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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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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 Choose Composite Decking

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

  • 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…

  • How to Revive a Deck

    Make your weathered old deck look like new. We'll show you the whole refinishing process, with expert tips on how to handle tough spots and…

  • Flashing a Deck Ledger Board on Vinyl Siding

    Attaching a deck ledger board to a vinyl-sided house requires a few extra trim pieces to keep water from leaking behind the siding. Here's a…

  • 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…

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