Archives: Decks & Porches

The “Anyone Can Do This” Column Wrap

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

We’ve used Fypon products over the last couple of years with great success. Fypon has a great product for all you DIY’ers looking to spruce up your porches. Check out this information on their new column wrap. Fypon® Unassembled Column Wrap ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Forget about hiring a professional to enhance your home. The new…

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One TIME® Wood Protector Review

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Painting and Finishing, Product Reviews

One TIME® Wood Protector This spring I was asked to take the One TIME Challenge. The challenge was to try One TIME on our Cambara decking to see  the benefits of this proprietary acrylate resin blend to create a long lasting protection against the sun and weather. Key Features and Benefits Protects wood for at…

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WeatherShield Premium Wood Products

By Todd Fratzel on Building Materials, Decks & Porches

WeatherShield – The Smarter Treated Wood Today I noticed a new product at The Home Depot, WeatherShield Premium Pressure-Treated Decking. What caught my eye was the warranty for this new type of pressure treated wood. WeatherShield offers a limited lifetime warranty which is guranteed protection against rot, decay and termite damage. If these claims are…

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Mold Growing On North Facing Deck

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Deck Mold Growth Our new home has maintenance free siding, trim, windows and doors. However, we decided to “splurge” a bit on the decks so we installed beautiful Cambara decking (Cambara or Erbina uncinatum is a beautiful hardwood with straight clear grains similar to mahogany). In fact we installed the Cambara on the farmers porch…

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Cooking Safety On Decks

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Safety

Every year dozens of homes are destroyed by fires that start while cooking on decks. After reading a friends blog the other day about a grease fire they had on their grill I thought I’d take the time to remind folks of the dangers that cooking on decks can pose. Grilling on your deck can…

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Improper Deck Flashing Problem

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Deck Flashing Problems Today’s post comes from a reader who asked me to look at a deck flashing problem that he had. The email stated: I’m wondering if you can help me with a problem I am having repairing or replacing the flashing for a replacement deck attached to a stucco house. The original flashing…

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How To Connect A Propane Grill To House Propane Supply

By Todd Fratzel on Appliances, Decks & Porches

Disclaimer: You really should consult a certified gas fitter for this type of project. Be sure to check all local building codes prior to attempting a project of this nature. Connecting Gas Grill To House Propane Supply Connecting your propane gas grill to your house propane supply is a great way to ensure you can…

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Sherwin Williams DeckScapes Clear Deck Sealer

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches, Painting and Finishing, Product Reviews

The other day I power washed the deck and farmers porch. Now I need to choose a sealer to protect the Cambara decking. When we built the house I used Penofin Penetrating Sealer to seal the cambara decking. Well I’ve been pretty unhappy with that sealer. I don’t think it has held up well at…

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