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How to Build a Wood Storage Shed

Posted 10/20/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Cooler months are upon us. Now is the perfect time to plan your fall building projects. A wood storage shed is an easy project to complete and is especially handy if you use a wood stove or fireplace to heat your home. Depending on your storage needs, our project plan is completely customizable and easy to build within a weekend.   How Much Storage Do I Need? Our standard, single-stall storage shed holds roughly a quarter cord of wood, or an amount of wood that fills a space equal to 4 feet...

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How To Keep Your Deck Splinter Free

Posted 08/26/2021 by Jase DeBoer

If you have recently built a wood deck or purchased a home with an existing wooden deck, you’ll want to keep it in tip-top shape. However, a large concern with wooden decks is the potential of deck boards splintering over time. With proper care and maintenance, your deck boards can remain pristine and look like new. Why Do Splinters Occur? Through continuous water absorption and water loss in your wood deck, natural defects may surface. The continual shrinking and swelling of your deck bo...

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Is Treated Lumber Safe for My Garden Bed?

Posted 06/23/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Raised bed gardening is a fun and effective way to grow vegetables and flowers in rural and city environments. Raised garden beds help protect plants from pesky animals and foot traffic while allowing the soil to warm faster in the spring to produce early crops, healthier plants and higher yields with less work. Raised garden beds are also decorative and will add a touch of charm to your vegetable garden or outdoor living area. Whether you are building a raised garden bed to grow vegetables, her...

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How to Remove Gray Discoloration from Lumber

Posted 05/21/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Your wood deck, fence or patio may have looked pristine upon installation, but within a few years, it likely started to change color. We all want our investments to last for decades, and with these few tips you can restore your outdoor wooden structures in a weekend. Why Does Discoloration Occur? Many wood species experience discoloration. With constant exposure to water, sun, dirt and other elements, lumber will naturally fade to a gray tone if not treated and coated with a waterproof sealer. ...

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What is Color-Treated Lumber?

Posted 04/21/2021 by Jase DeBoer

As you plan your building project, you may come across a handful of unfamiliar terms and classifications of lumber. There are many types of lumber, from pressure treated to heat treated. You also may have heard of “color-treated” or “color-infused” lumber. What exactly is color-treated lumber, and how does it differ from other lumber options? A Patented Process The color treatment process occurs as the wood is pressure treated. Our in-solution colorant penetrates the wood...

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Deck Maintenance During The winter Season

Posted 01/23/2020 by Jase DeBoer

For some, winter is a time to stash the outdoor furniture and get ready to watch the snow pile up on the deck until the spring thaw. For others, it’s a time to enjoy the deck in other ways, with outdoor heaters, fire pits, grills that never get stored and holiday décor. As a contractor, your clients can fall into both categories and will come to you with questions on how to properly winterize their deck. It’s important to be prepared for these questions, and ProWood® is he...

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Stair Stringers

Posted 08/31/2019 by Jase DeBoer

Building stairs can seem like a daunting task, and the stair stringer is often the most complicated part. While purchasing precut stringers is an option, you can also cut your own stair stringers. Here are some pro tips to ensure success during your project.  Cut Your Own Stringers    Start by using either a 2"x12" or 2"x14" piece of lumber. You should cut the first stringer to your specifications, and then use that stringer as a guide for the rest. Be sure to treat the ends with ...

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Weekend Building Tips and Flips

Posted 05/16/2019 by Jase DeBoer

Summer is right around the corner. Warm weather, long days by the pool and cookouts call for a celebration. If you need to get your outdoor space in tip-top shape for the summer months ahead, we’ve got you covered with quick tips and weekend flips. Quick Tips: Sun Exposure Sunshine is great but too much sun can make it uncomfortable to enjoy your outdoor space. When building a deck or other outdoor structure, pay attention to the orientation of the sun. For example, if you build a pergol...

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Designing with Pressure-treated Lumber

Posted 04/30/2019 by Jase DeBoer

Pressure-treated lumber can be used in many ways to optimize your outdoor living space. You can use it to add a deck, pergola, outdoor seating or even landscaping elements such as lattice. No matter what stage you’re at in the building process, we’re sharing four design tips you can use when adding new outdoor structure or updating existing structures. Deck Patterns If you’re at the very beginning stages of planning your deck build, consider the many pattern possibilities avai...

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Notching Posts – Is it okay?

Posted 03/21/2019 by Jase DeBoer

Say “No” to notching pressure-treated deck posts. We want you to build an outdoor railing system that you, your family and guests can enjoy without worrying about safety issues. In order to do so, you need to know this building shortcut is not advisable, and we recommend avoiding it at all costs. When you notch your railing posts, creating a lip that extends over the deck or porch boards, the outward thrust is significantly reduced. Unfortunately, notching railing posts is a practice...

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