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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 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

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 an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an Alternate-Board Fence

Building an alternate-board fence.

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Skill: Intermediate

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

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

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

Building a trellis panel

Building a trellis panel

Unsupported, a trellis panel is flexible, and thinner ones are downright flimsy. Consequently, the first step in any trellis project is to strengthen it with a frame. The frame begins as a 2x4; a prefab channel that you nail to it holds the trellis in place. Vinyl channels are...

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Skill: Intermediate

Time: 1 hour

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

Design a Zen Corner

Design a Zen Corner

Basic garden ingredients can be used to great effect even if space is tight. Harness the power of simplicity and repetition in this project, which incorporates a raised-garden kit, soil, simple gravel and drought-hardy plants.

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Skill: Beginner

Time: 2 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

 
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