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Keep Things Dry Under a Deck

Friday, May 27th, 2011

If you ever want to add storage or a patio under a deck, you’ll need a means of keeping the area dry. There are numerous under-deck drainage systems available that can accomplish this goal. Some have to be professionally installed, while others, especially the ones meant to retrofit an existing deck, can be easily installed by any competent DIYer.

Under-deck Drainage

Deck drainage systems keep under-deck areas dry with simple troughs that fit under the deck boards. The troughs trap rainwater and redirect it into gutters and downspouts.

There are some differences in the systems, but all work on pretty much the same principle (Illustration, above). They consist of “troughs” that get installed under or in between the deck joists. As water runs through the deck boards, it collects in these troughs, which are tilted toward the outside of the deck. Then the water flows into a gutter-like system that directs the water to a downspout.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Label Those Cables

Friday, May 20th, 2011

With today’s complicated entertainment center and computer setups, it can be difficult to identify all the cords and cables plugged into the power strip. But there is a simple way to make sense of the “bird’s nest.”

Label Cables

What you can do is simply save those little plastic tabs that hold bread bags closed, write the component names on them, and slip them over the ends of cords near the plugs. Now you no longer have to wonder which cord goes with which component when you need to identify or unplug a cord.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Extra-Sturdy Lumber Storage

Friday, May 13th, 2011

If your garage or shed has exposed wall studs, it’s super-simple to make a lumber storage system. Just use 2x4s to make bracket arms and an arm support, and then slip the arms around an exposed wall stud as shown. A few screws driven through the parts and into the stud secure the bracket and create a sturdy storage solution.

Lumber Storage

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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The Puck Stops Here

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Air compressors are noisy tools to begin with, and many have metal legs that rattle around and make them even louder. If you get tired of the racket like we did, just bolt a pair of hockey pucks to the bottom of the compressor’s metal leg to serve as shock absorbers and compress the sound.

Hockey Puck

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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