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How Tight Should Cable Railings Be?

One of my friends—a guy I used to work with on construction projects—had me over to his house the other night for an evening...

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Fencing

Choosing and Building a Child Safe Garden Fence

My grandmother was an avid gardener, cultivating a patch of ground in her backyard for years until the rectangle of soil insi...

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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 nex...

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Railing

The Best Paint for Metal Railings? It Isn’t Actually Paint

I used to be a welder in a shop dedicated to custom-made ornamental wrought iron. It was a small company with two welders an...

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Decking

Great Decking for Apartment Balconies

I don’t often get a chance to work on big multi-unit projects, but when I do, it’s often on their decks and patios. I was onc...

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Decking

Composite Decking over a Concrete Porch Gives a Backyard New Life

I hadn’t seen my cousin in over a year, so when I had some free time, I decided to make the drive to her house. I was surpris...

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Decking

Front Yard Deck Design Ideas Create Welcoming Homes and Entryways

Near downtown Orlando, in a neighborhood called Thornton Park, there’s a home built in the 1920s that has been renovated so m...

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Decking

Composite Decking for Your Above Ground Pool

Growing up during a hot Midwest summer, with no cool lake in sight, I’d find a pool anywhere I could. Most of those pool plun...

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Decking

Designing Composite Decks with Ramps That the Disabled Can Use Comfortably

When I worked at the Cape Canaveral National Seashore, we built boardwalks over the dune so visitors could visit the beach wi...

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Decking

For the Best Decking for a High Altitude, Look for UV-Resistant Materials

High-altitude settings require special consideration when it comes to selecting building materials. For a wooden deck, for ex...

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Railing

Wrought Iron Railing Alternatives

Having worked in older cities in both North America and Europe, I’ve worked on a lot of properties that have called for porch...

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Decking

Should I Repair or Replace my Deck?

In maintenance shops around the world--whether they’re responsible for maintaining lawn mowers or supersonic fighter jets--th...

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Decking

Choosing the Best Composite Decking for Boat Docks in Minnesota

As a young man, one of my first summer jobs was preparing the lakeside piers and decks for spring after the long and cold win...

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Decking

Composite Deck Railing Posts Seamlessly Blend Railings and Decking

A friend with whom I used to work managed to buy a house on the shore in Cape Canaveral not too long ago. When it came time t...

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Decking

Decking for a Roof Terrace Should Be Sleek, Livable, and Easy to Clean

For some time, I’ve been working in a city that’s white hot with building and remodeling projects. There are houses, apartmen...

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