Ask This Old House: Tom Silva’s Greatest Hits

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on September 27, 2016

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This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps homeowners fix, build, and maintain their backyard decks

Here’s just a sampling of the many deck-related topics that Tom has tackled over the years: Expanding an existing deck to gain more outdoor living space. Building new handrails for enhanced safety and appearance. Refinishing a weather-beaten deck to like-new condition. Repairing a badly rotted deck post. Fixing a split stair riser. Reattaching a loose ledger board. Prying up old decking and installing new deck boards. Removing outdated, unsafe handrails. Helping homeowners build a deck from scratch. Pouring concrete piers into fiber-form tubes. Installing metal brackets to support wooden deck posts. Showing how to properly attach a new ledger board with lag screws. Choosing the latest low-maintenance decking materials. Installing a hidden fastening system on deck boards. Demonstrating a few tricks of the trade for laying out deck-railing balusters.

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