March-April 2011 Table of Contents

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Building With Steel Joists Building With Steel Joists

Straight, light, and cost competitive - should you consider steel? Read more

Outdoor Showers DAY'S END Outdoor Showers

Ben Kelley and his company Building Shelter show there's a lot of room for creativity in a small structure Read more

Should You Hire an Architect? DECK LEDGER Should You Hire an Architect?

On more complicated projects, a design professional can provide both aesthetic and structural advice Read more

EDITOR'S LETTER Participate in Continuing Education

Take advantage of free or inexpensive training offered by manufacturers, lumberyards, and tradeshows Read more

Picture Framing; Snowed Under; Scribing Arcs LETTERS Picture Framing; Snowed Under; Scribing Arcs

Author Joe Cracco shares Fiberon feedback on his fastening techniques; deck collapses under snow load; tip for scribing big curves Read more

Decking News DECKING NEWS Decking News

Growth for remodeling; decking demand looking up; biobased plastics; more Read more

Pool Decks Pool Decks

Handling the layout challenges of above ground pools. Read more

QUESTION & ANSWER Timing Matters When Painting Galvanized Metal

Painting galvanized metal Read more

Side Yard Pergola and Gate Side Yard Pergola and Gate

A hybrid structure turns an eyesore into an eye catcher. Read more

Alternative Ledger Connections STRUCTURE Alternative Ledger Connections

A building inspector talks about attaching a ledger to studs or to concrete, rather than to the band joist Read more

Duo-Fast DF150S-TC Nailer; Lightning Clamp TOOL KIT Duo-Fast DF150S-TC Nailer; Lightning Clamp

Price metal-connector nailer puts nails where they belong; quick-release makes adjusting this clamp easy Read more

Inlays; Below-Deck Storage; Two-Color Decking PRODUCTS Inlays; Below-Deck Storage; Two-Color Decking

Ready-to-install inlays; a storage bin clients can walk on; Cevn deck board has a different color on each side Read more

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