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Tips for Fixing a Wobbly Deck Railing: DIY Railing Fixes

I’ve always felt that the deck of my home is like this special bonus outdoor room. It’s a place to connect and extend our liv...

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Fencing

The Best Fencing for Cold Climates Remains Solid in Wind, Rain, and Snow

When my parents got their first home the backyard wasn’t fenced in, and being a young couple who’d just bought their first ho...

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Railing

If You're Choosing a Railing for a Flat Roof, Consider a Side Mount System

Once upon a remodeling project, a friend and colleague asked me to come over to help with a “small emergency.” As I walked in...

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Railing

The Best Outdoor Stair Railing Ideas: Choosing a Railing Based on What Matters

Have you ever noticed in movies how the girl always walks down a set of stairs to meet her prom date at the bottom? Or how th...

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Railing

Farmhouse Porch Railings: Styles That Will Bring the Look of Your Home Together

In my past, I’ve suffered from a lack of home décor refinement. My bachelor status meant that my furnishings include: One co...

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Railing

Using Roof Deck Railing Systems to Turn Your Roof into an Entertainment Space

I’ve never been one to want to have a party on the roof. I prefer my parties on the ground. But one of my friends, who has a...

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Railing

Ipe Deck Railing Options to Harmonize with Your Tropical Hardwood Deck

When it comes to wood decking, I love the gorgeous, rich look of ipe. The Brazilian hardwood has a deep reddish-brown hue tha...

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Fencing

Fencing Around the Patio Can Make Your Veranda a Place You Want to Spend Time

A patio is meant to be a little oasis from the cares of the world, a place of beauty, relaxation, and ease. I’ve been hired q...

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Fencing

Choosing a Privacy Fence for an Apartment Patio That Keeps Residents Happy

In my career I’ve had the chance to work on quite a few big multi-unit apartment buildings, and having done a lot of outdoor...

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Fencing

The Best Fence for Resale Value: Thinking in the Long-Term

I’ve worked as a builder and as a consultant for many DIY clients, and I’ve seen lots of different home improvement strategie...

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Railing

Creating a Virtually Frameless Glass Railing for a Balcony

An old college friend of mine wanted to add a bit of drama to a very narrow house in Southern California. Since it was a town...

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Decking

Why Using Reclaimed Wood for Decking Might Not Be a Good Idea

I love the concept of upcycling. I’m typing this post from a much-loved reclaimed wood desk made from old (and free!) wood pa...

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Decking

Using Composite Decking for Stairs to Get That Indoor Stair Look

One of my first construction projects was my uncle’s deck, and I vividly recall him saying “good enough for government work!”...

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Decking

A Composite Deck Fastener System Creates a Seamless and Long-Lasting Deck

The nails, screws, and other fasteners that hold a deck in place often go unappreciated. These are small pieces of metal that...

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Railing

Wrought Iron-Look Railings for Victorian Houses Complement a Classic Style

Victorian is a term you hear real estate agents throw around a lot. The term refers to Queen Victoria, who reigned over Engla...

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