Framing – The Importance of Plumb, Level, and Square

I have a favourite line to say about framing and here it is – Framing is the wooden ‘foundation’ of your build. Be it a renovation, new construction, basement frame, or what have you, all of the other materials are installed on top of the framing, so get it right!

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What Deck Stain Should I Use

Deck Stains You have your brand new deck or an older deck that is bare. What route to go? The type of deck stains available on the market today is mind-boggling, but this old saying still holds true for the most part: You get what you pay for. I will relate back to this later.

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Deck Failure and How to Avoid It

We have all heard horror stories about deck failure. Maybe not as close home as someone we know, but maybe in the news. Here is actual video footage of a deck failure that sent twenty or more people to the ground.

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Repair Deck or Build New

If you look out your patio door or window and let out a big “Sigh”. You may have a very old deck that is obviously not pleasing to the eye. Maybe you haven’t had time to properly maintain it. Or maybe it just rotted away over the years. Well, it may be time to consider

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Frost Level and Heaving

Around Durham Region, or the GTA, you may have heard people say that you need to dig your concrete piers down 48″ below ground.  When asked why they cite “Frost Level”. I’m sure many of these people know exactly why this is, but I’m also sure many don’t if you were to dig deeper.

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What Is Pressure Treated Wood

Here I will talk about exactly what pressure treated wood is. How it's made, what species of wood it typically is, etc. Talk about why you have to seal your cuts for rot prevention.

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