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Informative articles on IPE written by Scott Burt and made available to members of IPE Help.

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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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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Case Study: Right Prep, Wrong Product

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Articles with 2 Comments
Case Study: Right Prep, Wrong Product

Here’s one for the “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” file…a true story about a recent ipe deck consultation. Another Sikkens Nightmare The deck is about 800 square feet, with an 8 year old failed Sikkens coating on it. When this is the starting point, there is really […]

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IPE Rule #1: No Film Forming Coatings

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Articles, IPE Rules with 1 Comment
IPE Rule #1: No Film Forming Coatings

To begin drilling deeper into our rules for IPE and why they are important, here is further detail into the first rule. No Film Forming Coatings. Period. A film forming coating is one that does not penetrate the wood. It sits on top of the wood and tries to stick to it. These coatings can […]

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Getting Started: The IPE Journey

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Articles with 4 Comments
Getting Started: The IPE Journey

Are you in the Planning Stages for an IPE deck project? We have heard for years from our readers that the transition from “wanting” an IPE deck to “getting” one is not all that easy. Often, deck builders do not have much experience in IPE installations, which puts the burden on you (the owner) to […]

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