Cracks and checks give cedar so much of its character. They are a big part of what makes cedar completely unique and different from any other timber in the world! Cracks or checks occur when wood shrinks as it dries. Wood shrinks roughly twice as much along the growth rings as it does across the rings and it […]
Part 2 Double Hung Comparing the Cost Most of the new double hung windows sold today use a jamb liner with spring resistance, but there are still a lot of counter weighted windows out there. When assessing repair costs versus replacement it is important to gather as much information as possible. Common Problems […]
Part 1 – Identifying the Problem From a broken window to a broken seal, a rotted sash to a rotted sill – knowing what to do can save you thousands. Anatomy of a Window 3 Common Window Problems Broken Glass/Seal These are two different problems with the same answer – glass […]
Which Cedar is best for your project? Western Red, Aromatic & Inland These are the most prevalent cedar lumbers sold in the Mid-West and are often sold under the generic label of Cedar. I use the term lumbers instead of species, as none of these are True Cedars. The word cedar is describing the […]
1. There is a ton of information on cedar that, while interesting, is unimportant to your building project. Forget the fact that there are no true cedar species in North America or that Western Red Cedar and Inland Cedar are the same species grown in different areas, but rather focus on what cedars are available […]
Pros and Cons of Ipe Decking Pros Ipé (pronounced ee-pay) is considered one of the best tropical hard woods for decking. It is naturally insect and rot-resistant and is one of the densest hardwoods available, ranking 3680 on the Jenka Scale compared to Western Red Cedar at 350. Ipe has the same fire rating […]
The American Wood Protection Association and the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) have passed changes to their standards requiring pressure treated wood used in many physically above-ground applications be treated to ground contact requirements. The new standards require the user (builder, consumer, or inspector) to select Ground Contact Treatment for physically above-ground material when: […]
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