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Decks & Patios For Dummies Paperback – March 30, 1998


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Beckstrom, a nationally known home-remodeling and improvement expert, has put together an A-to-Z book about pretty near everything one needs to know about planning and building decks and patios: the choices of materials, tools, finishes, and accessories like planters, decorative railings, and benches.

Covering all construction techniques literally from the ground up--from foundations, supports, and basic structural guidelines all the way to final finishes and maintenance--this book offers information on everything the do-it-yourselfer could want to know. Throughout, the book is highlighted with special tips and shortcuts, cost-saving tips and tricks, warnings about pitfalls and common mistakes, and a special emphasis on "learning the lingo": explaining the terminology of tools, hardware, and materials, as well as common building words and expressions. At 356 pages and with hundreds of useful illustrations, color photographs, and a detailed index for easy reference, this is the book you need if you are fantasizing about or planning a deck or patio for your home. --Mark A. Hetts

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"The guidebook to turning your yard into your favorite getaway destination." — Bill Crosby, Editorial Director, ImproveNet "An outstanding reference for beginners and first-time homeowners." — Boston Globe "A concise, well-put-together summary of everything do-it-yourselfers need to know to build their dream decks." — Pamela Allsebrook, California Redwood Association

8 Pages of Colorful Photos to Motivate the Do-It-Yourselfer!

Build a Great Deck or Patio Without Breaking Your Back — or the Bank! Planning a backyard bash but have nowhere to put the barbecue? Let this fun-filled, practical guide help you design, build, and maintain the outdoor space of your dreams. Written with the do-it-yourself builder in mind, Decks & Patios For Dummies® brings you everything you need to know to do a top-notch job — including tips on when to get help! Before you know it, you'll be flipping burgers out back. Time to Hit the Deck!

  • Plan the functional and fun outdoor haven that works best for your space
  • Find out about basic rules of design so you can create your own layout
  • Choose your surface — wood, concrete, brick, flagstone, or tiles
  • Treat your deck with the right sealant for the surface you've selected
  • Build a solid patio foundation that won't flood with the first rain
  • Don't forget the amenities — barbecues, benches, overheads, planters, and more
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550751
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
My husband is a construction type but I'm not and the deck was my project to plan. This book was great! I looked at a couple of dozen deck books and this was the only one that explained how to build a deck in a way that my contruction-impaired mind could comprehend. Very specific, step by step building instructions, a thorough review of the planning process and wonderful ideas for extra features. My only wishes are more photograhs and more information on alternative decking materials.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ben Barns on April 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for someone thinking about building a deck or patio cover. I'm pretty good around the house with tools and backyard projects, but there are some great tricks in this book that I didn't know. I would recommend this book for those who need a little added confidence to take on a deck or patio project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle DeGrace on October 2, 2012
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This is the fourth deck book I've purchased, and I am so glad I did. It is perfect for someone like me who needs to know everything about building a deck because I've no prior experience. The book is so thorough and discusses so many more things than my other books do. There aren't a lot of deck pictures, so if you're looking for a lot of pictures for ideas, this is probably not the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna L. Goemer on August 1, 2013
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I bought this for pennies. It was like new. Such a deal, thank you very much. I wanted a book so I could build a deck for my husband. Title seemed to be the right one. Simple to read. Came fast.
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