5 Things You Should Know About The New Typar Butyl Flashing


The new Typar Butyl Flashing is a sturdy, yet flexible, flashing that is designed for use on straight jambs and heads of windows or doors. It seals the seams and edges tightly to protect against moisture and air infiltration, thus improving the buildings overall energy efficiency. The proprietary butyl copolymer formula is unlike rubberized asphalt-based flashings because it performs over a broader range of temperatures to deliver a more durable, longer-lasting seal. There are a few other things that make this Typar Flashing different, so we assembled a list of the top five things you should know about Typar Butyl Flashing.

1. Compatible With Caulks and Sealants

Many rubberized asphalt-based flashings have a tendency to interact with caulks and sealants, but TYPAR Flashing Butyl is compatible with most products commonly used in window and door installations.

2. Easy to Apply

This new flashing features a split poly backing with peel-and-stick properties that make for an easy application.

3. For any Job or Temperature

Typar Butyl Flashing is ideal for any job because it is available in 3 different sizes and provides maximum adhesion in a wide range of temperatures. It is suitable for installation down to 30° F (-1° C) and is thermally stable up to 180° F (82° C). The tape is available in rolls of 4″x75′, 6″x75′ and 9″x75′.

4. User & Environment Friendly

Typar Butyl Flashing contains no harmful VOCs and won’t off-gas. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are hazardous air pollutants that are often found in building products like paint thinners, wood preservatives and other types of adhesives. This new butyl flashing contains zero VOCs, which will lead to a healthier working and indoor environment.

5. Lifetime Limited Warranty*

When used as a part of the Typar Weather Protection System, Flashing Butyl is covered by the Typar industry-leading lifetime-limited warranty that includes both materials and labor.

If you want to shop or learn more about the new Typar Butyl Tape and other Typar products, then leave a comment below or visit diyhomecenter.com.

NEW Trex RainEscape Estimator


It is now easier than ever to plan a deck drainage system using Trex RainEscape! DIY Home Center is excited to present the Trex RainEscape Estimator that will not only provide an accurate cost estimate but will also show you a list of materials that can be added to your shopping cart with a single click.
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The RainEscape Estimator is easy to use and will reassure you get all the right products the first time around. To learn how to use the Trex RainEscape estimator, follow the simple 3 steps listed below:trex-rainescape-estimator-blog-final.jpg

1. Measure Your Deck

The first step in the RainEscape estimation process involves gathering information on the dimensions and characteristics of your deck. The size and style of your deck will determine the materials you will need. Measure the width of your deck, count railing posts and collect other information that is required for estimation.

2. Enter Your Information

Once you are finished measuring your deck, simply enter the information you collected into the estimator. The RainEscape Estimator provides drop-down menus and help buttons that make finding and selecting the correct information easy.

3. Calculate & Add to Cart

Finally, click the calculate button to receive your estimate. The estimator will generate a list of the materials you need to install Trex RainEscape on your deck, including the price and an option to add all the components to your cart.

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That’s it! With the new RainEscape Estimator, you’ll be able to create a dry living space beneath your deck in no time. Visit diyhomecenter.com to shop our home improvement products, or try the Trex RainEscape Estimator today.

10 Things You Should Seal in Your Home with Dupont FlexWrap EZ


Air leaks, in your home or any building, end up costing you more money on your energy bill. Although simply sealing windows and doors is a great way to prevent some heating and cooling loss, there are still many small air leaks that are often overlooked and can add up to significant energy costs over time. Sealing these small airways using flashing is a simple and cost-effective way to improve the energy efficiency and durability of your residential or commercial building.

Dupont FlexWrap EZ is a flexible adhesive that creates an air and watertight seal to conform to all different shapes and sizes of air leaks. This one product comes in a uniquely designed 2 ¾ in wide x 15 ft length roll that can typically cover an average sized home. Its size allows it to adapt to all jobs. To help homeowners and builders get the most energy savings, we made a list of 10 things in your home or building that can be sealed using FlexWrap EZ.

