Deck Beams and Posts QUESTION #1: Tim, I really need your help. My husband is making a mess of a deck extension project. I’m concerned he’s using the wrong-sized lumber and the connections between pieces of lumber don’t appear to be secure to me. Are you able to share deck-construction basics so my kids and […]
Different Deck Piers QUESTION #1: Tim, can you explain why I need concrete deck piers under the wood support posts that hold up my deck? I saw an older deck where the posts just rested on pre-cast concrete stepping stones. The deck seemed fine to me. Are deck piers overkill and a way for contractors […]
"I think the decking can get to over 160 F, or more, the closer you are to the summer solstice. " Temperature of Composite Decking - Can Cause Burns Fast! The temperature of composite decking is hotter than you'd ever imagine. I tested my own Trex Transcend composite decking. Free & Fast Bids CLICK HERE […]
Steel in Concrete Question #1: Tim, my builder is telling me to forget about using reinforcing steel or mesh is my concrete driveway and patio. He says he’ll just add an inch of thickness and that’s good enough. What’s your feeling? Would you go to the effort and expense to install reinforcing steel in outdoor […]
Here's a collection of photos showing how I connected up my Trex low-voltage lighting. Trex Low Voltage Lighting Is Easy to Connect First, allow me to show you what the lights look like when they're on:
Deck Repair Parts - Be Sure To Get The Best Ones CLICK HERE to download my FREE deck repair parts list to help you rebuild your current deck. You can use this same parts list if you're building a new deck. It also contains a link to the best flashing for under a door leading […]
I completed a somewhat complex Trex Transcend railing installation the summer of 2016. This railing system is well engineered and a pleasure to work with. Trex Transcend Railing Installation - #WOOT! It's important to note the Trex Railing Installation manual is a great document. To begin with, you need to read it cover to cover. […]
Composite decking is very attractive but not all composite decking materials are the same. As you start to analyze composite decking prices when you actually touch and feel composite wood decking samples, be sure you ask very pointed questions about what the manufacturer includes in the composite decking to prevent wood rot. Be very careful as some salespeople are armed with the wrong information!