Decks

Deck maintenance projects and tips to keep your deck looking great for years.

How to Install Joist Hangers

If you install them properly, joist hangers will keep your decks and floors strong as wood dries, twists, shrinks and ages. We'll show you a four-step method for installing joist hangers that will ensure that your floor or deck stays flat and strong. So the next time you hold a square dance or weight-lifting contest on your deck, you'll rest easier knowing you used joist hangers and installed them the right way.

Decks projects

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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…

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