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 […]
Published: January 12, 2018 © Tim Carter Just two days ago, January 10, 2018, I was at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. I visited the AZEK booth and was talking with an AZEK employee about bolts that should be used when installing the AZEK aluminum deck posts. The first thing to remember is AZEK […]
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!
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.
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 was at a party and sat […]
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.