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Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips with ideas for your dream deck.

  1. How to Build a Deck That'll Last as Long as Your House

    There's building a deck – and then there's building a deck that will last for as long as your house does. See how we did it and the materials and designs we used.

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  1. Replacing Deck Boards

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    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 ...

  2. How to Build a Deck Over a Concrete Patio

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    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.

  3. Restore a Deck

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    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 create a smooth surface that lasts for years.

  4. Outdoor Stair Railing

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    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.

  5. Under-Deck Roof

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    Convert the space under a second-story deck into a dry, spacious patio by installing this simple, under-the-deck roof and gutter system.

  6. Can You Stain Pressure-Treated Wood?

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    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.

  7. How to Shade Your Deck or Patio

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    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

  8. Dream Deck Plans

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    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.

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