Attaching Decking to Metal Deck Framing

By Robert Robillard

Metal Joist Framing Systems A major new trend in the decking industry is the growing use of metal joist framing systems. While treated lumber will remain the most common substructure for residential decks in the near future, builders and homeowners now have the option of using steel and aluminum deck framing systems, which have several…

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Lally Lock Structural Column

By Robert Robillard

Lally Lock Structural Lally Column Offers Code Compliance and Adjustability I recently had the opportunity to install a fairly new and innovative type of structural column.  The folks at Lally Lock sent me some columns to review. The column is called the Lally Lock System and it is made by Dean Column Co., Inc.Dean Column Co.,…

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New Book: Home Improvement Projects Explained!

By Robert Robillard

Spend-A-Little Save-A-Lot Home Improvements: Money-Saving Projects Anyone Can Do A friend of mine, Brad Staggs,  recently wrote his own home improvement book.  Brad Staggs has written, produced and directed feature stories for The Nashville Network and also produced and hosted features for Decorating with Style and Today at Home on HGTV.   Today, Brad is seen on HGTV’s HGTVPro.Com Weekly and…

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Planning A Deck

By Robert Robillard

How To Plan A Deck When it comes to adding some extra space outdoors, a deck is a great way to create a place for the friends and family to gather. There are a ton of choices when thinking about adding a deck such as: freestanding vs. securing to the house piers vs. blocks wood…

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Fypon PVC Trellis System

By Robert Robillard

Fypon Trellis When contractor Steve Roth purchased a dilapidated 1900s era two-story home during a foreclosure sale in Archbold, Ohio his mind was set on transforming the structure into a duplex home. He used a variety of low-maintenance building materials to replace rotting exterior materials. One of the products he used, a PVC trellis system…

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How To Remove A Rust Stain Off Concrete Or Bluestone

By Robert Robillard

Techniques and Tips For Cleaning Rust From Concrete Remove stubborn rust stain fast and easily. Many homes have concrete and blue-stone walkways, steps and patios.  The problem is rust stains can occur from patio furniture, umbrella stands, fire pits or toys.  These stains can very difficult to remove. Detailed below step by step are the…

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Steel Deck Framing System

By Robert Robillard

Steel Deck Framing System eliminates the need for pressure treated wood deck frames Trex Elevations™  will manufacture and market new Trex Elevations Steel Deck Framing – a Steel Deck Framing System that offers   superior longevity performance and aesthetics as Trexdecking and railing products. Trex Elevations is a dual-coated, galvanized steel, which not only looks great but…

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Porch Post Trim

By Robert Robillard

Adding Trim to a Porch Post Dear Concord Carpenter, I have a side porch that has painted 4×4 posts.  They are fairly new and in great shape but ugly.  I want to make them look bigger and better. A friend told me to buy 1×4 and 1×6 trim and rip the 1×6 trim to fit. …

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