Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a wood finishing expert. IPE decks are one of the areas of expertise in which he is frequently published in paint and remodeling magazines. He also engages in clinics and speaking appearances on the topic. Ipehelp.com is where IPE owners and installers can engage with Scott.

Ipe A La Carte Member Chat

Written by on May 30, 2017 in Common Issues with 5 Comments
Ipe A La Carte Member Chat

This space is for Ipe Help “A La Carte” members only. So, if you can see this, you are one. I wanted to open up a chat opportunity for folks with questions about current, future or even past ipe deck issues. Feel free to load up the comment section below as part of the Q&A […]

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Deck Safety

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

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 […]

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Process Overview for Ipe Deck Care

Written by on May 13, 2017 in Articles with 2 Comments
Process Overview for Ipe Deck Care

Ipe Deck Care Package Here’s a quick behind the scenes look at one of our annual maintenance accounts for a home that has 7 ipe decks. The one shown here is the largest one on the house. It is northeast facing and receives sun only in the morning, with full lakeside exposure. Of course, snow […]

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Ipe Deck Projects by Members of this Site

Written by on August 13, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Projects by Members of this Site

What Happens Behind the Ipe Help Curtain? Here’s a quick reel of some of the ipe deck project situations being addressed this season by paid members of Ipehelp.com. We continue to be impressed, and often downright amazed, at the work our ipe deck owners are able to complete with our support. This is just a […]

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What to Look For During Ipe Deck Prep

Written by on August 13, 2016 in Articles, Member Questions with 5 Comments
What to Look For During Ipe Deck Prep

Often times, when you set up to maintain an ipe deck, it is difficult to know how the wood should look during the various stages leading up to oil application. If your deck has weathered, which they all do, the one certainty is that you can’t just put fresh oil on without preparing the surface. […]

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Ipe Deck Prep Gear and Methods

Written by on June 5, 2016 in Articles, Member Questions with 1 Comment
Ipe Deck Prep Gear and Methods

The Ipe Help Team shares a lot of general information that is open to public view, but we save our most specific and up to date knowledge for our paid members who support our ability to operate this site. We thank you all for being a part of this group.  With today’s installment, I wanted […]

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Ipe Maintenance Spotlight

Written by on May 15, 2016 in Articles with 5 Comments
Ipe Maintenance Spotlight

It’s ipe maintenance season once again, and I get to see all of the decks that our paid members finished last season and how they endured the winter. If you have been around this site for very long, you have probably seen one of our featured member projects from last year…one of the most amazing […]

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Ipe Deck Planner

Written by on December 29, 2015 in Articles with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Planner

For the ipe deck planner in your household…ipe decks are one of the most exciting and popular projects to plan. We offer these questions for your consideration as you research for your project. 20 Questions for the Ipe Deck Planner Have you laid out the footprint of the deck in the yard? How big will […]

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“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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Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

Written by on September 7, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

What Should You Expect when Purchasing Ipe Decking? The old timers call it “culling the pile”, and even though you paid a premium price for your ipe decking, it is still necessary to give it a close look when it arrives on your site. While it is exotic wood and a premium deck building material, […]

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