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  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

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

     
  • Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

    Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it

     
  • More on Deck Failures

    A code enforcement officer in the Buffalo, N.Y., area believes that most decks would fail if loaded to their code-required design capacity

     
  • Not a Replacement for Lateral Load Anchors

    Research at Washington State University shows that screwed joist hangers are stronger than nailed joist hangers and reinforce the potentially weak link at the joist-to-ledger connection

     
  • Porter-Cable Routers Recalled

    If you have a Porter-Cable fixed-base production router, stop using it until you can confirm it's not on a recall list. About 100,000 of the 3 1/2-horsepower routers have been recalled in the U.S., and another 7,800 in Canada, because of a possible shock hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

     

Porches & Pergolas

  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

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

     
  • Making Porch Floorboards Last

    Because of exposure to weather, porch floorboards may be one of the most vulnerable parts of an old house. Veteran restoration contractor Tom O'Brien shares what he's learned about how to make a porch rebuild last.

     
  • 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?

     
  • Phifer Insect Screens

    Upgrade your customer's outdoor living space by keeping the pests out

     
 

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  • Good Roof, Bad Stairs

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

     
  • Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

    Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it

     
  • More on Deck Failures

    A code enforcement officer in the Buffalo, N.Y., area believes that most decks would fail if loaded to their code-required design capacity

     
  • Not a Replacement for Lateral Load Anchors

    Research at Washington State University shows that screwed joist hangers are stronger than nailed joist hangers and reinforce the potentially weak link at the joist-to-ledger connection

     
  • Porter-Cable Routers Recalled

    If you have a Porter-Cable fixed-base production router, stop using it until you can confirm it's not on a recall list. About 100,000 of the 3 1/2-horsepower routers have been recalled in the U.S., and another 7,800 in Canada, because of a possible shock hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

     
  • Accoya Gets PR boost

    Acetylated wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies has been selected for use in a renovation of the German embassy in Washington, D.C. The company says Accoya will be used on both the 1960s-era embassy building and a semi-detached house. Accoya is used in a variety of outdoor applications...

     
  • AZEK Adds a New Decking Color

    AZEK Building Products has added a light-colored plank to its cellular PVC Deck Arbor collection. The company says the variegated "Hazelwood" decking was developed in response to current trends in hardscapes and exteriors. It's also good at camouflaging dirt, AZEK says.

     
  • Deck Collapse Injures Six

    Six people were hurt, some seriously, when a second-floor deck collapsed in Penn Forest Township, Pa., earlier this month. Officials said the poorly constructed deck failed during a child's birthday party. The injured, including some children, were trapped underneath the debris; some had to be...

     
  • Lateral Bracing for a Second-Story Deck

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

     
  • Edge Detail for Capped Composite Decking

    A less expensive alternative to installing a picture-frame border to conceal cut decking ends

     
 
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