Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips with ideas for your dream deck.
Outdoor Stair Railing
Decks and outdoor stairs can develop wobbly railings, often due to a wobbly bottom post. Here's how to do it right, without having to set the post in concrete.
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How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio
Is your old concrete patio an eyesore? You can avoid the cost and mess of tearing it out by just screwing down wood sleepers and decking over it.
Can You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood?
Just because you used pressure-treated lumber doesn't mean your outdoor project has to stay green. Not only can you can stain treated wood, you should stain treated wood. Here are some tips.
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 process is the same. We'll show you how on an old, weathered deck, because you can save hundreds of dollars in lumber by splicing in boards instead of ...
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 partial sun blockers. Keep your deck cooler and screen out harmful ultraviolet rays. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUNSETTER
Dream Deck Plans
This small deck is packed with features: composite decking, cantilevered seating nooks, a cedar pergola, custom railing, cascading stairs—all illustrated with solid, easy-to-understand construction details.
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.
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, low-maintenance decking and railing – a brand-new deck for a lot less money.
Build a No-Rot, No-Maintenance Deck
Build this spacious, semi-private deck, which features planters, a handsome railing, low voltage lighting and a wide range of low maintenance, durable materials. It's a big project, but our photos and drawings show you all you need to know to assemble it successfully.