1. Plumbing Pipes

Not only can plumbing pipes create openings for air to escape, but they also can also leak water and decrease the durability of your home. FlexWrap EZ is designed to manage both air and water penetrations, which will improve your energy bill and extend the life of your home.

2. Electrical boxes

Wall or ceiling electrical boxes consist of various gaps due to the cables and wires that are housed inside. These small cable intrusions can lead to large air leaks if not properly taped off or sealed.

3. Outlets

At first glance, an outlet cover may seem to be fairly air leak free, but behind every outlet cover is a box packed with airflow. Luckily outlets allow for easy access, so air leakage can be easily prevented by creating a simple seal.

4. Wires

Running wires throughout your home creates very small penetrations in walls, ceilings, or floors that are often very difficult to seal. Dupont FlexWrap EZ has a unique design and size that can be easily used on these very small holes, so purchasing more than one size flashing is no longer a necessary hassle.

5. HVAC components

Many HVAC systems consist of multiple components such as vents, pipes or tubing that can lead to air leakage and energy loss. Sealing around these systems is very important to eliminate duct leakage and higher energy costs.

6. Dryer vents

If an exterior dryer vent is not properly sealed, then it can leave open cracks or gaps for air or insect and pest infiltration. A tight seal blocks these annoyances from entering your home and creating even larger and more costly problems.

7. Hose bibbs

An outdoor faucet or hose bibb attached to your house is another area that can cause concern if not properly sealed off. Prevent water and air leaks that can damage your home by using a flashing like Dupont FlexWrap EZ that is designed for these situations.

8. Exhaust fans

If your home consists of a kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan, then consider sealing around them in order to stop conditioned air from leaking into a space with unconditioned air.

9. Lights

A major source of ceiling air leakage occurs from unsealed lighting fixtures. Taping off any recessed lighting in your home will improve its energy efficiency and durability.

10. Gas lines

Leaving gas lines unproperly sealed can be both dangerous to your health and wallet. Allowing gas to escape from stoves, dryers or other appliances can lead to a risk of explosion from gas build-up and the fumes are not safe to breath. Sealing these areas using FlexWrap EZ is a smart and easy way to keep energy costs down and your family safe.

If you have any questions about Dupont FlexWrap EZ, please visit or chat with us at diyhomecenter.com.

 

Happy Memorial Day


In memory of those who have sacrificed and in honor of all who have served, DIY Home Center will have adjusted hours for the Memorial Day holiday.

Our customer service and shipping will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018.  

Please consider this when placing any orders. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day!

Two Products that Prevent Deck Rot


Preventing premature deck rot can be crucial in getting the most value out of your deck investment. The easiest way to extend the life of your deck is by using flashing, like joist tape and ledger tape, to protect the wood structure from moisture damage such as rot and decay.

The following DeckWise WiseWrap video shows the difference between joist tape and ledger tape, and how they are applied.

1. Joist Tape

A roll of WiseWrap Joist Tape is 3 inches wide, 75 feet long and is 35-40 mil thick. It is for use on joists, posts, ledger boards, end cuts and more.

How to Apply DeckWise Joist Tape
  1. Cut tape to length. Leave a 1” overlap of tape for joist ends.
  2. Remove the paper backing, center tape over the joist and press in place.
  3. Cut slits in WiseWrap Joist Tape at corners and wrap downward.
  4. Cut & apply Joist Tape on adjacent runs. Firmly fold tape over joist sides and ends.
  5. Continue this process on all joists.

2. Ledger Tape

A roll of WiseWrap Ledger Tape is 12 inches wide, 25 feet long and 35-45 mil thick. It is larger in size for use on ledger boards, mailbox posts, deck posts and fence posts.

