January-February 2016 Table of Contents

Synthetic Decking Update Synthetic Decking Update

Capped composites now rule the roost, but uncapped decking isn't going away just yet Read more

Rust-Oleum Restore 10X Advanced Resurfacer PRODUCTS Rust-Oleum Restore 10X Advanced Resurfacer

Give a badly weathered deck some first aid, as well as protection against future abuse. Read more

Senco Mantis Deck Clips PRODUCTS Senco Mantis Deck Clips

These hidden deck fasteners come in three different sizes, so you can use the one that best matches the groove in the decking brand you install. Read more

New Hole-Making Tools From Klein TOOL KIT New Hole-Making Tools From Klein

Bi-metal hole saws, double-fluted step drill bits, and wood-boring bits join the tools in Klein's catalog. Read more

LETTERS Notching Guidelines

Most prescriptive guidelines for notching and drilling in framing members don't account for wet-service conditions. Read more

Starborn Long Deckfast Metal Screws PRODUCTS Starborn Long Deckfast Metal Screws

A new 2 3/8-inch version allows attachment of thicker, 2-inch material to metal framing. Read more

General Shale Entertainer Fire Pit PRODUCTS General Shale Entertainer Fire Pit

Enhance a client's outdoor living space with a masonry fire pit. Read more

Aluminum Durarail Park Rail PRODUCTS Aluminum Durarail Park Rail

Beefy top rail has the dimensions of a 2x4 and the durability of powder-coated aluminum. Read more

LETTERS Never Use Bleach Before Recoating Wood

A reader reports that using bleach to clean wood can cause a subsequent stain job to fail. Read more

LETTERS Deck Stain Performance

For those that refurbish decks for a living, ease of re-coating aged wood is an important consideration. Read more

Removing Scratches From Composite Rails QUESTION & ANSWER Removing Scratches From Composite Rails

Automotive polishing and rubbing compounds can be used to fix scuffed and scratched composite railings and post sleeves Read more

Upgrading a Deck Upgrading a Deck

Make an existing deck safer and stronger by improving the hardware and paying close attention to the connection details. Read more

DECK LEDGER Understanding Your Photo Rights

When you're posting photos on your website, understanding copyright laws and the principles of Fair Use will help you protect your rights and avoid legal hot water. Read more

Decks in South Africa Decks in South Africa

Contributing editor Kim Katwijk traveled to South Africa last winter to see how decks are built there. He learned that the harsh climate and local resources dictate a slightly different approach to building decks. He also found time to do a little monkeying around ... Read more

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