• Remodeler Creates Heaven with DeckExpo Prize

    Posted 3 November 2015 12:05 PM by Alyssa Bylsma

    Elliott Pike was returning to his hotel room from Remodeling Show/DeckExpo/JLC Live 2014 when he received a call from an unfamiliar number. The Alabama builder/remodeler couldn’t believe the mystery caller’s words: Pike had won $15,000 worth of Deckorators products in a random drawing at DeckExpo. “I thought it was a joke,” he says. We recently caught up with Pike to see how he used that serious prize package. Before the surprising call ended, Pike knew how he wo...

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  • Pro Tool Reviews Project Spotlight

    Posted 21 October 2015 9:15 AM by Dan Morovits

    Pro Tool Reviews strives to provide builders and contractors with reliable reviews to help them make better tool purchasing decisions. The online magazine’s editor-in-chief recently used our products to renovate the outdoor living space at his 1920s-era Florida bungalow — and the tool critic came away impressed. When Clint DeBoer set out to replace his heavily damaged heart pine wrap-around porch and rear deck, his wish list included: An ultra-durable, stylish composite dec...

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  • 5 Fabulous Fall Upgrades

    Posted 19 August 2015 4:17 PM by Alyssa Bylsma

    5 fabulous fall upgrades can extend your deck time this year Who says you have to give up time on the deck you love just because summer is over? Whether you’re just relaxing or tackling home improvement projects, time outdoors is a great way to recharge at the end of a hectic day or tiring week. A few simple do-it-yourself updates can help you enjoy your deck this fall – and throughout the rest of the year. 1. Add decorative touches like post caps and privacy lattice. Just having a d...

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  • Ideas for Better LV Lighting

    Posted 11 August 2015 3:55 PM by Alyssa Bylsma

    Low-voltage lighting can add nighttime ambience and safety to any outdoor living project. Warm, white LED lights offer an energy-efficient way to accent railings, balusters and decking. We have three great ideas to make your next low-voltage lighting installation quicker, easier and more creative. Use converter clips Our newest line of low-voltage lighting products features a straightforward clip system. We called it "straightforward" because it's simple to use. Each component’s clip simpl...

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  • A Gift That Keeps on Giving

    Posted 22 July 2015 3:00 PM by Alyssa Bylsma

    Last Christmas, Oregon’s Carl Moyer promised his wife, Erin, a surprise gift. The Parr Lumber Company employee offered Erin no hints about the nature of the present, revealing only that she would receive it sometime in 2015. Carl spent the early part of the year secretly designing the gift. And when Erin joined family members on a 10-day Mexico cruise in April, Moyer seized the moment to work on the present: a fully remodeled deck at their suburban Portland home. Decaying deck needs new l...

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