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Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas DIY TIPS Plan seating area to look at great view beyond fire pit Be aware of wind direction - avoid smoke in your face Large fires get hot - be sure seats are far enough away Embers can catch wood decks on fire CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY […]

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Wood Deck Resurfacing Ideas and TIPS Exotic hardwoods decking is hard to install and seal Sun and water ruin traditional treated lumber WATCH deck cleaning video below for non-toxic deck cleaner. Composite decking and railing is what I now have CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: My wood deck sits […]

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Cracked Treated Wood TIPS Treatment chemicals evaporate causing cracks Seal with synthetic-resin sealers - See my test results below WATCH wood epoxy video series below Apply sealer within days of installing treated lumber CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: Over the summer I ripped up the old boards on my […]

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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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