DIY Deck Installation Series
We put together this series of deck articles to help you get the most out of your old home. Written by our experts, these articles explore a range of deck issues, from restoration and repair to demolition and new construction. Click on any article title to learn more.
Learn how to evaluate your deck and determine what, if any, repairs need to be made.
Find out exactly what hardware you’ll need to get your deck back into top shape.
Get instructions and advice on how to perform some of the simpler deck repairs.
If your deck has bad joists, this article offers tips on partial and total joist replacements.
Let us help you “plan your attack” with these helpful tips for effective demolition.
If you’re planning to build a new deck, learn the pros and cons of composite materials.
Find out what details you need to figure out before you begin building a new deck.
As you begin your deck construction, read this article to get tips on how to properly install joists.
Featuring final instructions on deck construction, this article is a must-read, even if you are hiring a deck contractor.
Jim Mallery, a semi-retired journalist and onetime registered contractor, has extensive experience remodeling, repairing, and rebuilding homes.