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  • Home for a Bear

    Maintenance workers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., resorted to firecrackers to drive three bears from beneath a deck where they were apparently settling in for the winter. The bears were happy to leave, but they had already damaged electrical wiring for nearby hot tubs as well as insulation, the...

     
  • Digger Expands Distribution

    Wolf will distribute Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) railing, columns, and other products to East Coast customers under an agreement announced in mid-December. Products will include Westbury aluminum railing, ScreenRail, DSI columns, aluminum handrails and Magena Star lighting.

     
  • An App for Bad Decks

    A Nova Scotia college student injured in the collapse of a deck in September is one of several design students working on an app that could warn other students about properties with poor maintenance records. Users will be able to search by property or landlord and check icons to see what others...

     
  • DCA 6 Update

    New provisions in the 2012 IRC lead to important changes in this popular deck design guide

     
  • One-Day Class on Fall Protection

    The National Roofing Contractors Association is offering one-day classes on fall protection in eight cities around the country in 2015, beginning with a January 15 session in Fairfax, Va. The course looks at fall-protection systems and current OSHA requirements and includes hands-on demonstrations...

     

Porches & Pergolas

  • Worker Dies as Porch Fails

    One worker was killed and another seriously injured when a third-story porch they were working on collapsed in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Authorities said the job entailed rebuilding the entire structure, but the permit pulled for the job covered only the replacement of worn decking, The...

     
  • 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

     
 

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  • Home for a Bear

    Maintenance workers in Steamboat Springs, Colo., resorted to firecrackers to drive three bears from beneath a deck where they were apparently settling in for the winter. The bears were happy to leave, but they had already damaged electrical wiring for nearby hot tubs as well as insulation, the...

     
  • Digger Expands Distribution

    Wolf will distribute Digger Specialties Inc. (DSI) railing, columns, and other products to East Coast customers under an agreement announced in mid-December. Products will include Westbury aluminum railing, ScreenRail, DSI columns, aluminum handrails and Magena Star lighting.

     
  • An App for Bad Decks

    A Nova Scotia college student injured in the collapse of a deck in September is one of several design students working on an app that could warn other students about properties with poor maintenance records. Users will be able to search by property or landlord and check icons to see what others...

     
  • DCA 6 Update

    New provisions in the 2012 IRC lead to important changes in this popular deck design guide

     
  • One-Day Class on Fall Protection

    The National Roofing Contractors Association is offering one-day classes on fall protection in eight cities around the country in 2015, beginning with a January 15 session in Fairfax, Va. The course looks at fall-protection systems and current OSHA requirements and includes hands-on demonstrations...

     
  • Trex Expands Railing Line

    Trex announced it was adding aluminum gates and ADA-compliant secondary handrails to its existing lineup of railing products. Gates can be customized to fit any opening up to 48 inches wide and are available in three colors. The aluminum handrails come with a powder-coated finish and have a 25-year...

     
  • Worker Dies as Porch Fails

    One worker was killed and another seriously injured when a third-story porch they were working on collapsed in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Authorities said the job entailed rebuilding the entire structure, but the permit pulled for the job covered only the replacement of worn decking, The...

     
  • 22 Injured in Deck Collapse

    More than two dozen people were crowded onto a deck in Greenville County, S.C., for a Thanksgiving family photo when the structure gave way, spilling all of them onto a concrete surface 15 feet below. Authorities said 22 people were taken to the hospital, six with serious injuries.

     
  • Stihl 36-volt Cordless Chain Saw

    Cut landscaping timbers, posts, and beams faster and straighter with this quiet, battery-powered chain saw.

     
  • Tiling a Deck

    Fiberglass grating is a sturdy, drainable substrate option for exterior stone and ceramic tile

     
 
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