Common Issues

Deck Safety

Deck Safety

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Common Issues with 0 Comments

Memorial Day often kicks off the outdoor living season. Please take a moment to review some general guidelines for deck safety so that you can grill and enjoy cocktails with no worries all summer. These tips are provided by the North American Deck and Rail Association, which promotes deck safety awareness by recommending inspection and […]

“Ipe Rules” Class at ’15 Deck Expo in Chicago

“Ipe Rules” Class at ’15 Deck Expo in Chicago

Written by on November 22, 2015 in Common Issues, IPE Rules with 0 Comments

Lively Discussion on Ipe Rules Wood snobs Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar, co-founders and trainers at Prep to Finish, taught an ipe class in Chicago at the 2015 Deck Expo held at the Navy Pier on October 1. The class included a power point presentation in support of the presentation on their popular Ipe Rules. […]

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IPE Myths

Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

Written by on July 14, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments

A Cautionary Tale of Rot and Restoration One of the biggest myths about exotic deck woods is that they never rot. It’s not something we see every day, but it does happen. All wood is capable of rotting. That’s what keeps it interesting. A handful of contributing factors have to converge for exotic deck wood […]

IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

Written by on June 28, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments

I was doing some reading the other day on one of the social media sites, I think it was Pinterest. There, I came across a discussion about IPE, wherein the group was discussing the challenges of making oils work in IPE. One contributor concluded: “Oil just doesn’t penetrate IPE…” This is a classic IPE myth. […]

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