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5 construction tips that defeat the drips

Building for the great outdoors calls for a little extra thought at the design and assembly stages. Here are five things you can do to keep your project from falling prey to the rain.

Build to shed water

Build to shed water

Birdbaths and planters should catch rainwater; your patio table should not. Instead of edge-joining lumber for a large, flat tabletop, leave 1/8" gaps between each piece. The gaps allow rain to drain, and let the wood move. Likewise, leave the spaces between slats open so water falls through, or caulk to prevent trapped water.

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