Decks Projects & Advice

Extend your home outdoors with these DIY deck projects.

A landing functions essentially as a large step that interrupts a tall stairway. For the builder, the landing provides a convenient spot from which to change the direction of the stairway. For the homeowner, the landing provides a spot to catch your breath momentarily while climbing.
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A landing functions essentially as a large step that interrupts a tall stairway. For the builder, the landing provides a convenient spot from which to change the direction of the stairway. For the homeowner, the landing provides a spot to catch your breath momentarily while climbing.
By BlackAndDecker

A landing functions essentially as a large step that interrupts a tall stairway. For the builder, the landing provides a convenient spot from which to change the direction of the stairway. For the homeowner, the landing provides a spot to catch your breath momentarily while climbing.
By BlackAndDecker

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted end-to-end, make sure to stagger the joints so they do not overlap from row to row.
By BlackAndDecker

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted end-to-end, make sure to stagger the joints so they do not overlap from row to row.
By BlackAndDecker

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted
By BlackAndDecker

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible. If boards must be butted end-to-end, make sure to stagger the joints so they do not overlap from row to row
By BlackAndDecker

Buy decking boards that are long enough to span the width of the deck, if possible.
By BlackAndDecker

A curved deck is created by cutting joists to match the curved profile, then attaching a curved rim joist, which can be shaped in one of two ways (see Construction Options). Braces attached to the tops of the joists hold them in place as the rim joist is installed.
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A curved deck is created by cutting joists to match the curved profile, then attaching a curved rim joist, which can be shaped in one of two ways (see Construction Options). Braces attached to the tops of the joists hold them in place as the rim joist is installed.
By BlackAndDecker

Finish a deck with clear sealer-preservative or staining sealer. Sealer-preservatives protect wood from water and rot, and are often used on cedar or redwood because they preserve the original color of the wood.
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Vinyl and composite decking may be easier to maintain and more durable than solid wood, but these materials aren’t completely exempt from a bit of cosmetic cleanup now and again.
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Wood decking continues to be the preferred choice over composite decking, primarily due to price. Although the perception of composite decking is changing as it grows in popularity, when you think about a deck, chances are you still imagine the surface covered in real wood.
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Composite decking has only been around for a few decades, but it’s a compelling option to consider for your deck.
By BlackAndDecker

When we moved into our house, there was nothing in the backyard except dirt and rocks. We did all the work ourselves, which made it even more special.
By BlackAndDecker

I would like to find plans for a 14' by 16' cantelevered low profile platform deck so I will not see the cement stands underneath the deck. The overhang will give it a floating look.
By rdwilson

Links for a certain deck bench image link back to the Black and Decker site, but I cannot find the plans in the projects page. Where can I find the plans for the deck bench shown on this web page? http://www.woodworkcity.com/wordpress/2007/02/13/deck-bench-plans/
By bbooks

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