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    Provide enough clearance for the unit to operate properly and to allow workers to safely access it for maintenance and repair

     
  • These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

    Custom Railings

    While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs.

     
  • GreenTek Tools Demo-Dek Demolition Tool

    For speedy deck demo, this tough tool is hard to beat

     
  • Burned Decking

    Sunlight reflected from distorted window glass burns an arc pattern into Trex decking

     
  • 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

     

Porches & Pergolas

  • 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?

     
  • Phifer Insect Screens

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

     
 

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