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How to Attach a Deck to a House

Install a new deck, or reattach an existing one, that is set up to last.

How to Give Your Deck a Spring Cleaning

Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.

How to Drain a Hot Tub

Hot tubs are meant for relaxation, but there’s one aspect of owning one that may be stressing you out: draining the water to clean the tub. Read our guide to learn how to drain your hot tub.

Decking Material Options to Consider

Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.

How to Fix a Wobbly Deck

Learn more about the two common causes for a wobbly deck and how to stabilize your space.


How to Re-Stain a Deck

In this edition of DIY Smarts, Ask This Old House painter Mauro Henrique teaches a homeowner how to re-stain her mahogany deck.

Simple Steps to Get Your Deck Ready for the Season

Before you hit the deck, give it a little TLC with these pro tips

With Deck and Patio, a Backyard Fully Built for Family

Forget grass: For this young family, a handsome wood deck that steps down to a brick patio comprises the ideal chilling, cooking, playing, and entertaining space

How to Fix a Sliding Door

Go from sticky to smooth in a few easy steps

Refresh Your Deck

Bringing luster back to weather-beaten wood

Swabbing the Deck

Pick a warm autumn day to get your deck ready for winter

Repairing Sagging Screens

The key to keeping your new screen from sagging or drooping