September-October 2011 Table of Contents

A Deck Built to Fail A Deck Built to Fail

Unfortunately, the new deck didn't meet code; in fact, it looked like someone had been trying to build a deck that violated every typical code requirement, starting at the foundation and continuing up from there. Read more

Swapping Out the Pool for a Deck DAY'S END Swapping Out the Pool for a Deck

Jeff Getz, owner of Deckover, has an engineered method to cover an unused concrete pool with a deck Read more


Customer loyalty is a valuable business asset Read more

DECK LEDGER Contract Language Is Key to Avoiding Litigation

Putting everything in writing, from scope to payment schedule, helps make expectations clear Read more

LETTERS Lumber Grade; Staining Decks

Lumber-grade correction; moisture content of wood affects stain adhesion Read more

DECKING NEWS GAF Shutters DuraLife Factories

GAF stops making DuraLife; EPA backtracks on lead clearance testing; more Read more

Plastic Concrete Forms PRODUCTS Plastic Concrete Forms

Plastic concrete tubes; bamboo-composite decking; cable rails; decorative PVC panels Read more

Swelling Capstock Decking QUESTION & ANSWER Swelling Capstock Decking

Good water management helps minimize end flare Read more

Sizing Posts STRUCTURE Sizing Posts

The tributary area of deck that's supported by the post and the height of the deck are key Read more

DeWalt DWHT51138 Framing Hammer TOOL KIT DeWalt DWHT51138 Framing Hammer

Light weight, durability, and affordability are the tool's three main features Read more

Working With Local Wood Working With Local Wood

Overcome challenges in supply, code, and labor to build a unique deck. Read more

Wormdrive Saws Wormdrive Saws

A West Coast deck builder puts these 7 1/4-inch powerhouses to the test. Read more

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