How to Apply DeckWise Ledger Tape
  1. Measure and mark the face of the ledger board at 7.5”.
  2. Remove backing & align Ledger Tape along the 7.5” mark.
  3. Adhere WiseWrap Ledger Tape from the bottom up & fold over the ledger board edge.
  4. Crease edges and corners tightly moving upward onto the house.
  5. Finally, use a hand roller to smooth out the LedgerTape surface.
Shop DeckWise flashing tape and more at diyhomecenter.com.

 

5 Common Questions about WiseCoat Deck Stain & Sealer


Another great product is now available from DeckWise, a company known for their high quality wood finishes and sealers. It’s DeckWise WiseCoat, a hardwood deck finish that can waterproof and seal hardwood decking, the environmentally friendly way. To introduce this new DeckWise wood sealer, we have compiled a list of the five most common questions we have received about WiseCoat:

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1. What is DeckWise WiseCoat?

DeckWise WiseCoat is a premium hardwood deck, siding and fence waterproofing sealer that is non-toxic and zero VOC. It has a water-based formula designed to protect against mold, mildew, dry rot, peeling, and cupping of wood for up to 6-10 years. WiseCoat has a semi-transparent tint that blocks UV’s to prevent hardwood from graying and also enhances the natural grain and texture of exotic hardwoods. It is available in a 1 gallon can that covers approximately 250-350 square feet.

2. What types of wood are compatible with WiseCoat?

  • Dark Hardwoods: Ipe, Cumaru, Massaranduba, Beefwood, Cherry, Cedar, Walnut, African Padauk, Merbau, Ebony, Live Oak, Brown Oak, Rosewood and Purple Heart.
  • Light Hardwoods: Tigerwood, Garapa, Teak, White Oak, Jatoba, Chestnut, Pine, Gum, Ironwood, Red Oak, Birch, Ashe, Alder, Aspen, Cypress, Hickory, Pecan, Poplar and Maple.

3. Where can DeckWise WiseCoat be used?

Use DeckWise WiseCoat on decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, docks, shake roofs, railings, timber framing and play sets.

4. How to apply DeckWise WiseCoat:

  1. Clean the hardwood surface and let dry.
  2. Mix, stir or shake the can of WiseCoat thoroughly before use.
  3. Apply two coats using a sprayer, brush or stain pad. Spray the wood surface with a mist of water and apply WiseCoat immediately. Back brush out any puddles.
  4. Let dry for 2-3 hours.
  5. Clean sprayer, brushes or other equipment with soap and water.
  6. Re-apply WiseCoat when necessary.

5. Where is WiseCoat sold?

DIY Home Center carries DeckWise WiseCoat Premium Hardwood Deck, Siding & Fence Sealer along with a wide selection of other DeckWise products. And if we didn’t cover a question you have about WiseCoat, feel free to ask us in the comments below or chat with us at diyhomecenter.com

How to Straighten Deck Boards – Using the DeckWise Wrench


The DeckWise Wrench is a deck board straightening tool that allows builders to bend warped hardwood boards into place with ease. Watch the video below to learn more about the board straightener and how it works.

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The DeckWise Hardwood Wrench provides a pushing force of around 1100 lbs and has 10 configurations that allow virtually any position. It is compatible with all types of decking, like pregrooved or standard lumber, composites, and PVC. The tool can also be used on all high quality decking materials such as Trex, ironwood, teak, cedar, redwood, cumaru, tigerwood and massaranduba.

How to use DeckWise Wrench

    1. Place the wrench on joist or furring and position the joist pins and cam against the board tightly.
    2. Rotate the handle to apply pressure against the board. The cam will automatically lock the wrench in place and you can
    3. Let go of handle to install hidden fasteners.

Never experience the hassle of straightening a bowed wooden board with a chisel again. The ultimate deck board straightening tool from DeckWise is here and ready to make projects painless for deck builders everywhere. Visit diyhomecenter.com to shop the DeckWise Wrench and many more decking products.