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A house-attached patio roof takes advantage of the house’s structure by supporting one end of the roof on a ledger mounted horizontally to the house. The ledger, typically a 2 by 6, is usually designed to hold one end of the patio-roof rafters.

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Expert advice on how to clean and fix a barbecue, including removing charred food from the grill, cleaning burners, and more. Also, basic barbecue repairs.

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This expert, unbiased buying guide will help you chooses the right dehumidifier for your home. Includes information on solving humidity problems and selecting between portable

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