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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

Cutting a Curved Deck

Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Make a Modern Trellis

Make a Modern Trellis

For a high-end, architectural look, opt for a horizontally oriented trellis. It's fresher than traditional styles, and making one from scratch is easier than you might think.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Setting and Cutting Posts

Setting and Cutting Posts

Posts must be plumb for your deck to be stable and so other framing members can be accurately aligned. Setting posts is ideally a two-person job. There's a lot of precise work required here, and additional hands and eyes will help immensely. The easiest method for cutting posts...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour