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.

Lumber

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

Soil

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

Planting

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.

How to Install Deck Boards Easily (Fastener Free and Without Gaps)


Marksman EdgeMaybe easy isn’t the right word, but there are a variety of tools available to make more efficient work of deck board installation while providing superior fastener-free results. CAMO makes many of these tools, but their newest one, the Marksman Edge is different from the rest.

The CAMO Marksman Edge tool not only gives you a fastener free surface, but it also gives you a zero gap surface–without splitting, cracking, and without a high price tag. The Marksman Edge is designed specifically for pressure treated lumber.

To help you decide if this tool is for you, here’s a quick overview of how to use it.

What You Need

You’ll need a drill set to its highest speed, the CAMO Marksman Edge, CAMO Hidden fasteners (use 1-7/8″ for 3/4″ – 1-1/4″ deckboards; use 2-3/8″ for 1-1/2″-2″ deckboards), and optional secondary spacers if a gap is desired. Of course, you’ll need pressure treated lumber, too.

Installation Overview

Begin the installation with the board that abuts the structure and fasten the outside edge to the joist. You might need to face fasten or use an L bracket from beneath the structure to fasten the inside edge of the abutting board.

The CAMO Marksman Edge has a magnetized screw guide which holds the screw in place. When driving the screws into place, keep the tool face flat on the surface of the deck board and the screw guide tight to the edge of the deck board.

You’ll use both hands, gripping the driver drill in one hand and holding the Marksman Edge in the other. Keep the Marksman Edge tight to the board to maintain the screw angle and run the drill at full RPM. The screw will spin and auger the surface–do not force it–after a moment the screw will pull into the board.

Repeat this process down the length of the board to secure the deck boards to the joists and create a gap-free, fastener-free deck surface. You’ll be impressed with the results.

We think this is a great tool for efficiently getting a gap- and fastener-free deck surface, so we’re making sure that we have plenty in stock for the upcoming deck season. Get your CAMO Edge now at DIY Home Center.

CAMO Fasteners Approved for use with DuraLife Decking


DuraLife has approved CAMO for use with their high quality decking products.

We like the CAMO Hidden Fastening System because it’s easy to work with and produces great results. CAMO’s Marksman Pro–and their high quality screws–help fasten deck boards quickly and efficiently. DuraLife is another outstanding product known for it’s durability and strength.

With CAMO being approved for use with DuraLife, that means that not only is the product compatible, but that DuraLife thinks the results are so good that they recommend CAMO to be used with their product. So, if you’re considering a deck using DuraLife, you should also consider hiding your fasteners using the CAMO Hidden Fastening System.

When it comes time to selecting the correct CAMO fastener, CAMO has you covered with this guide (pdf).

Check out our selection of CAMO products at DIY Home Center.

How to Groove Your Own Deck Boards (It’s faster than you think!)


You might think that you need to have grooved deck boards to get a fastener-free deck surface with the TigerClaw TC-G fastener. But you can cut your own grooves in regular decking boards–and you can do it quickly!

The main tool required is a handheld router using a 5/32” bit (the video below shows the TigerClaw TC-G Slot Cutter). You’ll also want some safety glasses, a few clamps to hold down the decking boards on the deck surface, a tape measure, and a pencil.

As you see from the video, only a few steps are required:

  1. Measure 13/32” from bottom of board and mark with a pencil
  2. Adjust the router and do a sample cut at the pencil line and test to make sure the TigerClaw TC-G clip fits tightly in the groove as shown in the video
  3. After ensuring a correct measurement and cut, cut your grooves in the boards either at the location a groove is required or groove the entire board
  4. Install the TC-G clips as directed

The FastenMaster cut 8 slots in 12 seconds–only 24 seconds additional labor on every 20’ deck board and an extra 16 minutes for a 400 square foot deck. Much faster than installing deck boards with screws. (Not to mention those extra DIY bonus points you get for cutting your own grooves!)

Check out DIY Home Center for the TC-G clips and the slot cutter router and get this project started!

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