March-April 2008 Table of Contents

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Changing the Stair Changes the Whole Look DAY'S END Changing the Stair Changes the Whole Look

Before and after photo essay on deck stairs Read more

Four Rules for Buying Ads DECK LEDGER Four Rules for Buying Ads

Grab clients with a Yellow Pages ad Read more

Designing Outdoor Showers EYE FOR DESIGN Designing Outdoor Showers

Architect's advice on outdoor showers Read more

The Tribulations of Working Outside Editor's Letter The Tribulations of Working Outside

Editor writes about his days as a deck builder Read more

Excel Spreadsheet Basics Excel Spreadsheet Basics

An expert outlines an easy way to track job costs on your computer. Read more

Framing a Deck With Big Timbers Framing a Deck With Big Timbers

Sharpen up your chainsaw skills and call in the engineer. Read more

LETTERS Code Violations; Fighting Stereotypes

Building inspector discusses regional code differences; reader takes editor to task Read more

Post Attachment Resists 500-Pound Load DECKING NEWS Post Attachment Resists 500-Pound Load

Post bracket withstands 500-pound sideload; nail prices up; calendar of events Read more

Preserving the View PRODUCTS Preserving the View

Tempered-glass railings; vinyl decking; soy-based wood preservative; fence brackets Read more

Profitable Curved Benches Profitable Curved Benches

Place slats on edge and flex to create distinctive seats without steam bending or laminating. Read more

Splices in Built-Up Beams QUESTION & ANSWER Splices in Built-Up Beams

Splices in built-up beams; priming a porch in winter; uniform stairs Read more

Siding for Deck Builders Siding for Deck Builders

Reusing what you remove keeps the job green — and saves the trouble and expense of matching the finish. Read more

Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver Kit TOOL KIT Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver Kit

DeWalt drill-driver kit; Toro skid steer; Starrett protractor; Stanley Bostitch nailer Read more

Wiring for Low-Voltage Lighting Wiring for Low-Voltage Lighting

Your clients enjoy their deck every day. Install the right lighting and they'll love it after dark, too. Read more

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