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Decks & Fences

Decks & Fences

Guides, tools and more to help you create the ultimate deck and fence.

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Build a Birdbath (Rio 2 Movie)

Build a Birdbath (Rio 2 Movie)

Kids will learn how to build a birdbath inspired by the movie Rio 2 with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

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Build a Retaining Wall

Build a Retaining Wall

In this workshop, you will learn the basic steps for building a retaining wall from landscape blocks.

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Build a Deck

Build a Deck

You will learn how to use the appropriate tools to build a freestanding deck.

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How to Build Stairs to a Deck

How to Build Stairs to a Deck

Building steps to a deck may seem daunting, but with the right time and effort, you can end up with a great finished product.

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How To Stain A Deck

How To Stain A Deck

Whether you're finishing a new deck or fence, or an existing one is starting to look worn, applying a stain can give it a fresh new look and protect the wood from discoloration caused sunlight.

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How To Set Fence Posts

How To Set Fence Posts

Setting fence posts is the first and most important step when you're installing a new fence. Set your fence posts straight and sturdy to ensure the rest of your fence is properly supported.

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How To Build A Gate

How To Build A Gate

A well-built gate makes a great addition to a fence, giving easy access in and out of your yard. Match your gate with the design of your fence for a consistent finish.

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Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Installing Board-and-Batten Fencing

Board-and-batten fencing mimics the siding once applied to farm sheds, barns, and similar outbuildings. An important part of this fence is the cap rail. Without it the end grain of every board would be exposed to the weather, shortening the life of the fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Build a Privacy Fence

Build a Privacy Fence

Here's a fence that will have enormous impact in the garden. Lengths of lumber in two sizes are butt-jointed to fence posts. The grey stained planks are precisely placed in a linear pattern, creating a stunning contemporary wall that has just enough privacy without compromising...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 5 hours

Installing a Ledger on Siding

Installing a Ledger on Siding

Installing a ledger on the house is the first step in laying out an attached deck. The ledger, which is actually a header for the joist, establishes the height of the deck and transfers the weight of the deck to the foundation of the house.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Louvre Fencing

Louver Fencing

Louver fencing is a fancy version of standard board fencing. The boards are mounted at an angle to the face of the fence, and because of the angle, they provide nearly as much privacy as a board fence, along with ventilation. The trick to getting a uniform angle from board to...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Building an arch-top arbor

Building an arch-top arbor

Arch-top arbors are classic and beautiful, especially when roses are climbing up the sides and over the top.

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Skill: Expert

Time: 5 hours