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  • Wood Decks Still a Top Value

    Decks remain a solid value for homeowners looking to add comfort and value to their home, according to Remodeling's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report.

     
  • Column Wraps

    Extra-wide PVC wraps fit jumbo columns

     
  • Heavy-duty Structural Screws

    New fastener for piers and docks

     
  • Top 10 Safety Violations

    A lack of fall protection continues to top OSHA's list of most common safety violations on jobsites. In its annual report, OSHA also listed scaffolding, respiratory protection, and ladders among the agency's most pressing concerns for U.S. workers.

     
  • New Mileage Rates From IRS

    If you charge customers for job-related mileage, or include mileage deductions on your tax returns, you'll appreciate this heads up from the Internal Revenue Service. Beginning on January 1, the business rate went to 57.5 cents per mile, an increase of 1.5 cents over 2014 rates.

     

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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  • Wood Decks Still a Top Value

    Decks remain a solid value for homeowners looking to add comfort and value to their home, according to Remodeling's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report.

     
  • Column Wraps

    Extra-wide PVC wraps fit jumbo columns

     
  • Heavy-duty Structural Screws

    New fastener for piers and docks

     
  • Top 10 Safety Violations

    A lack of fall protection continues to top OSHA's list of most common safety violations on jobsites. In its annual report, OSHA also listed scaffolding, respiratory protection, and ladders among the agency's most pressing concerns for U.S. workers.

     
  • New Mileage Rates From IRS

    If you charge customers for job-related mileage, or include mileage deductions on your tax returns, you'll appreciate this heads up from the Internal Revenue Service. Beginning on January 1, the business rate went to 57.5 cents per mile, an increase of 1.5 cents over 2014 rates.

     
  • Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing

    Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will prevent structural problems later on.

     
  • DCA 6 Update

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

     
  • 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

     
  • Combining Decks and Patios

    Maintain a sense of privacy and easy egress from the house while also cost-effectively providing large entertainment spaces

     
 
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