Composite or synthetic decking is the ultimate choice for a low-maintenance, long-lasting deck. Learn about decking choices for building your…
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.Easy…
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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.
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…
How to Remove Flaking Deck Stain
Even the best solid-color deck stains eventually flake away. To make an old deck look new again, strip off all the old finish, then clean,…
Comparing Wood Deck Options: Cedar, Pressure Treated Wood & Composite Decking
Which is the best decking material—cedar, pressure-treated or composite lumber? We compare their durability, appearance and cost.
15 Modern Deck Building Tips and Shortcuts
There are lots of new decking products on the market, and deck building methods continue to evolve and improve. Here are some of the best tips…
Five Solutions for a shabby deck
To revive a shabby deck, there are five main directions you can go, and we’ll guide you through them all.
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…
How to Install Hidden Deck Fasteners
Create a deck with hidden fasteners instead of face-nailing it, and you’ll get a smooth, clean finish.
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 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…