Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
attaching railing post to deck

How to Attach Railing Posts to Deck Framing

When homeowners and DIYers build a deck, they often fail to attach the railing posts to the deck framing securely. A secure method of attaching railing posts to a deck is to notch the post at the bottom so it fit snugly in the space between the two outer floor joists. Watch this video to find out more.
Danny Lipford installs wood deck post in concrete footing

How to Attach a Wood Post to Concrete

Attaching a wood post to a deck's concrete footing, a concrete walkway, patio or porch slab is easy. Here’s how to do it.
Installing spindles in composite porch railing.

Installing Composite Fencing and Railing on the Kuppersmith Project

In addition to the composite decking used on the porch floor of the Kuppersmith Project house renovation, we also installed a low-maintenance composite fencing around the backyard and composite handrails on the back porch. Watch this video to find out more.

How to Build Gates for a Wood Deck

Deck gates help keep your kids safe during quality time with Mommy and Daddy.

How to Fix Slippery Stairs

Outdoor wooden stairs get dirty, slick and dangerous. Here's how to make them less slippery.
Completed wood deck railing.

Building Handrails for a Wooden Deck

Learn how to build handrails for a wooden deck the easy way, including proper baluster spacing and railing height. Watch this video to find out more.
making safe outdoor steps

How to Make Outdoor Steps Safe

Falls are the number one cause of injuries around the home, and slippery outdoor wooden stairs can often be the culprit. To make your stairs safer, install abrasive safety strips (available at home centers) to each step. Watch this video to find out more.
Using a nail gun to attach handrail spindles to rails

How to Build Wood Deck Handrails

To give a deck that perfect finishing touch, as well as to address safety concerns, it needs to have a handrail around it. Watch this video to see how to construct deck railings and spindles from pressure treated wood.
Dog sitting in the grass

Repairing a Lawn Damaged by Dogs

Cathy's two dogs are causing a "mess" in the back yard.  They pick the same spot at the bottom of the deck to relieve themselves, and now the grass is beginning to die.