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Black Spots on Deck Boards TIPS Wood fibers in composite decking are food No-maintenance is a myth WATCH oxygen bleach cleaning video below Magic copper solution prevents spots CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve got 1,500 square feet of lakefront boardwalk made from composite decking. The brand is Trex […]

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Diagonal braces are used to keep your building project square and structurally solid. Without bracing, walls or decks can collapse since there isn't any lateral stability. Be sure to check your building codes for diagonal brace requirements.

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Deck Railing Connection TIPS NEVER notch deck posts Through bolts NOT lag bolts to deck joists Use special galvanized hardware - See Below WATCH Video below for great connectors! CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter!   Deck Post Danger Deck railing posts are the foundation of a deck railing system. They must be strong. […]

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Install a Deck Post TIPS Use treated lumber for ground contact Connect to pier and deck beams with Simpson, or equal, structural framing connectors Watch my Deck Railing SAFETY video below! Fasteners for structural connectors must be Simpson rated for extreme exposure CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter DEAR TIM: This is the […]

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This is an experiment. I want to see if you're interested in discovering how and why things work around your home in a fun and clever way. Please take the quiz below. It's only five questions. All of the questions are REQUIRED. I'll be publishing graphic results of how you and others did on each question. The […]

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DEAR TIM: I read your column each week in our paper and a few weeks ago you talked about building stairs for a deck. I can handle that but am worried about how to make all the complex cuts required for the deck stair railing. I realize you can’t provide step-by-step directions in the space […]

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DEAR TIM: I need to build some simple outdoor steps to replace ones that fell apart and rotted, even though they were made with treated lumber. I’m fairly handy and have a decent grasp of the math but would love some tips to get professional results. I’d also like to prevent the new steps from […]

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Tim Carter describes what Trex RainEscape is. This is not a how-to-install-it video. Go to Trex RainEscape for detailed installation videos. This product protects that area below your deck by channeling water away from that area. LOOK AT PHOTO BELOW to see why snow and ice will not harm it. Click here for Trex RainEscape […]

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Tim Carter shows what Trex Protect Joist Tape is and how to install it to keep the nails and decks on your deck so they don't come loose. If you can fog a mirror, you can install this great product. CLICK HERE to purchase the special tape Tim used on his own deck joists.  

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DEAR TIM: In just a few weeks, a builder will show up to completely rebuild my deck. The house is only twenty years old and the treated lumber used to build it is rotting away. The centers of the deck railing posts are crumbling. I thought treated lumber was supposed to last forever. What is […]

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