a reader's attention

     
  • Making Porch Floorboards Last

    During many years as a restoration contractor, I bet I’ve replaced over a mile of rotten porch floorboards. Today’s fast-growth lumber has very little natural resistance to rot, so it’s vital that you completely seal the boards before they’re installed.

     
  • Designing Porch Roofs

    Shed roofs are easy to frame, but gable roofs offer more design options

     
  • Flooring an L-Shaped Porch

    What’s the best way to frame a T&G fir floor on an L-shaped porch to get sufficient slope for drainage in both directions?

     
 

All Design & Construction Articles


  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

    Azek's composite pavers stand up to ground contact, but are light enough to use on a roof

     
  • Thermally Modified Decking

    It's heat-treated to be rot-resistant and dimensionally stable, but how does it actually perform? Here are some reports from the field.

     
  • Weight of Concrete Footings

    Prescriptive foundation sizing guidelines are based on bearing area and don’t account for the weight of the concrete used to form deep footings and piers. But should they?

     
  • Bad Deck-Ledger Behavior?

    A reader questions whether a point load on a deck ledger can actually cause a catastrophic failure of the ledger

     
  • More Details on Sizing Footings

    Loren Ross of the AWC corrects a span error in Mike Guertin's "Better Deck Piers" article (Feb/March 2015), and addresses changes to footing- and beam-span sizing tables in the DCA6

     
  • Square Cuts on Round Footing Forms

    Tips and techniques for making accurate cuts on cardboard tube forms used for concrete deck piers

     
  • Foolproof Cable Railings

    Stainless steel cable is a versatile infill choice for wood, aluminum, and steel rail systems, but make sure the posts and rails are properly designed and installed to support the extra tension loads

     
  • Helping Hands for Solo Framing

    When you're framing a pergola solo, strap-on plastic post levels and a couple of well-designed braces make the job much easier

     
  •         Custom Stairs Built by David Bullene

    Curve Appeal

    This redwood deck features a curved stair with a laminated handrail and vertical stair risers

     
  • Ladder Safety Reminder

    A fall from a stepladder can result in serious injury, so make sure you're using it properly

     
 
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