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Privacy Fence Repair Tips

August 31st, 2010

wood privacy fencePrivacy fences can be an attractive, useful addition to your home or garden. But what happens when that fence starts to sag, warp, peel or decay? Just like most homeowners don’t know how to install a fence themselves, most people also don’t know exactly what to do to repair one. The following are a few helpful tips on repairing a privacy fence yourself:

1. Identify the problem. Most of the time, if your privacy fence needs repairs, the problem is very apparent. But sometimes the fence just doesn’t “look right.” The first thing you’ll need to do in these cases is identify what exactly is wrong with the fence. Are the posts leaning and causing the fence to warp? Is the gate sagging and causing stress on the rest of the fence? Knowing exactly what’s wrong before you start repairs will help you avoid unnecessary work and costs.

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Composite Deck Maintenance Tips

August 29th, 2010

composite deck maintenanceMany people choose composite decking material because it doesn’t require paint or sealer, it doesn’t produce splinters, and it is relatively easy to maintain. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t maintenance required. Here are five tips for keeping a good-looking composite deck:

1. Clean. One of the biggest threats to composite decking’s appearance is the growth of mold and mildew. These nasty annoyances can attack both the wood and the plastic in your composite deck, so keeping your deck free of them is a must.

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How to Choose a Quality Vinyl Fence

August 28th, 2010

vinyl privacy fenceVinyl fencing is generally a durable, attractive and low-cost alternative to more traditional wood fencing. But like any product, there are some manufacturers and distributors trying to pass off shoddy vinyl onto unknowing consumers. If you’re in the market for a new vinyl fence, make sure you read these handy tips for choosing high-quality vinyl:

Examine samples. There’s a lot you can tell about vinyl fencing just by examining it. Holding a test piece lets you feel how sturdy it is, how resistant it is to pressure and impact, and whether it bends and stretches too easily. If a distributor doesn’t have a sample piece or is hesitant to let you hold it, beware.

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How to Set Fence Posts Like a Pro

August 27th, 2010

If you’re an ambitious do-it-yourselfer tackling your first fence build, setting the posts can seem like an arduous and never-ending task. Yet for the long-term stability of your fence, it is one of the most important you will perform.

Regardless of the scope of your wood or vinyl fencing project, properly set posts will help lengthen the life of your fence, reduce maintenance down the road and make the rest of your fence build go much more easily. Here are some expert tips for setting fence posts that won’t leave your new fence cracked or sagging:

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Summer Deck Trends

August 26th, 2010

glass handrailWhether you’re talking swimwear, sunglasses or skirts, summer is all about rocking the new trends. For many homeowners, summer is also about installing or repairing a deck. This year, why not try out a few of thee hottest cedar deck trends? Here are some of the hot new trends in building high-quality decks:

Experiment With Shape

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Outdoor Entertaining Tips

August 18th, 2010

composite deckBarbecues, pool parties and deck get-togethers are some of the highlights of the summer season. Unlike more formal dinner parties, these outdoor activities are much more relaxed and laid back; however, they still require some work if you really want to wow your guests. Here are a few tips on being the best backyard host you can be.

Have comfortable seating. While your new cedar deck may have beautiful deck benches, chances are they aren’t very soft. Placing pillows and cushions on decks, benches and outdoor seats brings the comfort of the indoors out to the party.

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Pest Control for Your Deck

August 12th, 2010

cedar deckSummer offers plenty of opportunities for enjoying your cedar deck, but it can also mean dealing annoying pests. Moths, bees, and flies are always an irritating aspect of outdoor entertaining, and this year the Northwest has seen a bumper crop of mosquitoes. If you’re planning a late-summer shindig, here are a few easy steps to help reduce the number of insect intrusions:

Light some candles. Citronella and calendula candles are probably the most well-known mosquito, fly and gnat repellents, and for good reason. While these plant extracts smell good to most humans, to flying pests they’re the absolute worst.

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Fencing for Yards, Learn About Your Options

July 29th, 2010
solid cedar fence

Solid Style Cedar Fence

Fencing for Yards, the Many Styles

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Protect Your Deck: Outdoor Fireplace Safety

July 21st, 2010

cedar deck with portable fireplacePortable fire pits and chimineas add beauty and fun to any yard, but they can also be dangerous, especially around cedar decks. Even cast iron chimineas and fire pits can throw sparks and become a potential fire hazard. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your deck and prevent an unplanned backyard bonfire:

Use fire-preventing accessories. Cast iron chimineas pose little risk of starting a deck fire, mainly because they usually feature spark arrestors at their tops. Spark arrestors are exactly what they sound like: grills that allow smoke to pass through but stop most sparks. Having a clean, functional spark arrestor is one of the best ways you can keep the fire in the chiminea.

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Tips for Landscaping Around Your Fence

July 15th, 2010

ornamental aluminum fenceIt’s a common tale: You spend weeks planning the perfect fence. The holes are dug. The posts are set. The boards are nailed into place. You step back to admire your beautiful new masterpiece.

And you realize it sticks out from your lawn like a sore thumb.

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