Decks & Sheds

How To Buy Or Build A Garden Shed And Whats Right For You

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    In this How To we will look at the benefits and drawbacks of either buying or building your own garden shed. We will consider the costs and availability of materials and what extras you may not have considered when you thought you just wanted that extra room for the lawnmower.

    Many people don’t realize that when you are building something as insignificant as a garden shed in your backyard you most likely will have to …

    How To Refinish A Deck That Was Mistakenly Painted With Latex Paint

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      One of our friends is asking for some help with his deck. He is a new home owner and wanted to clean up his deck and decided to use some primer and latex paint instead of staining. The results are pretty ugly and the paint is chipping off in wear areas and in random areas around the deck surface. Unfortunately it seems that he painted everything including the railings and steps and now doesn’t …

      How To Repair Your Homes Rim Joist And Sill Plate

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        A friend asks about some water damage he found along his foundation when he removed his deck and he is wondering just how hard it will be for him to do the work himself or if he needs to hire a structural engineer and a contractor.

        The problem is pretty common on homes that have attached decks where the contractor didn’t take care to make sure the home was waterproofed before he attached the deck …

        How To How Long Should You Wait Before Staining Your New Deck?

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          If you have a pressure treated deck and you thought that it would be low maintenance then think again. Although it will last about 15 years and that is much longer than untreated wood, you can expect to be staining and treating it every other or every 3 years as long as you have it. Now if you have a roofed off porch or a gazebo the area that is protected will last much longer …

          How To choose between Deck Stain and Waterproof Sealer

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            Every deck is a bit different and depending on the area of the country the type of wood used in its manufacture can vary a lot too. For most of the country a pressure treated wood deck made of a pine wood is pretty much the standard and because we all want something that looks nice the next step after installing it is sealing or staining it.

            So, should you choose a Solid Stain, Transparent Stain …

            How to clean mold fungus and dirt from your exterior vinyl siding

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              If you own a home with vinyl siding the maintenance factors are pretty low in comparison to other options like brick, stone and light weight artificial stone products. Vinyl is produced to last your home about 30 years give or take and the amount of time that it will last depends on how well you keep it clean and the UV Rays that break it down over time.

              If you are like most home owners …

              How To – Joist Beam Dimension Chart for Deck Building

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                The following chart provides the distances and sizes of lumber necessary to build the beams that support your deck.

                The size on the left column describes the size of the beam necessary.

                For instance the left column may say 2-2×10″ which means you need to use Two – 2 inch x 10 inch boards that are nailed together to build the beam that supports your joists.

                When in doubt use a larger size beam meaning go up …

                How To – Adding a Chain to Secure your Storm Door

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                  Storm Doors are great features for homes and they provide a variety of different features from security to increased protection from wind and rain.

                  The one feature that most storm doors do not come with is a chain that restricts how wide the door can open. This really is an important feature for most home owners because wind can pull a door out of your hand and cause it to hit something. Also children, friends …

                  How To – What is the Best Deck Stain?

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                    Every few years we have to take a weekend and stain the wood on our deck to protect it from the elements.

                    If it has been a few years since your last refinishing then your trip to the local supply store may have you wondering about the available products and prices even if you are staying with the same manufacturer you originally used.

                    Price is a concern for every project and if you are like me …

                    How To – Buying a Garden Shed and knowing your options

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                      garden shedThere are many different options when selecting a Garden Shed and the ones you choose will be reflected in the final price.

                      You can purchase sheds pre-made from a local business or select from a variety sold by national building supply chains.

                      You can also purchase the materials and build your own shed but you will need to submit a plan to your local building official. That is another thing that you must remember… most locations require …