Building A Deck
Learn how to build and maintain your deck with these DIY projects and tips.
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.
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Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method
With proper flashing, a wood deck will last many years; without it, the deck and the ledger it's attached to will quickly rot. Detailed photos in this article show the difference.
Tips for How to Build a Deck
A veteran pro tells you his favorite deck building tips that speed up the job, increase deck durability and improve quality. The result is a better deck, less hassle and fewer problems.
How to Build a Solid, Frost-Proof Deck Footing
Dig and pour your deck footings so they extend below the frost line. That way, they won't move, or heave, as the ground freezes and thaws during seasonal changes. This article explains how to build solid footings that will stay put year-round.
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 attractive.
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 quickly and accurately.
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 marks and unsightly splits.
How to Build a Deck With Composites
Expert deck builders show you how to build a deck with composites and other rot-resistant materials for longevity. Your deck will also look better and require less maintenance.