Category: Decks

Ecolife Wood Stabilizer System 0

Ecolife Wood Stabilizer System

Viance. Ecolife is a nonmetallic preservative plus wood stabilizer system that offers long-term protection against decay and termites and provides weathering protection to reduce cracking, warping, and splitting in above-ground applications. The manufacturer says...

Installing Posts For Deck Handrails 0

Installing Posts For Deck Handrails

While building an extension for an existing deck, I was asked to install a new synthetic handrail product around the perimeter of the new and improved deck. The original deck had treated wood deck...

Outdoor Mood Lighting 0

Outdoor Mood Lighting

Those flimsy bamboo and coconut ­torches of luau-themed summer shindigs and Gilligan’s Island reruns now come in dur­able materials such as copper, iron, and steel. They illuminate all manner of outdoor living—not just in...

Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down? 0

Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

So when you install pressure treated, flat sawn, wood decking, do you face the bark side up (left in photo) or bark side down (right in photo)?  Ask ten people and half will likely...

2009 Deck Code Changes – Pay Attention! 0

2009 Deck Code Changes – Pay Attention!

The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) has a number of big changes when it comes to framing decks.  If your state, county or town will be adopting the ’09 IRC you’d better take a...