Deck Dilemma: How to Block an Unpleasant View

If the edge of your yard happens to be right up against your neighbor’s storage space, it can cause an eyesore. What if your neighbors are too loud and you want to enjoy your deck without hearing their conversations? There are a few options to block the view of that storage pile and to cut…

 

Deck Dilemma: How to Make a Steep Slope Work

Is your backyard unusable because of a steep slope? Have you given up on what to do with this space? Did you ever think a deck would be possible in these conditions? Use this slope to your advantage and build a deck specifically for your situation. Before you begin, note that building a deck on…

 

Deck Dilemma: How to Make Use of a Long, Narrow Lot

If your home sits on a long, narrow lot, don’t assume the outdoor space you have is unusable. Much like my last post about utilizing all your outdoor space on a narrow lot, the same applies for a long, narrow lot. You do have more of an advantage here as you may have more square…

 

Deck Dilemma: Can You Build a Deck on a Narrow Lot?

If you live in a city or a neighborhood where the lots are only as wide as your home, you have probably cast off the idea of having a deck. Just because you have a narrow lot does not mean you can’t have an outdoor retreat. Before you get started make sure you are complying…

 

Deck Safety: Split and Decayed Boards

Summer is here which means now is a good time to inspect your deck! Winter brought snow, rain, and ice. When all that moisture sits on old plastic or wood decking, it will soak in, eventually causing splitting or decaying boards. When you inspect your deck it’s important to not miss anything. This includes the ledger board, support posts,…

 

Deck Safety: Flashing and Ledgers

Flashing is a metal or plastic material used as a barrier in moisture sensitive areas. It’s usually found on the ledger board, but just because flashing is present it doesn’t mean it’s doing its job properly. Inspect the ledger and the flashing to see if it’s damaged. Look for the obvious: decayed, soft, or rotted…

 

Deck Safety: Secure Your Railings

Did you know that deck handrails are required to have no more than 4” between each baluster? This code was put in place because when balusters are more than 4” apart on center, it becomes a safety hazard. Go measure the distance between your balusters right now. Are they more than 4” apart? Are the railings less…

 

Deck Safety: Check Your Stairs!

During the summer, you’re going to spend a lot of time outside. This is why now is the best time to check your decking and stairs. After you’ve checked for loose/corroded fasteners and split/decayed wood, be sure to inspect your stairs. If you’re unsure about the safety and stability of your deck and/or stairs, DO NOT…

 

Deck Safety: Grills and Fire Safety

It’s critical to be educated in fire safety before you entertain guests at your next deck party. According to the United State Fire Administration (USFA), in 2012, there were an estimated 5,700 grill fires on residential properties. Knowing how to set your deck up for safety can prevent a disastrous accident from occurring. Here are some tips…

 

Deck Safety: Lighting and Electrical Safety

Summer weather brings late nights; this means more parties and get-togethers. When we spend more time outdoors, especially at night, we need adequate lighting to maintain a reasonable level of safety. This is why it’s crucial to have working lights available so you can keep the party going all night long. Cleaning lights is a…

 
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