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  • Lumber Dealer Drops Above-Ground Treated PT Lumber

    A major mid-Atlantic lumber dealer is phasing out its above-ground rated PT decking, fencing, and dimensional lumber and replacing it with wood that is rated for ground-contact use.

     
  • Decking Pesticide Implicated in Honeybee Deaths

    Imidacloprid, a common pesticide used by some wood treaters in their non-copper preservative formulas, is harmful to honeybees even at very low concentrations, according to a recently-released EPA study.

     
  • Are Lumber Prices Headed Up?

    The expiration of a trade agreement on lumber between the U.S. and Canada is one of the uncertainties in the market these days. At the moment, prices are heading up after hitting a five-year low in September.

     
  • Field Test: Elastomeric Coatings for PT Decking

    After using SuperDeck Deck & Dock elastomeric coating to restore old pressure-treated wood decking, Vermont painting contractor Scott Burt reports on the results.

     
  • Removing Scratches From Composite Rails

    Automotive polishing and rubbing compounds can be used to fix scuffed and scratched composite railings and post sleeves

     

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?

     
 

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  • Lumber Dealer Drops Above-Ground Treated PT Lumber

    A major mid-Atlantic lumber dealer is phasing out its above-ground rated PT decking, fencing, and dimensional lumber and replacing it with wood that is rated for ground-contact use.

     
  • Decking Pesticide Implicated in Honeybee Deaths

    Imidacloprid, a common pesticide used by some wood treaters in their non-copper preservative formulas, is harmful to honeybees even at very low concentrations, according to a recently-released EPA study.

     
  • Are Lumber Prices Headed Up?

    The expiration of a trade agreement on lumber between the U.S. and Canada is one of the uncertainties in the market these days. At the moment, prices are heading up after hitting a five-year low in September.

     
  • Field Test: Elastomeric Coatings for PT Decking

    After using SuperDeck Deck & Dock elastomeric coating to restore old pressure-treated wood decking, Vermont painting contractor Scott Burt reports on the results.

     
  • Removing Scratches From Composite Rails

    Automotive polishing and rubbing compounds can be used to fix scuffed and scratched composite railings and post sleeves

     
  • A Chat With Trex's New CEO

    Jim Cline, who took over as Trex CEO in August, discusses the turnaround that improved efficiency, increased earnings, and solved quality problems with first-generation wood-plastic composites.

     
  • Where Decking Comes From

    Brent Gwatney of MoistureShield discusses the factors behind development of new plastic and composite decking, including changing consumer tastes for color and texture, a desire to make the decking easier to install, and the need to stand out in a competitive building-materials market.

     
  • Remodeling by Zip Code

    The National Association of Home Builders is offering a summary of home-improvement spending by zip code. The full report, giving remodelers a glimpse of where remodeling is most likely, costs $699. A less-detailed state summary is free.

     
  • Lawsuit Filed in Berkeley Balcony Collapse

    A negligence lawsuit filed in the fatal collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, Calif., in June claims tenants of the apartment complained to building managers that mushrooms were growing on the balcony, a sure sign that water had infiltrated the framing.

     
  • Ipe Question and Answer Session

    Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar of Prep to Finish tackle questions about ipe, captured on video during their class at the 2015 Deck Expo in Chicago.

     
 
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