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If you are building a deck, you will need to mount the wood posts on concrete piers. First the concrete piers must be in the proper location or the support beams won't be lined up. The deck must also be supported for side forces and uplift forces.

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Searching for the Holy Grail of deck stains and sealers? Most wood deck stains or sealers don't last. You are faced with staining your deck year after year. A side-by-side test of deck stains could show which product performs that best. I did the test and the results are in.

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Many deck sealers don't perform as desired. Some deck stains start to fail just a month after applying. As part of an ongoing deck stain test, you can see some of the results after just seven months of sun exposure.

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Cleaning and sealing any outdoor wood is not much different than doing the same thing for a wood deck. Outdoor wood tables, chairs, fencing, wood playsets, arbors, etc. all take the same abuse from Mother Nature.

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Algae can grow in a number of places. It grows on roof shingles, shaded decks and steps. Do you know how to remove algae? Oxygen bleach is an easy way to remove algae and it is safe for the environment.

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Tim Carter demonstrates in a six-part video series how to rebuild a defective front porch and permanently stop water leaks into the home. This second video shows the hidden problem once the decking has been removed.

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