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Supporting a Hot Tub

A visitor to the PDB Structure forum is wondering if his deck framing plan to support a 5000-lb. hot tub is adequate. He’s on the right track, but it sounds like he’s just guessing on the load-carrying ability of his joists and beams. More

California Contractor Has License Revoked Over Fatal Berkeley Balcony Collapse
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California Contractor Has License Revoked Over Fatal Berkeley Balcony Collapse

The Pleasanton, Calif., firm that served as general contractor for the... More

Custom Pergola
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Custom Pergola

A forum member from Arizona is planning to build a custom pergola using 3-inch... More

Decorative Beams for a Craftsman-Style Arbor
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Decorative Beams for a Craftsman-Style Arbor

Unlike other glass ceilings, this one is strictly for shelter. It's supported by... More

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Cedar 6x6 Posts as Roof Support

Can 6x6 cedar posts be used to support a screened porch and roof over a 12x16 deck? A builder over on the JLC Forums who has built plenty of them this way now isn’t so sure, thanks to his architect who raised the question. More

California Approves Tougher Balcony Standards
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California Approves Tougher Balcony Standards

Fatal Berkeley balcony collapse leads to tougher standards for balconies and other... More

Stronger Deck Frames
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Stronger Deck Frames
Protect Blocking With Flashing
Leveling Joists
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Leveling Joists
Extend the Life of Your Support Posts
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Extend the Life of Your Support Posts

Protect the bottoms from water damage with this inexpensive trick. More

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