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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Rebuild an Old Deck With New Decking and Railings

    An old deck with a sound structure doesn't have to be torn down. You can remove the worn out decking and railing, and then replace it with new,…

  • Repairing Decks and Railings

    Easy fixes for common deck problems like rotten boards, wobbly railings and loose nails. Plus, see how to stiffen a bouncy, wobbly deck

  • Making Deck Posts

    Learn the simple deck-building skills of making square cuts, cutting notches and shaping deck posts to make your deck stronger and more…

  • Deck Railing Repair

    Stiffen a wobbly deck railing by adding blocks along the rim joist. It's a quick and easy way to firm up the railing.

  • How to Choose Deck Hardware

    Use triple-zinc or stainless steel joist hangers for most decks to ensure long-term strength and durability. Coastal building codes require…

  • 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,…

  • Deck: How to Build a Deck Planter

    Make a simple railing-mounted planter from standard gutter parts. You can complete it in an hour for less than $15.

  • 7 Deck Building Tips

    Make your deck building go faster with these seven clever tips from the pros. It’s tricks like these that allow professional to build a deck…

  • Set and Nail Decking Perfectly

    Building a deck? Learn tricks for straightening crooked boards; making crisp, straight cuts on the board ends; and avoiding problems like hammer…