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How to Build Deck Framing – Install Posts & Footings

This is the second guide in a three-part series on how to build an attached deck. The last guide gave an overview of the planning and design process. Now we’ll get into installing the 4×4 posts and framework, including the ledger board, beams and rim joists. This guide assumes you have a good working knowledge…

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How to Lay Decking Boards and Build Railings and Stairs

This is the third and final deck building article. This will take you through installing the railings, laying boards and building stairs. Don’t use this guide for covered porches. However, it uses similar board and railing installation techniques for patio and ground level decks. Railings and deck boards are an easier project than the framing…

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wooden backyard furniture setup assembled by a pro

Outdoor Equipment & Furniture Installation – Assembly Service Costs

There are economical assembly services available to homeowners who struggle to DIY assemble furniture. The typical cost varies depending on the time of equipment. A grill only costs $45 on average while a shed might cost $400. While assembling outdoor features is not top-tier professional work, it can help you avoid the pitfalls of DIY,…

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The Five Most Popular – And Most Expensive – Home Improvement Projects

Homeowners across the nation are not only spending more money on remodeling – they’re tackling much larger, more aesthetic and more expensive home improvement projects than five or six years ago. Instead of just replacing a faucet and handle, they’re upgrading the whole sink (…and what good is an updated sink if it’s next to…

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2017 Top Deck Designs for Remodeling the Perfect Entertaining Space

A modern, renovated deck combines beauty and function to create the perfect entertaining space for family and friends. And for many families, being together means eating together. However, gone are the days of single purpose outdoor dining decks. The top deck designs of 2017 offer space for a plethora of activities, from hosting parties to…

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Backyard Playground and Deck Safety for Your Home

When the weather gets warm, families with kids naturally move their daily activities outdoors to enjoy the sun and comfortable temperatures. As kids run and play outside, they get beneficial exercise, which helps them get stronger and stay healthy. However, it’s important to monitor and supervise children’s play to keep them safe. Even around the…

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common house spider on a smooth tile floor seen from ground level in a kitchen in a residential home

Guide to Getting Rid of Spiders Around Your Home

Spiders are a common pest, both indoors and out. These crawling pests can be frightening, especially if the spiders are potentially dangerous. Imagining a dangerous spider hiding in a corner of the house or out on the deck or porch can be unsettling. But spider repellents can be a useful and effective means of controlling…

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Can I Refinish a Peeling Porch?

The short answer is yes, the long answer involves whether you should and if you should do it yourself. Depending on the state of your current wood finish and how big your porch is you may be looking at a huge project, especially if you don’t have the right tools and equipment. The first thing…

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building a large open deck and outdoor furniture.

Decks and Porches Glossary

Beam: The boards that sit on top of the posts and support the joists. Cap rail: The horizontal board that runs along the top of all posts and pickets running around a deck. Decking: The boards that make up the surface of a deck. The decking boards are secured to the joists. Fascia: Boards that…

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Stained deck

How to Stain Your Deck – A DIY Guide

On This Page: How to Effectively Seal & Stain Your Deck Tools & Materials Needed DIY Steps How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Pro? Deck Stain Prices FAQs A beautiful, well-maintained deck not only provides extra space for relaxing and entertainment, but it also adds value to your home. Like any outdoor living…

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