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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Replacing An Exterior Stair Post

By Robert Robillard

Replacing a rotted stair or newel post Replacing a rotted stair or newel post means temporarily removing the railing as well as of the decking on the bottom step. On this particular project the newel posts rotted and were no longer strong enough to support peoples weight.  [e.g. 200 lbs of force] Replacing An Exterior…

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Mahogany Post Cap

By Robert Robillard

Handsome wood post caps capture the design sophistication and attention to detail that exemplifies classic American architecture.   A simple search on local and Internet wood deck suppliers easily come up with over 100 different styles of decorative post caps for wooden posts. Most  post caps are available in several of types of wood including…

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