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 Gone Gray

Written by on November 13, 2019 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Ipe Gone Gray

Distinguished or just old looking? It is one of the most common questions amongst ipe owners – whether to take on the rigorous maintenance required to preserve the beauty of the wood, or just let it age naturally because it is unlikely to ever rot. You may find, like me, that as your interest in […]

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Los Angeles New Ipe Build

Written by on November 13, 2019 in Articles with 0 Comments
Los Angeles New Ipe Build

This season, we advised many of our members on some really unique and interesting ipe projects – of all shapes, sizes and designs. Here is a great example of a well prepared new build in LA. Like many of our members, these ipe owners wanted to arm themselves with information upon the initial build and […]

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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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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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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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Redefining the “Custom Ipe Deck”

Written by on September 6, 2015 in Articles with 0 Comments
Redefining the “Custom Ipe Deck”

In the world of exterior home features, it is rare to come across an architectural element that is designed to strike the balance between large in scale and tastefully detailed. That combination could well be the new definition of “custom”, in the exotic wood deck realm – where material selection and final aesthetic are geared […]

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Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Written by on August 30, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Another of the most common questions we receive from ipe deck owners. The answer is pretty simple. When your deck starts to look dull, gray and faded out, it is time to maintain. In other words, you probably know how ipe is supposed to look – rich, deep red and brown tones – and when […]

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What About Deck Stain Product?

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Member Questions with 28 Comments
What About Deck Stain Product?

This is a question that is often addressed too late in the planning/execution of an ipe project. In a new ipe deck build, choosing a deck stain product seems to be a lower order priority in the grand scheme of building. And on a “re-do”, it is often one of the last decisions made in […]

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