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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

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

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

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

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 overhead structure

Building an overhead structure

Build a pergola with the same basic building methods used in deck building. Spacing of structural framing usually can be greater because of the lighter load. The number of cover pieces depends on how much shade you desire. Install beams at different heights to make a sloping ...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 4 hours

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

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

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

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

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

Building Stairs with a Landing

Building Stairs with a Landing

Using a landing to break up a long stair run makes the stairs easier and safer to traverse. You can also build a landing to change the direction of the stair run. In either case, all sections of a stairway must be constructed with the same rises and runs throughout. Build the...

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

 
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