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Installing Solid-Board Fencing

Installing Solid-Board Fencing

A solid-board fence is made of posts and rails like any other fence. A few changes, however, make it both more durable and more attractive. Most important is the cap rail that runs across the top. The cap rail protects the tops of the posts, which absorb water more readily and...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 5 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

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

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

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

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

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 an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an alternate-board fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

Installing Fence Posts

Installing Fence Posts

If you want your fence to outlast its first summer, you need to set the posts deep enough in the ground to withstand wind, rain, and frost. With that in mind, there is only one hard-and-fast rule when you're digging a fence posthole: Dig a hole for the post that is half as...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Pouring Footings

Pouring Footings

There are several things you must do to the concrete after it's in the footing and before it hardens. First move your wheelbarrow or mixer as close to the footing as you can before mixing the concrete. Second always pour a complete footing. If you need to mix another batch...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 1 hour

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

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

 
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