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Check out our favorite ideas, projects, tips and tools for creating the ultimate backyard
Deck maintenance projects and tips to keep your deck looking great for years.
Building a Deck
How to Build a Wheelchair Ramp: Wooden Ramp Project
These wheelchair ramp plans will help you to build and install a handicap ramp that's...
Easy Deck Inspection and Deck Repair Tips
7 minutes, 7-point inspection and 7 easy repairs.
14 DIY Deck Add-Ons That are Seriously Cool
It’s time to turn your blah deck into your summer happy place. These easy...
How to Build an Under-Deck Roof
Inexpensive roof panels keep it dry down below
12 Ideas for Lighting Up Your Deck
You've put in the work and now it's time to relax on your deck. When...
How to Build a Deck With Composites
Learn how to build a deck with composites and other rot-resistant materials for beauty and...
Making Deck Posts
Make square cuts, notches and grooves quickly and accurately
How to Build a Solid, Frost-Proof Deck Footing
Prevent frost-heave damage by pouring the concrete right.
How to Choose Composite Decking
The 7 key factors to consider before buying composite decking
Composite Decking Review: NewTechWood
Josh is a huge fan of NewTechWood composite decking for a whole lot of reasons. ...
7 Deck Building Tips from the Pros
Techniques for deck building, framing a deck, building stairs and railings and adding deck trim.
Attaching a New Deck to a House: The Correct Method
Build a deck that will last
How to Buy Deck Lumber
10 things you need to know about how to buy the good stuff
12 Things You Should Never Do to Your Deck
A backyard deck is a wonderful place to relax or entertain. Make sure you take...
How to Refinish a Deck with Acrylic-Based Deck Stain
Refinishing your wood deck with a semi-transparent acrylic-based stain is a great way to protect...
How to Apply Behr Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish
Refinishing your deck doesn’t have to take several days if you use a product...
Prepping an Older Deck for Re-Staining
Preparing a deck to accept new stain isn’t difficult because the liquid strippers and...
The Right (and Wrong) Way to Splice Beams
There’s no sense installing a beam that’s not supported by a post. But...
Flashing a Deck Ledger Board on Vinyl Siding
Here's the right way to do it
Tips for How to Build a Deck
Avoid headaches, save time, and build a rock-solid deck
7 Things You Should Do When Building Your Deck
Want to avoid deck decay and enjoy your outdoor space for the rest of your...
No-Maintenance Deck Rails
Keep your deck looking new for years without any maintenance
Simple Deck Board Spacers
Sixteen-penny nails work great as spacers when you’re installing deck boards, but they often...
When you’re building a deck or other structure solo, it’s pretty hard to...
Repairing Decks and Railings
Easy fixes for common deck problems like rotten boards, wobbly railings and loose nails. Plus,...
Reader Project: Safe, Stylish Railing
Reader Project: Reclaimed Lumber Decking
10 Amazing, Inspirational Decks
A deck is a private place where you can enjoy nature, gather friends and family,...
How to Install Hidden Deck Fasteners
Create a deck with hidden fasteners instead of face-nailing it, and you'll get a smooth,...
15 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts
There are lots of new decking products on the market, and deck building methods continue...
Replacing Deck Boards
Don't build a new deck if all you have to do is replace a few deck boards
How to Build the Deck of Your Dreams
Our best tips to make it extraordinary!