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  • How do you build a deck with vertical 6x6's that twist?

    If a 6x6 or 4x4 wants to twist, it will do so and you can do little to stop it. However you can decide which end will twist!Buried pillarsIf you bury the 6x6 into a concrete pillar, the bottom will be fixed and the top will move, perhaps before you get around to locking in the rest of the deck f...
  • Bending deck boards into place before nailing.

    Ever tried to push warped deck boards into place so you can nail them down. It takes about three extra hands and a knee.Well there are various "board benders" on the market. The one in the graphic is called the Bow Wrench. Essentially they grip the joist and allow you to force the board, with ...
  • Mark your post hole digger for depth.

    Sam from Kamloops, BC suggests putting depth markings on the arms of the post hole digger so you know how deep you are as you dig.
  • The tiles on my large concrete deck are buckling.

    Drew from Moffat, Ontario has a very large concrete deck 10 feet in the air, covered with ceramic tiles. For some strange raison, six of the tiles have buckled up, several years after they were glued in place.They have been there for several years, so it would not be caused by the deck shrinking...
  • What type of screws should you use on a cedar deck?

    Aluminium screws should not be used with pressure treated wood, and galvanised screws should not be used with Cedar. The tannic acid in the cedar reacts with the galvanisation.The photo shows special cedar coloured screws who's coating helps to resist rusting. Type 18-8 stainless steel would be...
  • What is the difference between green & brown pressure treated wood?

    Andy wants to know what is the difference between green and brown pressure treated wood, and why is the brown stuff only available in Western Canada?The only difference is a brown stain added to imitate Cedar, a marketing necessity in the West where Cedar is inexpensive and popular for deck build...
  • Deck Restoration

    Yes that is a floor sander working on this deck. 36 grit paper to level any board cupping. Finish sanding is done with 60 grit sandpaper, yes 60 grit as the finish sanding. The objective is not to create a polished furniture finish, but to open up the grain of the wood so that it will acce...
  • Green slime on a BC deck

    Gerry, one of the Home Improvement Guys on CFUN radio in Vancouver joined me in working on a solution for Ramona's slimy green BC deck which you can see in the photo.Here is the Home Improvement Guys' BC mix for removing outdoor slime:FALL CLEANING FORMULA (also known as Spring Cleaning Formula...
  • Decks and Stains

    Linda in Oakville has finished a deck and asks Jon about the correct stain to use.Stains are optional and only serve the purpose of changing the colour of the wood. Opaque stains are not made for walking surfaces, they are not durable enough.What is not optional is a water repellent and some f...
  • Placement of Deck stair rails

    Fred from Keswick had built a large deck with a fanned out stairway and was wondering where was the best place to install a hand rail.This TV show was recorded in the early days of the internet and it was rather novel to hold a NetMeeting with Fred on live TV so that we could both draw on the ...