Mike Guertin

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Testing Single Posts vs. Railing Assemblies

The president of a post-anchor manufacturing company weighs in on load testing of guardrail posts and assemblies More

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Attaching Posts to 2x6 Framing

A PDB author responds to a reader's question about blocking details for guardrail post kits More

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Field-Treating Pressure-Treated Pine

Even though it's not required by code, it's a good idea to treat all cuts and penetrations in PT pine with copper naphthenate-if you can find it More

Mid-Stair Landings
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Mid-Stair Landings

Should a landing be treated as part of the stairs or as a separate deck? More

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Readers Comment on "Code-Compliant Guardrail Posts" (May/June 2011)

Readers write in about code-compliant guardrail posts More

King-Size Miter Saw Is a Winnerby
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King-Size Miter Saw Is a Winnerby

King-size Milwaukee miter saw; HangerPal; multipurpose titanium TiBar More

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Sistered Joists; Post Attachment; Cable Railing

Sistered joists may foster rot; post attachment strength requirement; climbability of horizontal cable railings More

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Muro FDVL 41 Auto-Feed Screw Gun

Also: Muro Speed Driver; folding Gomboy handsaw; easy-to-use Plumb-Rite plumb bob; fast-cutting Diablo saw blade More

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Maine Deck Brackets Are Easy to Flash Around

Also: Rosboro Treated Glulam beams allow for long spans; preformed Joist Jackets; Invisi-Fast fasteners; Cabot finishes for composites and hardwoods More

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