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Deck Boards for the Do-It-You-Selfer

http://youtu.be/ZtO2DL0BoD8 In this video, Handyguy Brian talks with Ray from Decks R Us about the best decks boards for do-it-yourselfers. For those people who want to install a deck by themselves, there are a multitude of deck boards that are accommodating to any DIY skill level. Groove on Groove Decking Ray suggests deck boards with […]

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PVC and Vinyl Deck Cleaning (Video)

Deck Cleaners

http://youtu.be/iu7ZgIuGwkk Deck Cleaning Solutions for a PVC or Vinyl Deck In this video, Handyguy Paul talks with Ray from Decks R Us about how to clean PVC and vinyl deck products. Tough stains from pollen, dirt, or animals can be a pain to get out from a deck. With the right tools, home owners can […]

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The Latest Material for Decks (Video)

Clay Colored Composite Deck

http://youtu.be/6P1PRaS4PyI Cellular PVC vs. Composite Decks In this video, Handyguy Brian talks about the latest trends in decks with Ray from Decks R Us. Finding the right decking material and knowing the difference between various trends is important for all homeowners with decks. Handyguy Brian and Ray begin by talking about Cellular PVC (CPVC) and vinyl […]

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Annual IPE deck Maintenance

Apply oil to Ipe Deck for annual ipe deck maintenance

http://youtu.be/V4uaRqlA3So We explain how to maintain an IPE deck so that it keeps its rich color. We have discussed IPE deck maintenance before but wanted to provide an update on Brian’s 4 year old Deck. Annual Ipe deck maintenance is a two step process – Clean and then Oil Step 1 – Cleaning your Ipe […]

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Deck Lighting questions answered

Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting questions answered In this video the Handyguys answer some fan questions about deck lighting. What is best, CFL, LED, Halogen, Incandescent? Does it really matter? What about low voltage? The Handyguys love their low voltage systems. Watch the video to find out what is important in deck lighting. http://youtu.be/Lf_vPxLZlpo

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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 Leaking water heater – leaks coming from the hot water heater’s T&P valve are very common.  Some folks just overlook the […]

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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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How To Fix An Old BBQ Grill

Webber tool kit

The Handyguys discuss fixing that old BBQ grill that no longer cooks as well as it should. Does one side of your grill heat better then the other?  Does it take a long time to cook your steaks on your outdoor grill?  Don’t go out and buy a new grill… a couple new grill parts […]

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Free Trellis Plans And Listener Questions – How To Build A Trellis

Trellis

Trellis Plans

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Deck Woods And Deck Refinishing

Handyguys Podcast on 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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