Installing Porch Railings

By Robert Robillard

Mahogany Porch Railing and Balusters This method is useful for making porch and deck railings. For this project I prefer using the pre-molded mahogany railing and often use it for both the top and bottom horizontal railing. I use this method to cut my mahogany balusters.  This allows me to make multiple and consistently sized…

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Cutting Deck Balusters

By Robert Robillard

This week I was rebuilding a porch and needed to make 20 porch balusters all the same size.  this article is about cutting deck balusters so they are all the exact same size! Cutting Porch Balusters: 1.  Make a stop block that is 2-3″ higher than the miter saw cutting table. 2.  Screw your miter…

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Deck Cleaning

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning A Wood Deck Many people ask  what is a good way to safely clean a wood deck?  What is the best sealer to use once I have finished? Many people think that using a pressure wash on their deck will re vitalize the wood.  What they don’t understand or know is that a high…

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Pressure Washing Your Deck With Sprayglide

By Robert Robillard

The folks at Spray Glide. Recently sent me their pressure washer accessory. SprayGlide Pressure Washer Accessory The Sprayglide™ attaches to any pressure washer with a wand measuring from 1 / 2 ” (12.7mm) wands and 3 / 4″ (19mm) wands Sprayglide™ is made of strong 30% glass filled nylon, a stainless steel axle, and solid…

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Back Priming Deck Boards

By Robert Robillard

Sealing Deck Boards Before installing wood decking like Ipe or Mahogany boards I always try to convince my customer to allow for the extra cost of back priming the deck boards to seal them from moisture. In most of these situations the deck boards are oiled or stained. In these cases I use a clear…

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Installing A Sunsetter Awning

By Robert Robillard

How To Install an Awning Today was a first.  A longtime client of mine asked me to install a SunSetter Awning on her house above her deck door.  This article discusses installing a Sunsetter awning and some tips and techniques I learned. The awning came carefully and smartly packaged with all the fasteners needed for…

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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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