Monday, August 21, 2006

ACQ Fasteners

ACQ Fasteners

Not Using ACQ Rated Fasteners ??

You may want to think about it.

Here’s an example of 2 year old non-ACQ rated fasteners.

The guys that installed this deck are being sued. I’m the expert witness. We removed 30 screws securing the decking—12 broke because of rot.

Spend the money—Invest in quality. Even if you have to charge more, it’s just a wise decision.


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Why do posts rot ?

Why do posts rot in the ground?
Three things are necessary to cause rot. Moisture, Oxygen and the sugars occurring naturally in the timber add up to rot. This rot is worse near the surface of the ground since that is where the maximum moisture and oxygen exist.

If you are thinking that a sonotube will work better… think again. Without the post extending into the earth as leverage—fences and second level decks won’t have as much lateral support. They will lean in short order without additional bracing. Lets face it, braces on a fence? The other problem--Concrete retains moisture and actually helps rot happen faster.


Use an expoxy coating or exterior stain to seal the post prior to installation. This should extend the life 5-10 years beyond the normal 10-20 years.

Post Protector tm with silicone sealant around the upper edge is a permanent solution. This membrane is similar to the material used beneath dumps to prevent chemical infiltration into the environment. Post protectors will also protect your posts against trimmer damage. Available in 4x4, 4x6 and 6x6 sizes, they are suitable for decks, fences, arbours and pergolas. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Cheapest Price for Decks ?

All deck companies have to survive so at times you have to build with lesser materials, however you want to be careful not to sell your soul—and your reputation in the process.

When folks have a small budget but want something that looks grand you can always steer them towards simplified details and pressure treated or rustic materials. You need to also educate these people as to what they should expect. Pressure treated materials will crack and twist more than red cedar—so flaws in the materials will be evident. When they stain with a solid color stain they will see knots bleeding through. Coach them towards a semi with more color- and a more rustic appearance.

Be realistic about expectations and share your experience up front.