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  • Concrete Decks for Coastal Homes

    Elevated concrete slabs formed with the help of structural steel panels are a good choice for wet and windy marine environments

     
  • Dressing Up Support Posts

    Even though 6x6 support posts are structurally adequate for most decks, they can look jarringly unfinished as well as skinny and out of proportion.

     
  • Kava Hut ... Philly-Style

    Polynesian influence feels right at home on a deck in Philadelphia

     
  • Installing a Patio Cover

    Add value and useful living space to a deck with an aluminum-framed enclosure topped by acrylic panels

     
  • Faster Deck Piers

    Pin-pile deck footings promise quick installation in the right soils

     

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?

     
 

All Design & Construction Articles


  • Concrete Decks for Coastal Homes

    Elevated concrete slabs formed with the help of structural steel panels are a good choice for wet and windy marine environments

     
  • Dressing Up Support Posts

    Even though 6x6 support posts are structurally adequate for most decks, they can look jarringly unfinished as well as skinny and out of proportion.

     
  • Kava Hut ... Philly-Style

    Polynesian influence feels right at home on a deck in Philadelphia

     
  • Installing a Patio Cover

    Add value and useful living space to a deck with an aluminum-framed enclosure topped by acrylic panels

     
  • Faster Deck Piers

    Pin-pile deck footings promise quick installation in the right soils

     
  • How Deep To Dig?

    Concrete piers for a deck should rest on undisturbed soil below frost line, but is the soil around the foundation of a 60-year-old house likely to be compacted enough to provide support?

     
  • Students Injured in Deck Collapse

    Members of a student Frisbee team celebrating their upcoming university graduation were injured April 30 when the second-story deck on which they were standing collapsed in Cedarville, Ohio. The injuries were not considered life threatening.

     
  • Deck Repairs Ordered in Knoxville

    As many as 100 wood decks at an apartment complex in Knoxville, Tenn., are affected by emergency repair orders after a woman was injured in a deck collapse last month.

     
  • Ground Contact Treatment Proposal Defeated

    A proposal to require ground-contact treatment for all 2x8 and wider preservative-treated dimension lumber was voted down at the American Wood Protection Association's (AWPA) annual meeting.

     
  • Cable-Ready Posts

    The Vertebrace is pre-threaded for cable connections and accepts a 4x4 PVC or composite post sleeve

     
 
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