June 20, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
In just a few days, I leave on the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Dawn ship for a one-week cruise to Bermuda.
WOOT! I've never been on a cruise before. I've been in contact with the NCL public relations department and they're working with me trying to get me into non-public areas of the ship so I can write a very interesting story for you.
I'm hoping it all works out and I'm allowed to take some fantastic photos. As Kenny Chesney said in his hit song, "Only time will tell, but it ain't talkin'."
Montana Deck Collapse
Each week I'm convinced there are decks that collapse in the USA. Most don't make the national news. If you want to get the statistics, the best place would be insurance companies.
Most homeowners would file a claim with their insurance company in the event of a deck collapse.
Last week there was a fairly large deck collapse in Montana and some of the people on the deck were first responders!
opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to read the story about what's known so far.
opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to watch several deck collapse videos. Scroll down to see them.
What's this have to do with you? More than you can ever imagine. I can tell you after reading the following you're going to think about your safety when you stand or sit on a deck that's not yours.
Here's the short list of what you probably don't know about decks and treated lumber:
- treated lumber ROTS - opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to see it
- treated lumber can corrode nails and bolts
- inferior framing methods create DOOM - opens in a new windowCLICK HERE
I could go on and on. I'm not trying to freak you out about getting on a deck, but you need to realize they can collapse.
SAFETY TIP: If you have an older deck, you may want to have it inspected.
I'd only trust a structural engineer that's got experience with outdoor decks. Calling in a regular contractor that builds decks is not the best idea.
This poor devil contractor may have been building decks wrong his entire career, so you don't want to get advice or an opinion from him.
opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to get FREE & FAST BIDS from local structural engineers in your city or town who can inspect your deck.
Bermuda Next Week
I'll be on a cruise next week to Bermuda. There won't be a newsletter. I'm going to meet up with one of my subscribers who's there! I'll post a photo if she lets me.
Stain Solver 9-Pound Sale
It's time to make a new huge batch of Stain Solver.
The issue we have is we have to forecast the amount of each size that MIGHT sell moving into the future. It's hard to do it and we've never gotten it right.
To balance out existing inventory, we need to SELL more of the 9-pound size.
Here's a promo code for 10% off that will only work if you purchase a 9-pound or larger size:
This promo code is only good for the next TEN DAYS. It WILL EXPIRE.
In addition to the discount, you also get FREE SHIPPING to any location in the lower 48 contiguous states.
opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to place your order. Remember, the promo code only works on the 9-pound size or larger.
New Revised Columns For You
Here are some excellent columns you should look at. Several have GREAT VIDEOS in them.
Tool Of The Week
Here's the tool of the week I feel you should know about. I've been using this Bosch drill now for over a month and LOVE IT.
It's cordless and the 18-volt 6.3 amp/hour battery provides what seems like ENDLESS power!
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opens in a new windowCLICK HERE to discover more about this drill and to get a great price on a full kit.
This is a BEEFY drill and remember it will drill into CONCRETE, GRANITE, wood, and STEEL!
That's enough for today. I've got tons to do before I leave for the cruise on Friday.
I'll be back with more news in early July!
Do It Right, Not Over!