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Back when I was a little kid, my father would always have some kind of project going on. Usually, he was pretty good at whatever he was doing. He’d fix the car, build a shed, fell some of the hickory trees in the back yard. Most everything came out pretty professional at the end, but [continue reading…]
Side-by-side photos of one pergola. Below are three wicker chairs and a table. A garden pergola will add structure and style to the backyard.  It will add value to your home and give you a place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Tools Measuring Tape Circular Saw Saber Saw Wheelbarrow Caulk Gun Reciprocating Saw Power Auger Drill Hammer Carpenter’s Square Shovel 3′ Level   Materials 8′ 2×8 Pressure-Treated [continue reading…]

Deck Makeover

10/16/2017
Aerial view of newly painted wooden deck and adjacent garden area Have a weather worn (sun, rain, wind) deck that still has good “bones”? Check out what can be accomplished recovering a deck with one of Trex Company’s products, including a new skirt, railing system, and deck field boards: https://www.trex.com/inspiration/beforeandafter/cornerrecreation/ A new planter, landscaping and deck furniture doesn’t hurt the final product either 😉 Visit Trex.com [continue reading…]

Composite Decking

10/16/2017
Home and wooden deck with umbrella-covered table and four chairs. I like This Old House’s approach to replacing a failed railing by replacing it with a Fiberon Composite Decking maintenance free vinyl coated wood plastic composite railing. They discuss this approach and more in an online deck repair piece. Finished deck looks great, and the steps are laid out nicely, including a side not about [continue reading…]
Wooden deck with four patio chairs around an umbrella-covered table with a forested background Looking for options to spruce up or rehab an existing wooden deck surface? The Home Depot offers a great product by Rust-Oleum called 4X Deck Coat. This product offers long lasting durability, conceals small cracks and divots, and is barefoot friendly. 1 gallon of their product covers approx. 80 square feet (2 coats are recommended). [continue reading…]