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Deck and Patio Repair

If your decking was installed with nails that are slowly coming loose, pounding them back in is only a temporary fix. The better solution is to remove the loose nails and replace them with deck screws. These are easily installed with an inexpensive attachment to your power drill and will ensure...

Deck Design Ideas for Safer Structures

Building a deck may seem like a rather simple home improvement project. But if you don’t build your deck correctly, it could become very dangerous. Here are five deck design ideas to make sure your deck is safe:

Deck Design: Multi-level decks can be very attractive, however keep in mind this...

Decor Planning

When the weather turns pleasantly warm, most of us jump at the chance to open the windows, replace our door and window screens and let fresh air provide soothing, natural ventilation to our stale winterized homes.  But storm doors can be clunky and partially obstruct your view, and sliding...

Cheap Home Improvements: More Affordable Home Upgrades

In an uncertain housing market, dropping big bucks on complex home improvement projects isn’t always the way to go.  However, with a little DIY know-how and a conservative amount of cash, there is a lot you can do to enhance both the value and enjoyment of your home.

Here are seven cheap...

Building and Remodeling

This spring and summer, thousands of homeowners will perform the necessary maintenance for their wood decks. They'll strip, sand and stain their decking and railing to help revive the looks and preserve the structural integrity of the deck.
 
For Will Spivey, a homeowner in western North...

Lighting Design

If you’re missing the days of spending warm evenings outside on your deck or patio, there’s no need to stop. You can use your outdoor spaces for a bit longer if you know how to make them cool-weather friendly.

The first thing you need is heat, of course, and an outdoor fireplace can do the...