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  • Low-Maintenance Decks

    Composite or synthetic decking is the ultimate choice for a low-maintenance, long-lasting deck. Learn about decking choices for building your…

  • Comparing Deck Wood: Cedar, Pressure Treated Wood & Composite Decking

    Which is the best decking material—cedar, pressure-treated or composite lumber? We compare their durability, appearance and cost.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Deck Rescue: Renew Your Deck

    Deck seen too many summers? Give it a new lease on life for less than $300. We'll show you how to clean and renew your deck like a pro in…

  • How to Build a Wheelchair Ramp

    If you have a family member or friend with mobility challenges or you’re dealing with one yourself, installing a wheelchair ramp can allow for a…

  • How to Remove Flaking Deck Stain

    Even the best solid-color deck stains eventually flake away. To make an old deck look new again, strip off all the old finish, then clean,…

  • How to Shade Your Deck or Patio

    Deck too hot? Learn about shade solutions for your deck or patio, from large canopies and awnings to DIY shade alternatives and inexpensive…

  • Replacing Deck Boards

    Has your deck seen better days? You probably don't have to rebuild the whole thing. Whether you have one bad deck board to replace or many, the…

  • 16 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts

    There are lots of new decking products on the market, and deck building methods continue to evolve and improve. Here are some of the best tips…

  • Easy Deck Inspection and Deck Repair Tips

    Make your deck stronger and safer. Fix the 7 most common problems—missing lag screws, missing joist nails, rotting posts, weak joints,…

  • How to Choose Composite Decking

    Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of 7 key issues, including budget, sunlight, moisture, appearance, building…

  • Restore a Deck

    Restore an old wood deck, even if it's worn, cracked and splintery. Simply paint it with a thick, acrylic deck restoration coating, which will…

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