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  • A Path to Safer Balconies

    These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

     
  • Night Lights

    A deck builder shares this tip for hanging a string of patio lights from a simple valance surrounding the perimeter of the deck

     
  • With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

    You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to add a deck to a SIPs house your best bet is to build a freestanding deck and anchor it to the structure or foundation with special metal brackets.

     
  • Railings for Grade-Level Decks

    Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were

     
  • Review: Collomix Xo 4 Portable Power Mixer

    The Collomix Xo 4 is a heavy-duty low-speed drill that can be used to mix up batches of mortar, concrete, and other heavy materials

     

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


  • A Path to Safer Balconies

    These tricky cantilevered structures demand careful framing and waterproofing details

     
  • Night Lights

    A deck builder shares this tip for hanging a string of patio lights from a simple valance surrounding the perimeter of the deck

     
  • With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Connecting a Deck to a SIPs House

    You can't fasten a ledger to most structural insulated panels, so if you want to add a deck to a SIPs house your best bet is to build a freestanding deck and anchor it to the structure or foundation with special metal brackets.

     
  • Railings for Grade-Level Decks

    Even when a guardrail is not required by code, build it as if it were

     
  • Review: Collomix Xo 4 Portable Power Mixer

    The Collomix Xo 4 is a heavy-duty low-speed drill that can be used to mix up batches of mortar, concrete, and other heavy materials

     
  • City Lights

    Multiple levels, subtle lighting, and a low-profile stainless-steel cable railing are three strategies used to optimize nighttime views of New York City's skyline from this ipe deck.

     
  • Extra Steps Needed to Prevent Rot and Corrosion

    While not required by code, deck framing and metal hardware that is primed and painted prior to installation will be better protected from rot and corrosion

     
  • Hollow-Core Vinyl Decking

    EverNew deck planks from CertainTeed have a non-slip raised-ridge surface

     
  • Thicker Trim

    Kleer 2x PVC boards and sheets are manufactured in 2-by lumber dimensions

     
  • Cord Connectors

    This clever system consists of a hardened plastic shell and a pair of rubber cord stops, and will prevent you from accidentally disconnecting from an extension cord.

     
 
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