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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...

     
  • The Best Construction Vehicles

    A total of 599 Tools of the Trade readers answered a survey earlier this year about the type of vehicles and trailers they used on the job. The results are in.

     
  • Easing Financial Anxiety

    A variety of circumstances can induce financial anxiety among builders, including ignorance about the true costs of being in business and not knowing what types of projects are the real money-makers. In this Journal of Light Construction feature, Shawn McCadden offers some advice on how to avoid...

     
  • Students Injured in Deck Collapse

    A half-dozen students were injured when a second-floor deck collapsed in an apartment complex in a Baltimore, Md., suburb. One of the students suffered severe injuries, according to news reports, when he was pinned beneath the debris. It's not clear from the news photo just how the deck was...

     
  • Feeney Opens Distribution Center in East

    The cable-rail-system manufacturer said the opening of its 87,000-square-foot distribution center in Cranbury, N.J., will reduce shipping costs and speed the delivery of orders to dealers by several days. The company is based in Oakland, Calif.

     
  • DIYer Wins Deck Contest

    It was a do-it-yourself homeowner, not a pro, who won the grand prize in a "best deck" competition sponsored by Deckorators, a Universal Forest Products subsidiary. Mark Roberts of Flemington, N.J., picked up $1,500 worth of gift cards for turning in the winning project.

     
 
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