Decorative Columns

By Robert Robillard

Decorative Columns: Orders Of Architecture The classical orders are ancient styles of building design distinguished by their proportions and their characteristic profiles and details, but most quickly recognizable by the type of “column” and “capital” used. With decorative columns, there are five so-called classical orders, which are named Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite. Each…

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Unstable Deck

By Robert Robillard

Unstable Deck Causes Discussed: Question Anonymous said… Hi, I found your notes through Ask.com, and I thought you might help me with a problem. We’ve built a 12 ft. by 14 ft. deck to hold a 500 lb. playhouse. We sunk posts at each corner and in the center, but it still wobbles. We basically…

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Deck Ledger Flashing

By Robert Robillard

The Importance of Deck Ledger Flashing: Recently I have been spending my time working up off of Monument Street performing exterior rot replacement in anticipation of having the house  painted. This normally means going over the house with a fine tooth comb looking for problem areas to fix. Deck ledger flashing problem areas typically seem…

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Repairing A Mahogany Deck

By Robert Robillard

Repairing A Mahogany Deck on a Historic House: Today my main goal was to finish screwing down the 1×4 mahogany decking. I have been using 2 1/2″ self drilling stainless steel screws and pre-drilling all the butt joints. The downspout drain pipe shown in the corner runs through the deck and into a dry well…

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Repairing a Rotting Deck

By Robert Robillard

Wood Deck Repair Repairing a Rotting Deck: at Henry David Thoreau’s Historic Home Day 2 involved addressing the rotted corner board and damaged clapboards. the corner boards were removed back to the nearest joint. Although sometimes necessary, I dislike installing small or short patches of trim and always opt for breaking boards back to the…

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