Deck Maintenance

By Robert Robillard

It’s Never too Late to Clean Up the Deck By Joe “the Pro” Sainz  at www.BeThePro.com Early summer is a great time of year.  The weather’s good, it’s time to grill a few burgers and you can do a few things around the house, including cleaning up the deck. For much of the U.S., the…

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Wood Post Protector

By Robert Robillard

post protector I love new and innovative products.  The post protector seems to be one of those -Please note that I have not tested this yet. Wood posts are popular for many projects including barns, decks, pergolas, mail boxes, play sets and light posts. The problem we all face is rot, decay and insect damage.  Longevity is always a concern anytime we…

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Deck Maintenance

By Robert Robillard

  Deck Inspection and Maintenance Homeowners across the country have slowly migrated from the comfort of their couches to the splendor of the sunshine. What better place to enjoy the outdoors than your deck. But is your deck prepared for the summer season? Deck Maintenance is a huge concern in my world. With more than…

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Setting Posts In Concrete

By Robert Robillard

Setting Fence and Deck Posts While the outdoor living trend continues to grow, many homeowners are electing to do projects themselves — and opting for simple and cost effective outdoor improvements. According to a 2010 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) survey of residential landscape architects, larger scale projects such as outdoor kitchens remain popular,…

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FastenMaster Fastening System

By Robert Robillard

FastenMaster® ThruLok® Screw Bolt FastenMaster®, a Massachusetts company, known for making contractor quality fasteners that are engineered to enable a professional or serious do-it-yourselfer to complete a project faster, easier and stronger has a super tough way to fasten framing material. ThruLok Screw Bolt It’s called the FastenMaster®  ThruLok Screw Bolt Fastening System and is a code compliant…

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Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks

By Robert Robillard

Removing Snow From Composite Decks With winter upon us and snow and ice everywhere you should be aware how to properly remove snow and ice from a PVC or composite deck.   Many people go to the hardware store and buy anything in a bag that claims to melt snow and ice.    The problem with that is…

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Fail Safe Footer System

By Robert Robillard

Fail-Safe Form Footer System When at the 2010 Remodeling Show in Baltimore I came across a booth that had a pretty cool footing system called the Fail-Safe Form Footer. The Fail-Safe Form Footer was invented to reduce the risk of footer failure in the building and deck industry. Designed to conform to the I.R.C. 2006 Building Codes for…

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Removing a Leaking Balcony

By Robert Robillard

Balcony Removal A cantilever is a beam supported on only one end. The beam carries the load to the support where it is resisted by moment and shear stress.[1] Cantilever construction allows for overhanging structures without external bracing. Cantilevers can also be constructed with trusses or slabs. This is in contrast to a simply supported…

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