John Temmel Siding Guy believes in investing the money in quality deck lumber. Here’s why. Standard lumber goes through a pressure treatment process before it gets shipped. During this process, the wood is injected with chemicals to preserve it so that it won’t rot. When the wood finally reaches the customers, there’s about 40% moisture in that wood from the chemicals. This means that when you build your deck, the wood will dry out because the moisture tries to escape, which results in a cracked and unpleasant looking deck after several months. The best way to get a beautiful, quality deck is to obtain wood that goes through the following process: Kiln-Dried-After-Treatment (KDAT). During this process, the wood is placed inside a kiln and dried so that when it’s delivered to the customer, there’s only about 15% moisture in the wood. That’s a difference of 25%, which makes a huge difference in the aesthetics and quality of your deck. Although this type of upgraded lumber can be pretty costly, it’s well worth it if you want your deck to last.
Recently, the Atlanta area experienced a really bad thunderstorm, where multiple homes and businesses were flooded. Basements can be prone to flooding, especially ones built below ground, which is why it’s so important to own a wet vac if you do experience flooding. A wet vac is a machine that sucks up water from the ground. Some run on batteries while others have cords; either way, wet vacs are portable so you can suck up water from all around a flooded area. If you live in a place that floods frequently, John Temmel Siding Guy highly suggests buying a wet vac to keep handy for situations such as these!
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A deck post should always be placed on top of footing, not inside concrete because it can break. The photo on the left shows a post set in a bracket that has been mounted to the top of a footer. The photo on the right shows a post that has concrete poured around it, which can lead to a crack like you see here. When concrete is poured around a deck post in this way, the post will rot due to moisture buildup by the soil. Concrete tends to absorb moisture and wood expands when it gets wet, so these two factors combined will result in the wood breaking the concrete. By setting the post on top of footing, you’re creating a solid foundation for the deck to stand on.
Stucco installation typically involves the application of the following three layers:
- The Scratch Coat is the first layer and got its name because you need a scratch tool to help the other coats adhere.
- The Crown Coat is the second layer that involves leveling out the stucco.
- The Finish Coat is the visible exterior layer.