Protect Your Investment with DeckWise JOIST TAPE!

As every homeowner knows, your deck is a significant investment!  In addition to investing in high quality decking, it is equally as important to protect your deck structure. What better way to protect your investment than by creating a waterproof barrier to help stop decay and wood rot?  DeckWise JOIST TAPE is a self-adhesive deck flashing & anti-corrosion barrier made to block moisture and maximize the life of your new deck or restoration.

Prevent Wood Rot and Decay

Prevent Wood Rot and Decay

Rot is caused by moisture that stays in contact with lumber deck framing and the above decking material. When this tape is applied, it creates a water proof seal that blocks contact with water and stops wood rot! Wood decay also occurs when deck screws penetrate the deck board, thus piercing the joist sub-framing. The joist tape seals around decking screws, blocking the primary water pathway into deck joists.

DeckWise JOIST TAPE has multiple applications and is recommended for use on joists, posts, ledger boards, cut ends and more. Additionally, it can be placed between treated lumber and metal surfaces to prevent corrosion of the metal from contact with treated lumber.



Professional builders will appreciate that DeckWise JOIST TAPE is a malleable polyethylene waterproof wood flashing and material with a rubberized asphalt adhesive. DIYers at home will know that once the tape is applied it blocks moisture, prevents wood rot and extends the life of your deck for years to come!





Like DeckWise Ipe clips, screws and all other DeckWise products, you can count on the best in decking tools and accessories. Their Made in America products are known for dependability and ease-of-use.  Make your deck structure as much of a priority as your high quality decking and protect your investment with DeckWise JOIST TAPE!


Holiday Customer Service and Shipping Schedule

Happy Holidays from all of us at DIY Home Center!  Below is our holiday customer service and shipping schedule.

December 25th and 26th

  • Orders placed on or after the afternoon of December 24th will be processed on Monday December 29th
  • Customer service is not available the 25th or 26th and will resume at 8 AM CST on the 29th

December 31st and January 1st

  • Orders placed on or after the afternoon of December 30th will be processed on Monday January 5th
  • Customer service is not available the 31st or 1st  and will resume at 8 AM CST on the 5th

How to Install Trex Landscape Lighting

There are lot of ways that putting lights outside can liven up and inspire your outdoor space. A well-lit pathway, an illuminated tree, some light coming out of the bushes–outdoor lights can be both functional and beautiful.

That’s why we’re excited to see Trex, a brand we know and trust, introduce great landscape lighting options including a well light, path light, multifunction light, and spotlight. Each light has a different use, whether it’s lighting bushes, paths, trees, or even buildings.

Trex has made installation easier by giving all components a male and female end. Snap them together to install. With the high quality LED components from Cree, you can feel confident that you’ll get the full 40,000 hours of life from your Trex Landscape Light.

As with any lighting project, make sure you first come up with a plan. Where are you going to put your lights and what kind of effect are you trying to achieve? Jot down some notes and head over to DIY Home Center to pick out your Trex Landscape Lighting selection.

4th of July Holiday Hours

4th of July Hours

In observance of the 4th of July holiday, both our shipping and customer service departments we will be closed on Friday, July 4th.  Our normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 7th at 8 AM CST.

From our team to yours we wish you a safe and fun July 4th weekend!









How To Hide a Well Cover (and more) In Your Yard

Do you have something to hide? That’s what Dekorra Products wants to know. Because if you do, they have a solution for you–a hard-to-tell-it’s-not-real rock cover.

Faux Rock Covers

Faux Rock Covers

Chances are you’ve seen a faux rock cover over a well cover or a septic cover, but how about a pressure tank or a pool filter? Even for large size items, Dekorra Products has a rock enclosure to conceal it.

Dekorra’s rocks come in several colors, autumn bluff, sandstone, riverbed, and fieldstone. There are a variety of different sizes and shapes to use depending on what you’re covering. The enclosure can be secured to the ground with heavy-duty stakes (included with each model) and a reinforced edge lets them withstand 100 lbs of pressure per square inch.

Dekorra is a Wisconsin-based company with a mission to conceal unsightly items in residential and commercial landscapes. They succeed with well-designed rock enclosures which replicate natural boulders and blend in with the landscaping.  Not to mention, all Dekorra rocks are made in the USA.

Take a look in your yard. Do you have a well cap or septic cover? Maybe an unsightly electrical box or irrigation pipes? Cover it up! Measure it and get the perfectly sized Dekorra rock enclosure to hide it.

Take a look at the selection of Dekorra Products rock enclosures available now at DIY Home Center.

How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds are a great way to garden. They let you take control of your soil, are easier on your back, and can help keep animals out. Making a raised garden bed is a fun project and can be even more fun with a product called the M Brace.

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

The M Brace by Art of Garden is one of those products that not only makes the project easier and faster, it makes it look classier, too. Here’s how you can create your own raised garden bed using the M Brace by Art of Garden.

  1. Decide on either the M Brace or M Brace Mini and then select your style.
  2. Locate or create a flat surface in your yard.
  3. Position your M Braces and then insert your lumber in the slots.
  4. Optionally secure the lumber to the M Braces using the screw holes.
  5. Fill the raised garden bed with high quality soil.
  6. Plant herbs, flowers, and/or vegetables and enjoy!

Here are a few quick tips on some of the materials and what to plant.


Avoid any lumber treated with chemicals as this might leach into the soil and your vegetables (assuming you’re growing vegetables/herbs to eat). Cedar and redwood is good, naturally rot-resistant lumber for a raised garden bed. You can use four 2×12’s, eight 2×6’s, eight 2×6’s and a four 2×4’s (the boards will extend a bit beyond the height of the M Brace) or other combinations of lumber. Your raised garden bed can be up to 14” high with the M Brace and up to 10” high with the M Brace Mini.

lumber to use for raised garden bed

Lumber to Use For Raised Garden Bed


Use Google to find a local business that delivers high quality soil. Soil mixed with compost is great. The better the quality, the better your herbs, flowers, and vegetables–but keep in mind your soil will need to be rejuvenated annually. Soil is delivered in cubic yards. Determine how many cubic yards you’ll need and plan for a little bit to spare.

soil for raised beds

Soil for Raised Beds


It’s obvious, but what you plant depends on where you live. Use a climate zone map to determine what will grow best in your area–and then make sure to water it and take care of it according to the directions!

planting raised garden beds

Planting Raised Garden Beds

We think the M Brace is a great way to simplify making a raised garden bed and make it really attractive in the process. You can check them out at DIY Home Center and see which style is right for you! If you’re looking for a smaller raised bed, make sure to check out the M Brace Mini, typically used as starter gardens for young gardeners or whimsical butterfly gardens.  Regardless of your style, raised gardens provide years of great gardening!

How to Put the Trex Clip on the Tiger Claw Install Gun

Customers have been asking us about getting the Trex clip on the Tiger Claw install gun. If you’ve been having this problem, you’re not alone!

The trick? Don’t look at the wire on the side. Instead, hold the gun like you’re going to use it and then put the clip on. Take a look at this simple video to see what we’re talking about:

We hear there will be a redesign in the future, but in the meantime, this short Youtube video helps.


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