Learning and Design Idea Center


YouTube: Vinyl railing installation

YouTube: Vinyl decking installation

Vinyl railing installation instructions

Vinyl post cladding installation

How to install vinyl fence

How to install vinyl decking

Calculations for deck boards and fasteners

How to install monofilament horse fence


Deck and Railing Safety Inspection

Pool Safety Tips

North American Deck and Railing Association

Codes & Regulations

Building Codes, Laws, and Property Lines

The Pennsylvania One-call System

Ideas from our Photo Gallery

Pergola by backyard pond

Technical Books

Decks and Porches, the JLC Guide to Best Practices for Outdoor Spaces, Bliss (Editor),The Journal of Light Construction, Williston VT, 2010

Manual for the Inspection of Residential Wood Decks and Balconies, Anderson, Woeste, & Loferski, 2003, Forest Products Society.

Landscape & Design

The Language of Fences

Five Ways to Success with Your Deck Makeover

Deer Fencing Still Ranks Highest as Deer Deterrent

How to Use Faux Stone Columns and Panels

Decks, Porches Influence Home Sales

Railing Replacements to the Rescue

Advantages of American-made Vinyl

Choosing Vines for Your Fence

When Trellis Meets Vine

Trellis, Arbor, Pergola, Gazebo

Web Sites

Deck Inspections, Illustrated, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc.

Design Books 

The Fence Bible, Beneke. Storey Publishing, 2005

Wooden Fences, Nash, 1999, Taunton Press

Fences for Pasture and Garden, Damerow, 1992, Storey Publishing

Deckscaping, Ellis, 2002, Storey Publishing

Deerproofing Your Yard and Garden, Hart, 2005, Storey Publishing

Entryways and Doorways, Cryder, 2008, Schiffer Publishing

Front Yard Idea Book, Webber, 2002, Taunton Press

Books about fences, decking, and landscape design.