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Building Security Fences on Hills: Adjustable Fences

Having built fences in neighborhoods that are just about as hilly as San Francisco, I’ve encountered many creative ways to bu...

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Fencing

The Ideal Privacy Fence for a Corner Lot Provides Privacy and Beauty

By their placement, corner lots are much more exposed to the public eye than other lots. I’ve worked a lot of these in old ne...

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Railing

Glass Deck Railings Hard to Keep Clean? When to Choose It For Your Deck

“You have to clean glass all the time.” I hear this sentiment a lot and it drives me a little nuts. Glass isn’t the annoying...

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Railing

Cable Railing Kits for Wood Posts Safely and Easily Combine Wood and Cable

I had a client a while back with a problem. He’d installed cable railing, and now every few months, the cables had to be tigh...

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Railing

Keeping Stair Railings Safe in Winter: How to Choose the Right Railing Material

Sometimes winter can seem like it’s out to get you. When I was a child, my mother fractured her wrist two separate times in t...

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Railing

How to Choose a Child Safe Balcony Railing That Gives Peace of Mind

In 2015, little three-year-old Freddie Coulton from East Sussex, UK slipped between the balusters on a balcony railing and fe...

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Railing

Railings for Retaining Walls: Combining Industrial Strength and Elegance

When I was a teenager I actually walked right off a retaining wall. Distracted by the starry sky above, I took a step and soo...

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Fencing

Finding Secure and Beautiful Fencing for a Gated Community

Once upon a time, while working as an apprentice for a big residential construction company, my company was called to put up...

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Railing

For the Best Fence for Your Front Yard, Choose a Versatile and Classic Look

A few years ago, I was working in an old historic neighborhood, tasked with giving an old colonial house some much-needed cur...

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Railing

Modern Veranda Railing Ideas: Cable, Metal, and Glass Deck Railings

A client called me up recently to get some ideas for veranda railing design and decorative options. They had a beautiful home...

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Railing

Replacing Wood Deck Balusters With Metal Ones for an Easy Deck Refresh

Last weekend, I made an effort to get out to one of the local haunts around my city: a bar downtown whose gimmick is being on...

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Fencing

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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Railing

What Is the Easiest Deck Railing to Install?

I first met my friend Ethan in college French class when I was in my third year and he was in his first. I graduated the next...

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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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