Decks & Porches

Notching a Post for A Deck or Pergola

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Score and whack is the basic method, but whacking with a sharp block gets cleaner results

Framing Tips for Walls with Thick ZIPs

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Exterior insulation can create transition problems. Here are a few solutions

2015 IRC Deck Ledger Bolt Placement

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The days of staggering bolts every 16 inches or so are over—especially if you want to step down to the deck

A Deck Screw Jig for Straight Lines

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Consistent deck screw placement and spacing between deck boards comes from a system of jigs and spacers

How To Scribe Wood To Stone

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An organic post base connection that sheds water and looks like a million bucks

 

Non-Structural Codes for Deck Guards

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The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.

 

Courtyards in Latin America

Your own private Idaho—or Argentina—inside the house

Deck Flashing Code Requirements

The IRC covers materials, methods, and expected performance in two little sentences, Glenn sums them up in 10 minutes.

How to Attach a Patio Roof to an Existing House

A video about patio roof plans

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #5. Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure

Sketchup for Beginners: How to Build A Pergola

Seven-part sketchup tutorial with 17 videos covering ground zero (gravel) to final finish. Design on 'paper'—before making sawdust.

 

Synthetic Decking for 'Fine' Exterior Woodworking Projects? Yes.

—Steve Maxwell is a home improvement contractor in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. His website and YouTube page offer many informative videos, articles, and photos.

Composite decking machines smoothly, joins well, and resists weather with the best of 'em.

 

Beachitecture: The Art and Science of Relaxing with a Beer

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In places where climate zones are irrelevant, form follows function, and the function includes kicking back