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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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Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

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Synthetic decking seems to be all the rage these days. Is it really all that it's cracked up to be?

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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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