Free Deck Plans and Building Guides from The Family Handyman Magazine
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information with easy to follow step-by-step instructions, plans and
For more than fifty
years, The Family Handyman Magazine has been providing readers
with the most up-to-date home improvement information with easy
to follow step-by-step instructions, plans and photographs. Now,
many of their best how-to articles are available online:
Build a Wood and Stone Deck
eye-catching cedar deck surrounded by a veneered stone wall with
a free, downloadable plan set.
Build a Dream Deck
Get complete downloadable plans and building instructions to
help you create a beautiful deck and shade pergola.
Seven Deck-Building Tips
Techniques for building decks, stairs and railings.
Building a Solid, Frost-Proof
Prevent frost-heave damage by pouring the concrete right.
Attaching a New Deck to a House:
The Correct Method
Construction details for deck ledgers.
Attach a Deck to a House with
How to fasten a deck ledger strip to a house with vinyl or
Making Deck Posts
Use your circular saw to make decorative deck posts.
Building Deck Stairs
How to figure out the math, lay out and cut the stringers, and
assemble the stair parts.
Comparing Decking Materials
Which is the best decking material - cedar, pressure-treated or
composite lumber? Compare their durability, appearance and cost.
Composite or synthetic decking is the ultimate choice for a
low-maintenance, long-lasting deck. Learn about your decking
Cedar and Glass Deck Railings
Dress up a dull deck
with sturdy, handsome railing that provides a wide-open view.
The tinted glass is strong and safe, and it adds flair to your
How to install low-voltage lights for your deck.
A Deck Privacy Fence
Convert a deck railing into a handsome privacy screen and block
nosy neighbors, unsightly views, wind and noise.
Build an Island Deck
Built with composite decking and hidden fasteners, this
maintenance-free backyard deck is designed to go together fast
and to fit in anywhere
How to Build a Garden Pond and
Plans for a
rectangular reflecting pond with ground-level boardwalk.