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Tips on Installing Handrails on Brick Steps with Minimal Hassle

I had a friend with a frustrating problem. He was trying to install a handrail on a set of brick steps but every time he dril...

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Decking

Decks for a Two-Story Home Create Multiple Outdoor Spaces

Not too long ago, a friend of mine decided to build a deck as a way to give his large family more space. It eventually worked...

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Railing

How to Install Railings on Stairs: Adjustable Systems

Attaching railings to stairs can be a little tricky. I have certainly had to redo one or two in my time! My funniest result w...

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Railing

For the Best Deck Railing Lights, Choose LED Lights

A few projects ago, I was brought on to prep a large deck for an evening wedding party being thrown by some very eco-consciou...

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Fencing

Perimeter Fence Ideas for Apartments

Decades ago, when my main (OK, only) consideration when renting an apartment was price, I experienced an unnerving event. I e...

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Fencing

Low Maintenance Fence Options Focusing on Versatility

I’ve had some clients pay me to do various maintenance tasks on their wooden fences several times a year, every year, paying...

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Railing

Baluster Light Fixture Accent Ideas to Creatively Brighten Your Deck or Patio

A couple years ago I hosted a very...eventful… 4th of July party. What started out as a great evening grilling with my buddie...

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Railing

Comparing Cable Vs. Glass Deck Railings for Your Home

It’s a beautiful clear day in the mountains and you’re ready to sit with your coffee and news on the deck and take in the vie...

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Fencing

Best Fencing for Dogs: Durable Metal Picket Fences Work Best for Climbers

I work for a lot of dog owners! When I’m putting in a fence for people with the big, active dogs, I always make extra certain...

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Railing

When to Choose Aluminum Railing Systems for Decks

My first experience with aluminum was in welding school. When attempting an aluminum weld I forgot to reverse the polarity on...

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Railing

Aluminum Railing That Looks Like Wrought Iron

The Advantages of Aluminum Railing The first advantage is that aluminum is much lighter than wrought iron. Aluminum is a mate...

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Railing

The Best Material for Balcony Railings in Residential Complexes

Many apartment managers don’t have a history in construction, and it can get them in trouble in ways that they may not have e...

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Railing

The Best Railings for a Narrow Staircase: Saving Space on Stairs

If you’re a contractor or architect, you’ve probably been frustrated before about how much building space the numerous stairc...

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Decking

Water-Resistant Winter Decking: Choosing Decking Material for the Winter

I was born next to a little lake in southeastern Wisconsin, not so far from the much bigger lake–Lake Michigan–that forms Wis...

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Railing

Railings That Don't Rust: Long-Lasting Deck Railing Materials

One of the most annoying things in the world is a railing that you’re scared to grab onto because it would require you to rem...

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