Lawrence

Lawrence Winterburn, Toronto, ON, CA
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Lawrence
Founder of GardenStructure.com

Lawrence has been building for more than 20 years. Renovations, new construction, cabinetry, commercial, p-lam, trim, exterior, ceramic tile.

GardenStructure.com has about 25 licensed locations operating within their system.



Recent comments


Re: Pneumatic Framing Nailers: Why Choose Coil over Stick?

Colin and Justin--

I have always used Bostich coils because they are spiral and the holding power is better when it comes to framing. The second consideration is for nailing decking and framing on cedar they tend to leave a nice clean footprint when compared with many stick nailers that may have clipped head or bits of plastic protruding.

We often use nails for decking since nails can be set deeper for refinishing later...

L

Re: Play Fine Homebuilding's Game "The Inspector"

ON the deck puzzle...
In our area hardhats are mandatory. Bolts must secure the ledger to the house frame normally from the inside on second level decks. The flashing method these guys used was shoddy.

Location of these securing bolts are paramount (staggered in the central 1/3 of the open joist space on ledger--not that any building inspector knows that--this is the single best way of not having a deck fall off a house), and building brackets such as joist hangers are always required to reinforce the connection.

many areas are mandating a specialized bracket at the outer ends of the deck to secure to the dwelling.

L

Re: Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

Rob-- Nice Post!

I would love to read through all the comments, but I will have to do this in 2 or 3 meals.

I've been writing about this from time to time on my blogs and have had conversations with hundreds of people that bought composites and now regret it...

Take a look here.

http://decks-fences.blogspot.com/2009/01/trex-class-action-lawsuit-2009.html

http://decks-fences.blogspot.com/search?q=composite

The part that galls me is that their warranty excludes mold, fading as well as labor and disposal costs of the defective composite lumber should they choose to replace it. They dump it in the driveway, make the customer sign a confidentiality and scurry away.

Lawrence Winterburn
www.gardenstructure.com

Re: Housing Recovery: Are We There Yet?

Ontario Canada- A brisk spring reminicent of pre-financial crisis and in late June leads slowed to a trickle due to an 8% tax increase in Ontario (HST- Harmonized Sales Tax). Our ignorant leaders decided that when unemployment is at 9% it is a fine time for a tax grab.

We dominate the web in many places and I am thankful that the majority of our builders are booked months in advance. If we had not been marketing consistently on line for years we would have been in trouble today. I am hoping the tax reaction blows over by September.

Florida is still very price conscious and much of the US seems to be risk adverse. Builders are not investing in their businesses because they don't know what to expect.

Our builder in Los Angeles is strong--but that I think is just sheer numbers.

Much of the US seems also to be suffering from very low wage competition for builders.

In short... we are doing fine, however we have very low expectations. We are biding time until the economy improves all across North America.

Lawrence Winterburn
www.gardenstructure.com

Re: How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

When stuck for a drill bit a finish nail often works surprisingly well also. It is flexible enough to outlast many proper drill bits and has a sharp tapered edge as well.

L

Re: Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

Most of our decks and pergolas are pre-finished... all 6 sides.
Orientation doesn't matter when the materials are kiln dried to start with and sealed. It won't absorb moisture.. it won't expand and contract... it won't tear stain due to expansion.

Keep stain on it and the boards don't cup... ever.

photo at www.decks-fences.blogspot.com

ps. I also prefer nails to screws because screws often break if you try to set them deeper to refinish a pressure treated deck.

Re: A Pergola for the Ages

Ross, you know full well I did that design for you-- and for free. Now you claim the design as your own? That is GardenStructure.com copyrighted work. You have stolen our Portfolio, you owe us $12,000 in back fees...

You are a thief.

L

Re: A Pergola for the Ages

Ross, you know damn well I did that design for you-- and for free. Now you claim the design as your own? That is GardenStructure.com copyrighted work. You have stolen our Portfolio, you owe us $12,000 in back fees...

You are a thief.

L

Re: A Pergola for the Ages

Ross, you know damn well I did that design for you-- and for free. Now you claim the design as your own? That is GardenStructure.com copyrighted work. You have stolen our Portfolio, you owe us $12,000 in back fees...

You are a thief.

L

Re: Share your tax tips for contractors

Brian... you are moving too fast. Please re-read your post. Edit Edit Edit! (jeeze, never thought I would be reminding somebody at FH to edit!)

L