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Read This Before You Build Your Deck

A jig and screw kit allows fast installation of decking without pilot holes. The secret of the handy hidden fastener system is an augering screw that hogs out wood as it's driven, along with a special tool that holds it at the proper angle and acts as a board spacer.

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Raised bed/planter/fence/privacy screen: this is now featured at http://www.instructables.com/id/HOW-TO-BUILD-MULTI-USE-RAISED-BED-PLANTERS-WITH-PR/ with complete instructions for building a planter with a back 48"H. You can get a PDF too. Please vote for me in the "Outdoor Structures" contest. Thanx!!

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from This Old House

All About Composite Decking

Composite deck flooring comes in a variety of profiles: some easier to install, some lighter, some both. Here's how to choose the one that's right for you. | Photo: Ted Morrison | thisoldhouse.com

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from eHow

How to Make a Free-Standing Hammock Stand

Hammocks make for the ultimate backyard "staycation." Nothing says summer quite like reading a book in a hammock! This free-standing wood hammock stand uses basic, pressure-treated wood posts, deck screws, and 45-degree angles to create a custom-looking stand for about $60 — much less than the average cost of a store-bought hammock base! This project creates a hammock base that's 13-feet long from eye bolt to eye bolt, making it the perfect length for 11-foot-long hammocks.

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My pallet decking, lots of pallets hard work (and help) but great project and only cost was screws and decking stain. Oh and lights from ebay for £20. Made a wall planter in the corner too.

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