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  • 10 New Products You'll See at DeckExpo

    Deck lighting and thermally modified wood are among the trends we'll be spotting at the show.

     
  • GRK Has New Deck Screw

    The Kameleon Composite Deck Screw from GRK Fasteners has features designed to reduce both driving resistance and splitting. Fasteners are code-approved for treated lumber and are now available in colors that match Trex Select decking, according to the company.

     
  • Demand for Decking to Grow

    Demand for decking in the U.S. is expected to rise 2.4% per year through 2018 to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to The Freedonia Group. The five-year period from 2008-2013 was "lackluster," the market analysis company said, but resurging residential construction should help push...

     
  • Gas Fireplaces Recalled

    Hearth & Home Technologies has recalled indoor and outdoor gas-burning appliances sold under a variety of trade names. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a gas valve in the units may leak, posing a fire hazard. If the model you've installed is among those listed at the CPSC site (see the...

     
  • Deck Collapse Injures Six

    A third-story deck on an apartment building in Halifax, Nova Scotia, collapsed late last month, sending six people to the hospital. One building official described construction as "flimsy," with the deck ledger nailed through the siding to the house. Diagonal bracing was supposed to help support...

     

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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  • 10 New Products You'll See at DeckExpo

    Deck lighting and thermally modified wood are among the trends we'll be spotting at the show.

     
  • GRK Has New Deck Screw

    The Kameleon Composite Deck Screw from GRK Fasteners has features designed to reduce both driving resistance and splitting. Fasteners are code-approved for treated lumber and are now available in colors that match Trex Select decking, according to the company.

     
  • Demand for Decking to Grow

    Demand for decking in the U.S. is expected to rise 2.4% per year through 2018 to a total of 3.5 billion lineal feet, according to The Freedonia Group. The five-year period from 2008-2013 was "lackluster," the market analysis company said, but resurging residential construction should help push...

     
  • Gas Fireplaces Recalled

    Hearth & Home Technologies has recalled indoor and outdoor gas-burning appliances sold under a variety of trade names. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a gas valve in the units may leak, posing a fire hazard. If the model you've installed is among those listed at the CPSC site (see the...

     
  • Deck Collapse Injures Six

    A third-story deck on an apartment building in Halifax, Nova Scotia, collapsed late last month, sending six people to the hospital. One building official described construction as "flimsy," with the deck ledger nailed through the siding to the house. Diagonal bracing was supposed to help support...

     
  • Building a Deck Above an AC Compressor

    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

     
 
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