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Latching On Latching On

When a deck collapses, it's often because the ledger wasn't properly installed. Whether a collapse is the result of foolish work practices (say only nail-gunning a ledger to a band joist) or simply outdated technique (no flashing between the siding and the ledger -- which is how we learned to do it years ago), or even a deck put to uses for which it wasn't designed, i.e., hot tubs, the thought of a deck coming down is terrifying. Read more

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Latching On Latching On

A deck's ledger board is its most important part. Read more

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Circular Thinking Circular Thinking

Square or rectangular decks are great, but if you're out to wow a high-end client, you'll need to know how to bend materials. Read more

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Wall-To-Window (or Door) Wall-To-Window (or Door)

I can't tell you how many jobs I've done where the scope and complexity increased enormously after hearing the homeowner utter this seemingly harmless phrase: "You know, we were thinking ..." A new deck can be a gateway project for customers: Once they see how awesome it is, their creative juices start flowing and you start talking about add-ons. Read more

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Blue Skies Blue Skies

Runnin' and gunnin' is usually the way things go on roof replacements. But for skylights, slow down, lay out, and dial in.The reason -- especially for new fenestration -- is that skylights tie in to interior finishes and have a big impact on customer satisfaction. It's usually carpentry-oriented workers who best handle the framing, shaft, and trim details. Read more

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