How To – Bark Side Up Or Down – Decks Shingles

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    As often as every deck is built the question arises should you place the bark side up when you install the decking or should you place the board so the bark side is down.? The reason for this is to reduce cupping or warpage of the board. In shingling the same is true there is an inside and outside of many shingles.

    Here we will take a look at …

    HowTo – Repairing Rot On A Decorative Porch Post

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      Any piece of wood exposed to the elements will eventually rot. It doesn’t matter if it is white pine or pressure treated and paints and stains will only delay the eventual decay.

      If the item is relatively inexpensive you can just replace it but in this case the decorative post found outside our front door is starting to see problems. These posts can cost a good amount of money …

      How To – Steel Joist And Beam Hangers

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        There are many times when building an addition, deck or other project requires the use of steel Joist or beam hangers but how do you know when to use them and what is the best way to install them.

        Here we will look at a couple applications for steel and explain the proper install procedures.

        When you are hanging a porch or deck off of the side of your home …

        How To – Installing Shed Tie Downs

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          Well you just bought your new shed and the building inspector tells you that you need to install Tie Downs to pass your inspection.

          So what are Tie Downs and Why Do you need them?

          In areas prone to high winds small out building like sheds can cause some serious damage if they are lifted off their foundation and blown into a house or car. For this reason many local …

          How To – Organizing Your Shed With Shelves And Tool Racks

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            So you bought a shed or built one to put all your stuff in but it seems that everything ends up in a pile in the corner and it is just as bad as when it was all in your garage. Well in an afternoon with a few tools you can put your storage in order and finally stop tripping over the lawn mower every time you need …

            How To – Building A Beam For Your Deck

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              Decks and Porch additions require that the joists be connected to the home with a Ledger Board and joist hangers. On the opposite side (away from the home) you rest the joists on top of a beam that is supported by posts.

              In this HowTo we will cover the steps for installing the posts and building the beam for our deck project.

              When designing your deck you will know its dimensions in our project …

              How To – Constructing Footings For Decks

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                Constructing footings for your deck or porch project is relatively easy if you take time check the span charts for your beam and measure the locations correctly.

                Some contractors will install beam posts directly in the ground with a small footing at its base and surround it with concrete. This is probably not the best way to build a deck because the concrete surrounding the wood post will eventually rot the lumber. Even pressure …

                How To – Building Wood Porch Stairs

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                  So, now that you built your deck you need a way to get off of it and stairs are a great way to do that.

                  The first thing you need to do is decide of you will be building the stair stringers (things that hold the stair tread steps) yourself or if you will be buying some pre-cut ones at the lumber yard.  The cost of buying them isn’t that much and if you haven’t …

                  Making A Concrete Pad For Porch Steps

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                    When you are building your porch or deck one of the last things you will need to do is build your steps.

                    You have many choices you can attach your step stringers to your rim joist of the deck with a header and then use a ground contact rated pressure treated footer at the bottom or you can go an additional step and pour a pad at the bottom of your steps …

                    Repairing a lose board on your deck

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                      Sometimes when you build with pressure treated lumber it will shrink more then expected this is the problem with one of or deck boards. Although replacing the whole piece is an option once you have stained your deck a few times and it has weathered for a season installing a fresh board will mean a mismatch in color.

                      If you are using an opaque stain that will completely block the grain in the wood this is fine …