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ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

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FastenMaster’s new ThruLok is a screw-in bolt that replaces ½ in. through-bolts used to mount deck posts to beams and guardrail posts to the deck frame. ThruLoks will save time and $$ - I think deck builders will warm up to ThruLoks quickly.

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Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec

Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec

Pre-cut white cedar shingles from Maibec for inside and outside woven corners will speed installation without sacrificing quality.

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Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)

Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)

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Consumer Reports' evaluation of leaf guards confirm my suspicion, solid gutter caps don't perform as wells as humble gutter screens.

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Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

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There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple.

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Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

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Not every pressure treated board today can touch the earth. Most are only treated for above ground applications. And don't skimp on the fasteners or they may not last.

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TimberSil Decking

TimberSil Decking

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Heard of TimberSil? Wondered how it's different than ordinary pressure treated lumber? Mike Guertin tried it out on a 900 sf deck last year and reports on what it is, how it handles and the upsides and downsides.

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Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset

Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset

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Skip the mess and stick ceramic tile right to the wall using a new peel and stick mat.

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Green Driveway Paving

Green Driveway Paving

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Many driveways are oversized to provide extra room for backing and turning and parking for occasional guests. Excess pavement often overwhelms a small lot and increases storm water runoff. On a recent project I used blacktop pavement for the high traffic area with Turfstone ™, a green pervious paving alternative around the perimeter for extra swing room when turning and extra off-street parking.

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How to Set  Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

How to Set Deck and Shed Footings with Plastic Piers

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Plastic piers require no concrete or cinder blocks, and they can handle a load of 10,000 lb. as soon as the hole is backfilled.

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Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections

Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections

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I use redundant layers of flashing integrated into the housewrap to keep water from getting behind exterior cladding; a kickout flashing directs water into the gutter. The process might seem overcomplicated at first, but the minor expense in time is much better than having to tackle rot repairs down the road.

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