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The Great Stain Shoot-Out: The Sequel

Two-dozen finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking—here’s what... Morevbvddzfsecrx

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Backyard Living in a New Jersey Brownstone

A small urban backyard gains valuable outdoor living space thanks to a pedestal-supported rooftop deck More

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Three Injured in Birthday Party Deck Collapse

Three people were injured at a child’s birthday party in Oakley, California, after... More

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Deck of Horrors

When a Canadian couple hired a local contractor to design and build this deck, they thought that he knew what he was doing. They were wrong. More

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Supporting a Hot Tub

A visitor to the PDB Structure forum is wondering if his deck framing plan to support a 5000-lb. hot tub is adequate. He’s on the right track, but it sounds like he’s just guessing on the load-carrying ability of his joists and beams. More

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Philadelphia Deck Collapse Injures 11

Police say 11 people were taken to hospitals after a deck collapsed at a Philadelphia apartment building More

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Installing a Pergola On a Patio

The PDB editor poses a question: You’ve been hired to build a new pergola over an existing patio, but you don’t really want to cut through the concrete slab and pour new footings. Is that okay? More

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How Long Will Your Deck Last?

If your deck’s frame was built properly, it should last decades. But what about... More

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Updated Deck Connection and Fastening Guide Now Available

Simpson Strong-Tie's Deck Connection and Fastening Guide 2017 has been updated to... More

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