January-February 2007 Table of Contents

Better Decks = Higher Profits

Premium materials, production building methods, and custom touches make you more money Read more

DAY'S END Building Decks into the Landscape

Photo essay on blending decks and landscaping Read more

EYE FOR DESIGN Solid-Looking Posts For Raised Decks

Architect's ideas on how to give posts a more substantial look Read more

EDITOR'S LETTER 2007 Redesigns to the Magazine

Editor's letter about redesigns to the Professional Deck Builder in 2007 Read more

Housed-Stringer Exterior Stairs

A simple site-built jig made it easy to build this elegant outdoor staircase. Read more

DECK LEDGER Win Referrals With Parting Gifts

An Idaho deck builder builds customer relationships and wins referrals with parting gifts Read more

DECKING NEWS Ledger Bolting Schedule May Become Code in 2009

Also: recycling CCA wood, without removing nails; more Read more

Designing Pier Footings

How to excavate, lay out, and pour concrete pier foundations. Read more

PRODUCTS Solar-Powered Moonlight Decks Post Caps

Also: Fiberon Tropics decking; TimberTech DockSider decking; RailLoks; Xccent steel joists Read more

QUESTION & ANSWER Attaching Ledgers to Engineered Rims; Durability of Cedars; Hidden Deck Fasteners

A structural engineer addresses issues with engineered LSL rim joists; wood scientist weighs in on cedar; strength of hidden deck fasteners Read more

Should You Buy a Deck Franchise?

The cost of entry can be high, but the precanned know-how might be worth the price. Read more

TOOL KIT Pacific Laser Systems PLS2E Daylight Laser Level

Also: Pacific Laser Systems level; BowJak; Grip-Rite nailer; Starrett Prosite protractor Read more

TRADE TALK Connecticut Remodeler Focuses on Decks

Building a deck business in a small New England town Read more

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