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Ipe Deck Maintenance

Ipe deck after cleaning & oil

In this episode of The Handyguys podcast The Handyguys discuss Ipe Deck Maintenance, how to clean it and keep it looking awesome. Ipe Deck Maintenance http://youtu.be/v6G2O_ZkCio Brian’s Ipe deck looked great when it was complete. Eighteen months later is was looking a bit dirty. The wood was still in perfect condition, no checking, no splits or […]

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Building an Azek Cellular PVC Deck

Cellular PVC Deck Design Considerations

In this audio podcast The Handyguys discuss Building an Azek Cellular PVC Deck. The Handyguys discuss when to DIY and when not to DIY, design considerations, choosing a contractor and materials selection. To DIY or not to DIY a Cellular PVC Deck Handyguy Paul decided not to DIY this Cellular PVC Deck. Listen to the podcast […]

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Preventing wood rot on door jambs and deck posts

Jamb just prior to wood rot

On this episode, Handyguy Paul brings two topics to the podcast pertaining preventing wood rot and to wood and ground contact. Preventing Wood Rot on Door Jambs Paul asks Handyguy Brian about the best way to deal with rotting door jambs and in particular the garage door jambs.  Brian discusses this problem in general as it relates to any […]

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Freestanding Ipe deck features and best practices

Use of Ipe plugs for concealed fasteners on your Ipe deck

In this video episode of The Handyguys Podcast we showcase some of the features of a freestanding Ipe deck such as lighting, hidden fasteners, Ipe plugs and aluminum balusters. Some of the things show in this video are Ipe Deck completed construction Use of beam and joist flashing Use of low voltage lighting with concealed […]

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Building a freestanding deck and dealing with voles

Freestanding Deck

On this audio podcast the Handyguys discuss Brian’s free-standing deck and Paul’s Vole problems. How to Build Freestanding Decks There are several advantages to building a deck freestanding, not attached to your house, and few disadvantages. In the podcast we discuss a few points to consider when deciding to build freestanding or not. Potential for […]

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Replacing Water Heater Expansion Tanks and Ipe Decking

Load of Ipe for Brian's Deck

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast, Paul continues his discussion about his leaky hot water heater and Brian reveals what material he chose for his deck project. Temperature and Pressure T&P valves and Expansion tanks Water heaters all have Temperature and Pressure (T&P) valves, many also have expansion tanks. When a T&P valve […]

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Repair a leaking water heater T&P and planning for a new deck

Leaky T&P Tempature and Pressure valve

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast The Handyguys discuss their recent projects; repairing a leaky hot water heater and preparing for a new back yard deck. Water Heater Leaky T&P – Temperature and Pressure valve Leaks coming from the hot water heater’s T&P valve are very common.  Some folks just overlook the problem but […]

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How To Choose A Nail-gun

Porter Cable Combo Kit

The Handyguys discuss what nailer you use when. A pneumatic nailer takes much of the work or of driving nails and saves you time. With one pull of the trigger the nail is set flush or below the surface of the work. Nailers allow for one handed operation which frees up your other hand for […]

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Fall Home Improvement Checklist

Win this toolkit. Click on the picture to learn how! Hint: ideal use of duct tape wins

How do you get your house ready for the Winter Season? Join the Handyguys in a not-so-methodical checklist for the winter season.  This is not your every day handyman (or not so handyperson) checklist.  We have some extras you may not see on other lists. Listen to the podcast as we discuss these items. True […]

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Deck Stains And Tub Glazing

Deck

The Handyguys Discuss Deck and Tub finishes in One Podcast. That’s right, tub finishes. Deck Stains First up is a question from Joan that came in through our new call-in service (see the large “Call-me” link on our web page).  Joan asks about the best finish for wood decking with undesirable variations in color.  She […]

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Synthetic Decks And GFCI Outlets

The newest generation of synthetc decking looks much more like real wood and has a much longer warranty.

Synthetic Decking Material and a Fiberon Warranty The Handyguys begin the show by talking about whats new in Synthetic decking. Composites versus PVC. While composite decking appear to be maintenance free, some manufactured decks become marred with mold, staining and deterioration. There are many newer synthetic decking materials that now have long warranties. One such […]

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Deck Material And Design Part 2

This western red cedar pergola makes a nice addition to an existing deck

In this episode of The Handyguys Podcast the Handyguys Brian & Paul continue their interview with Paul Mackie from The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. This part of the interview contains discussion of: Can a handyguy build his own deck. Exotics versus cedar versus synthetics Quality of cedar in various markets Tips and considerations for […]

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Deck Material And Design Part 1

Mr. Cedar

The Handyguys discuss deck materials with Paul Mackie who represents the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.  Whether you are interested in Cedar or not, the Handyguys have a great discussion with Mr. Cedar about lumber selection for your new deck. www.wrcla.org It is a great time of year to start planning the new deck you […]

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Deck Woods And Deck Refinishing

  The Handyguys discuss decking materials and refinishing your deck. The weather is starting to get warmer and many of us are thinking about getting outside again to use our decks. If you have a deck, it is time to think about cleaning and refinishing your deck for the summer season. If you don’t have […]

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