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If you are building a deck, you will need to mount the wood posts on concrete piers. First the concrete piers must be in the proper location or the support beams won't be lined up. The deck must also be supported for side forces and uplift forces.

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Many deck sealers don't perform as desired. Some deck stains start to fail just a month after applying. As part of an ongoing deck stain test, you can see some of the results after just seven months of sun exposure.

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Proper hold down anchors are required when building a deck or a screened-in porch, that is being added to an existing patio. The manufacturers of the hold down anchors sell the correct bolts, screws, fasteners to make up a system that will provide you with all the structural integrity you need for both jobs.

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Concrete piers are vertical structural elements that support the weight of a building or structure. Their design and installation must consider the weight being supported and the frost line in your area. There are preformed concrete pier forms that provide you with the properly shaped concrete pier foundation.

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Tim Carter demonstrates in a six-part video series how to rebuild a defective front porch and permanently stop water leaks into the home. This second video shows the hidden problem once the decking has been removed.

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Diagonal braces are used to keep your building project square and structurally solid. Without bracing, walls or decks can collapse since there isn't any lateral stability. Be sure to check your building codes for diagonal brace requirements.

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