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Freestanding Ipe deck features and best practices

by The Handyguys

in Decks, Video Podcasts

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 wire
  • Using a boulder for a landing
  • Use of hidden Ipe fasteners
  • Use of Ipe Plugs

Use of Ipe plugs for concealed fasteners on your Ipe deck

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

jjbell591 October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for sharing this great article , i really enjoyed reading and watching this video ,. keep up the good work.


NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor January 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

I have not seen too many Ipe decks in New Jersey. They do look like a nice option however.


Liz Newey August 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love the deck lighting that you show, and how all the wires are hidden. Looks great! Definitely hope to have a deck like that some day.


jewel October 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

Nice. These Ipe deck boards were a perfect choice for my rooftop bar/pool area. I can’t wait to have it installed on my place.


Nicholas Shaheen January 31, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Hello. I want to preserve my Ipe deck After it has aged and faded to a silvery hue with some form of clear preservative but I do not want it to lose its silvery hue. Is that possible or will it revert back to its dark color. Also, is it possible to just seal the end cuts which are the most vulnerable areas of the wood before installing it without interfering with the natural aging process. Thank you, Nick


The Handyguys February 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

If you want the silvery look they you do not need to do anything. Just enjoy it! Yes, seal the cut ends with anchor seal or similar when installing the deck. See


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