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  • Removing Grade Stamps

    Though grade stamps are unattractive, there are reasons to leave them in place even after the decking has been installed

     
  • A doubled 2-by beamor girderattached to a deck ledger as shown here creates a point load that can cause the ledger to rotate outward and buckle. Even when the girder is hung directly from the rim joist, lateral-torsional buckling is possible if loads are high. Before considering this connection detail, consult with your inspector or an engineer.

    Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers

    When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders they hang from and the deck ledger or rim joist may need to be engineered

     
  • Ipe Decking Finishes

    When it comes to tropical hardwoods, forget everything you thought you knew about deck finishes

     
  • Attaching Stair Stringers

    Mike Guertin adds a key detail to Kim Katwijk's stairbuilding tips

     
  • Precast Deck Piers

    Deck builder and remodeler Mike Guertin tries out EZ-Tube precast pier sections to see how they compare to poured-in-place footings.

     

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    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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  • Removing Grade Stamps

    Though grade stamps are unattractive, there are reasons to leave them in place even after the decking has been installed

     
  • A doubled 2-by beamor girderattached to a deck ledger as shown here creates a point load that can cause the ledger to rotate outward and buckle. Even when the girder is hung directly from the rim joist, lateral-torsional buckling is possible if loads are high. Before considering this connection detail, consult with your inspector or an engineer.

    Connecting Girders to Deck Ledgers

    When deck joists run parallel to the house, the connection between the girders they hang from and the deck ledger or rim joist may need to be engineered

     
  • Ipe Decking Finishes

    When it comes to tropical hardwoods, forget everything you thought you knew about deck finishes

     
  • Attaching Stair Stringers

    Mike Guertin adds a key detail to Kim Katwijk's stairbuilding tips

     
  • Precast Deck Piers

    Deck builder and remodeler Mike Guertin tries out EZ-Tube precast pier sections to see how they compare to poured-in-place footings.

     
  • Sanding Dust Causes Fire

    Preventing hazards starts with being aware of what they are

     
  • Building a Commercial Deck

    A grid system held up by adjustable supports simplifies construction of this rooftop deck

     
  • Better Deck Piers Part 2

    Part 2: Best practices for forming and pouring concrete deck footings and piers

     
  • Doggone Deck

    Clever design makes this multifamily building's rooftop dog and dog-owner friendly

     
  • Concrete-Filled PVC Posts

    Using PVC as the form and fascia yields strong and durable stairway terminal posts

     
 
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