Deck Safety

By Robert Robillard

Deck Replacement or Repair? There are approximately 40 million decks in the United States and only half of those are code compliant.  Deck safety is a real problem. Every year we hear about decks that collapse under the weight of people or snow load. If you have an existing deck that is more than 3…

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Feeney LED Deck Lighting

By Robert Robillard

Feeney Deck Lighting LED Strip Lights Deck lighting is the latest rage and LED light strips are starting to become more and more popular among designers and deck builders.  The folks at Feeney developed LED light strip that are designed to be used on their DesignRail aluminum railings.  These light rails provide nice ambiance for outdoor living and also  excellent safety lighting at stairs…

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Deckorators Vault Decking

By Scott Arnold

Deckorators – Revolutionary Vault Decking Deckorators recently announced the availability of revolutionary Deckorators Vault composite decking. This composite decking looks and works like wood but is much stronger and more stable than anything on the wood-alternative decking market today. Deckorators Vault Decking Strength by Eovations Technology The Vault strength comes from patented Eovations technology. This…

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Removing A Cantilevered Balcony

By Robert Robillard

Removing A Balcony And Installing A Railing The second floor balcony on front of this house has been leaking into the garage ceiling below for some time. After going back and forth on whether to repair the leak it was decided to remove the balcony and install a railing across the doorway. We staged the…

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Veranda Armorguard vs Weathershield Decking

By Robert Robillard

Outdoor Living When entertaining the favorite hangout in my home always seemed to be the kitchen. There seems to be a magnetic pull to the kitchen, especially when my wife is in there entertaining the crowd with her culinary skills and great sense of humor. A sense of humor, I might add, sometimes at my…

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How to Repair Concrete Deck Anchor Bolt

By Robert Robillard

How To Replace A Deck Footing Threaded Bolts Even the best carpenters I know sometimes pour a footing that is off or place the threaded J-bolt [anchor bolt] in the wrong location.  This article will show you how to repair concrete deck anchor bolt when placed in the wrong location. Concrete Footings and J-Bolts Concrete…

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Installing Deck Footings

By Robert Robillard

What’s Important when Installing Deck Footings If you want your wooden deck posts to be dead center in the middle of the concrete footing, then you need to have the outline of the deck built and suspended in the air.  Installing deck footings is very simple to do. Trick for Lining Up the Footings My…

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Poly Classic Columns

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Concord Carpenter. Used poly classic columns. Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer Columns In the world of residential and commercial remodeling I repair and replace a lot of columns and have recently been leaning ion using Poly Classic columns.  [See:  How To Replace A Porch Column] Decorative house columns have returned to popularity not only for traditional homes…

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