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  • Craftsman Porch Columns

    Ted Cushman of Coastal Connection follows progress at a Peaks Island, Maine, renovation as the work crew builds Craftsman-style columns for the front porch. The tapered uppers and shingle-clad lowers are detailed to handle dimensional changes in the structural 6x6 posts.

     
  • Carpenters Hurt in Deck Collapse

    Three carpenters were injured earlier this month when a third-floor deck they were preparing to remove collapsed. Two of the men were hospitalized.

     
  • Wahoo Decks Offers New Deck Design Guide

    Wahoo Decks is offering a free guide for homeowners who want to design their own outdoor living areas. It offers information on Wahoo Deck product lines for framing, drainage and waterproofing as well as general tips on creating a deck plan and hiring a contractor. The guide is a free download.

     
  • Deck Collapse Injures 26

    Some two dozen members of an extended family were hurt over the 4th of July weekend in Emerald Isle, N.C., when a deck failed and fell some 10 feet to the ground. Two were listed in critical condition. Local officials said fasteners had been weakened by exposure to salt and moisture at the...

     
  • Pavers for Rooftop Decks

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

     

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?

     
 

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  • Craftsman Porch Columns

    Ted Cushman of Coastal Connection follows progress at a Peaks Island, Maine, renovation as the work crew builds Craftsman-style columns for the front porch. The tapered uppers and shingle-clad lowers are detailed to handle dimensional changes in the structural 6x6 posts.

     
  • Carpenters Hurt in Deck Collapse

    Three carpenters were injured earlier this month when a third-floor deck they were preparing to remove collapsed. Two of the men were hospitalized.

     
  • Wahoo Decks Offers New Deck Design Guide

    Wahoo Decks is offering a free guide for homeowners who want to design their own outdoor living areas. It offers information on Wahoo Deck product lines for framing, drainage and waterproofing as well as general tips on creating a deck plan and hiring a contractor. The guide is a free download.

     
  • Deck Collapse Injures 26

    Some two dozen members of an extended family were hurt over the 4th of July weekend in Emerald Isle, N.C., when a deck failed and fell some 10 feet to the ground. Two were listed in critical condition. Local officials said fasteners had been weakened by exposure to salt and moisture at the...

     
  • 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

     
 
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