September-October 2014 Table of Contents

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Custom Railings Custom Railings

While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs. Read more

Letters Anti-Social Media

Readers who don't want to register with a social media platform can still submit comments, either by email or by starting a discussion on the PDB Forums Read more

GreenTek Tools Demo-Dek Demolition Tool TOOL KIT GreenTek Tools Demo-Dek Demolition Tool

For speedy deck demo, this tough tool is hard to beat Read more

Burned Decking Letters Burned Decking

Sunlight reflected from distorted window glass burns an arc pattern into Trex decking Read more

Simpson Strong-Tie PPBZ Post Base PRODUCTS Simpson Strong-Tie PPBZ Post Base

This structural connector allows the posts supporting the roof framing to be installed before the slab is poured, without the need for temporary supports Read more

Wild Hog Railing Wire Mesh PRODUCTS Wild Hog Railing Wire Mesh

Openings are small enough to be in compliance with the 4-inch-sphere rule Read more

New Pavers From Pine Hall Brick Co. PRODUCTS New Pavers From Pine Hall Brick Co.

The Esplanade and Beale Street lines add even more options to an already extensive paver menu Read more

Adjustable Tensioning Mechanism for a Gate Department Adjustable Tensioning Mechanism for a Gate

Anticipate movement in the framing by building in an easy way to adjust the gate post Read more

Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing

Improved quality and durability has fueled demand for fencing that’s not made of wood Read more

Solid Post Attachments With Threaded Rod READERS’ TIPS Solid Post Attachments With Threaded Rod

When the railing post is on the outside of the frame, reinforce the attachment by running threaded rod through the joists Read more

Guardrail Post Kits Guardrail Post Kits

Manufactured surface-mounted post kits won't warp or twist like 4x4 wood posts, but proper blocking is still the key to a strong installation that meets code Read more

Fire-Resistant Decks Question & Answer Fire-Resistant Decks

Using the right decking material makes a big difference in areas prone to wild fires Read more

QUESTION & ANSWER Which Comes First: Hot Tub or Deck?

If you've never installed a hot tub, you may be surprised by how many variables you need to address before framing a deck around one Read more

Drones for Deck Builders Eye on Design Drones for Deck Builders

Homeowners love to see aerial photos of their new deck, but check local laws before takeoff Read more

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