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The Best Fence for a Wet Area Has a Tough, Multi-Layered Coating

Much of my building career has taken place in very moist and rainy climates, the kind of places where it rains so much that p...

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Railing

DIY Glass Railings: Installing a Glass Railing on Your Deck Is Easy

I think glass is one of the best ways to make any deck immediately elegant. Glass gives a touch of simple style to any style...

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Decking

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Cold Climates

One of my good friends recently got to buy some property out west, and he built his family dream home in the hills of the Roc...

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Railing

Easy Iron Baluster Installation: How to Attach Balusters Using Hidden Connectors

A few years ago, I had the job of helping an old contractor friend put in some railing at his house. I was essentially cuttin...

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Railing

When Is It Time to Replace Your Deck Railing?

Nothing lasts forever. That’s what I told a friend who asked for advice on a wobbly deck railing. Turns out, that wobbly deck...

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Railing

LED Lighting for Your Stair Railings Adds Ambiance to Your Stair Area

LED lighting is all the rage these days. To me, at least, it seems like it’s everywhere. Good lighting can add ambiance and b...

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Decking

For Decking that Doesn't Mold, Look for Fully Capped Composite Decking

Some of my favorite decks are found amidst the tall pines of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve worked in few settings that were mor...

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Railing

Opening Your Home to the View with Minimalist Balcony Railings

Minimalist Balcony Railings Come in Many Styles Minimalism, when applied to railings, is about keeping things as open as poss...

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Fencing

Custom Made Steel Gates Keep Properties Secure with Style

I’ve lived in several apartments complexes in my life. The advertisements for these apartments often boast that the complexes...

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Fencing

Finding Attractive Fencing That Looks Like Wrought Iron

Speaking from personal experience as a welder, steel is a lot easier to work with than iron. If someone manages to break a pi...

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Decking

Great Decking for Beach Houses Brings the Indoors Outside

I lived right on the ocean for many years and had the good fortune to work on many beach house remodels. Burned into my memor...

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Railing

How to Tell If Your Deck Railing Is Safe: Checking Your Railing

Last week, I met with a client to talk about installing a pergola. While we stood on his deck chatting, I rested my arm on th...

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Fencing

Choose the Right Fencing for the Front Garden to Protect Plants

Working both as a contractor and a master gardener brings all sorts of fun crossover projects. Most of the gardens that I wor...

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Railing

Curved Deck Railing Ideas That Don’t Require a Custom System

I’ve worked for a few people who wanted a deck that stood out. One way to do that is to choose a curved deck. And while a cur...

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Decking

The Best Decking for Direct Sunlight Doesn’t Fade or Degrade After Years of Sun

I can’t count the times I’ve wandered out onto a southern exposure deck and found it cooked and grayed to the point of struct...

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