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Installing Railings

Installing Railings

Building codes vary, but most require a railing on decks more than 30 inches above the ground. A railing height requirement of 36 inches is common. Railing posts can be attached to the outer face of the perimeter joists, or can be through posts supported by the footings. You ...

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Skill: Beginner

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

Making Stringers

Making Stringers

There are two types of stringers: Open stringers, also called cut stringers, have notches for steps cut into them. The treads are attached to the notches. Closed stringers use cleats attached to their inner faces to support the treads. Open stringers take a little more time than...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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

Installing Prefab Fence Panels

Installing Prefab Fence Panels

Prefab fence panels are one of the fastest ways to build an attractive fence. Panels come in a variety of designs, from picket fences to board fences topped with lattice. It pays to shop around for the panels that best suit your house, your pocketbook, and your tastes. Compared...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 hours

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an alternate-board fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Laying Out Fences and Gates

Laying Out Fences and Gates

The best way to lay out a fence is with batterboards, which are a bit fancier than stakes and string but allow you to reposition the string without moving the stake. For string, use mason's line-it won't sag like regular string does. If the fence has two or more sides,...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Laying Out Footings

Laying Out Footings

Once the ledger is in place, you can use it to locate the footing, laying out the site and footing locations with batterboards and mason's lines. Mason's line can be stretched tightly without breaking and won't sag. Don't use a substitute. Batterboards must be...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Potted Herbs

Potted Herbs

Create a herb or vegetable planter box. Customize your container to suit your culinary passions. Start your garden from scratch using eco-certified seeds and you'll be rewarded with super-healthy and great tasting results.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

Digging Footings

Digging Footings

Digging footing holes with a clamshell digger is quick and inexpensive, but makes sense only if you need only a few shallow holes in loamy soil. For most every other installation, rent a machine to make the work easier. You have two choices-either a one-person or two -person ...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

Building Benches

Building Benches

Deck benches can be either freestanding or built in. The advantage of freestanding benches is that you can move them anywhere you need additional seating. Built-in benches are fastened to joists and they make a nice addition at the perimeter for a low-level deck that doesn't...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Building Your Own Fence Sections

Building Your Own Fence Sections

The most popular fence types are picket, alternate board, solid board, louver, and basket weave. Building any of these fences is a three-step process: install the posts, install the rails, and screw on the fencing. Intervals of 4,6, and 8 feet between posts are typical. Choose...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

 
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