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When building a deck and using joist hangers, be sure to use the proper nails.  Many joist support systems, or truss hangers, recommend nails or fasteners that are approved for their hangers. If the joist hangers your carpenter used are approved for use with the newer ACQ treated lumber, you should have nothing to worry about.

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How To Get the Best Contractor Build Deck Bench Seating TIPS A bench is just a series of small walls Copy dimensions from favorite chairs in your home WATCH cheeky building video below Use straight treated lumber and coated screws CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: This past weekend I […]

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Below are deck materials for a 12 x 10 foot deck at nearly ground level. These prices listed for the decking materials were taken in August 1996, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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DEAR TIM: I’m starting to have some rot issues with my ten-year-old deck. Not only are some of the treated wood decking boards having rot issues, but I’m also noticing that the tops of some of the joists are showing severe rot where the decking screws pass into the tops of the joists. The rot […]

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Treated Lumber Rotting TIPS Treated lumber does rot - it's a dirty little secret the industry keeps Preservatives might not be formulated correctly Products are available to minimize water infiltration into treated lumber DECK COLLAPSE VIDEOS - watch them below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: In just a few […]

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Porch decking needs to be prepared and installed properly to get a lasting porch. Composite porch decking is not always the best porch decking material. Wood can make a great long-lasting front porch decking.

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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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Joist hangers and ledger boards will connect your deck to you home. This is the best solution. The free standing deck will not cause leaks at the house and will not collapse due to rot. Connecting the deck to columns or posts correctly is critical. Racking forces will collapse your deck if this is not done in an approved manner.

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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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