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 …

            Steel Beams in Commercial Construction

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              framing with steel beamsHere we will take a quick look at how steel beams can be used in commercial construction to extend the span between the outside walls of a building.

              Commercial Construction is often very different then residential construction.

              First many of the loads are different since the buildings are often taller and larger.

              For the most part the safety aspects of construction are the same …

              Sealing your house with Tyvek

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                Sealing the house with Tyvek

                Tyvek House Wrap is a pretty expensive product but because it comes in larger sizes it is many times easier to install then tar paper and will give your home a lasting base for keeping out the weather and wind.

                To apply Tyvek you need to wrap the entire home. This is pretty easy to do if you follow a few simple suggestions.

                Tyvek is very slippery so never rest the top of your ladder on the Tyvek that …

                Millwork & Moldings Manufacturers

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                  Millwork & Moldings

                  Algonquin Wood Mouldings
                  14353, Cure Labelle
                  St. Janvier, PQ J7J 1M2 CAN
                  V: 450-435-1320

                  Architectural Ornament Inc.
                  55 Bradwick Drive
                  Concord, ON L4K 1K5 CAN
                  V: 905-738-9459
                  AZEK Trimboards
                  801 Corey St.
                  Scranton, PA 18505
                  V: 570-346-8254

                  Century Architectural Specialties
                  2197 Canton Rd.
                  Suite 108
                  Marietta, GA 30066-7303
                  V: 770-590-1999

                  Crown Heritage
                  2 Grandview
                  N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659-3109
                  V: 800-745-5931

                  517G Acorn St.
                  Deer Park, NY 11729
                  V: 800-651-4223

                  Gossen Mouldings
                  2030 W. Bender Rd.
                  Milwaukee, WI 53209-3727
                  V: 414-228-9800

                  HB&G Building Products Inc.
                  P.O. Box 589
                  1015 Brundidge Blvd.
                  Troy, AL 36081-0589
                  V: 334-670-6512

                  KOMA Trim Products
                  3310 Stanwood Blvd.
                  Huntsville, AL 35811
                  V: …

                  Installing a Drywall Access Panel

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                    Sometimes there is a need to have access to pipes or other things that hide within our homes walls. The easiest way to provide a clean looking solution is to install a plastic access panel.

                    They come in a variety of sizes.
                    Install with only a few simple tools.
                    Can be painted to match your wall.

                    In our example we are building a basement wall. Behind the wall is our waste line clean-out.

                    To be able to access the pipe at a …

                    How To – Using Span Charts For Framing

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                      Framing is the process of building the supporting structure of a project whether it be a home or a deck or a shed.

                      To build your project correctly so roofs can support snow, walls can withstand wind loads and your floor system can support the extra weight of the whirlpool bath you installed it is important to choose the correct sized lumber when building. For this reason architects and engineers take special care when they are selecting the …