NEW Black Trex RainEscape


The original Trex RainEscape components come in a color that is often considered an orange, tan or brown. We are excited to announce that the same Trex RainEscape Downspouts and Troughs are available in the color black. The new black components were created to provide a deck drainage system that is virtually invisible from the decks surface. Although the original color of the system worked perfectly to create an unnoticeable deck drainage system for most decks, this new black option will provide a great alternative to those who would prefer to have a black underdeck system.

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New Black RainEscape Products include:

  1. Black Trex RainEscape Downspout
  2. Black Trex RainEscape 12′ Trough
  3. Black Trex RainEscape 16′ Trough

The drainage system will still require some of the original RainEscape materials, which have always come in the color black, such as the butyl tape, butyl tape for Trex Elevationswall flashing and post flashing. A RainEscape Butyl Caulk Tube may also be necessary to ensure the system has a watertight seal.

Go to diyhomecenter.com to figure out which color is right for you and to estimate your deck project with our Trex RainEscape Calculator.

Happy Labor Day!


At DIY Home Center, everyone works very hard to give you the best service and products possible. To honor the hard-working staff at DIY, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday.

Our normal customer service and shipping operations will resume on Tuesday, September 4th at 8:00 am CST. As always, orders can be placed 24/7 at diyhomecenter.com.

Thank you and enjoy your Labor Day!

5 Places To Use Slatwall For A Clutter-Free Home


Nobody likes clutter. This has always been true, but in recent years the minimalist style and lifestyle have taken over. There is no longer tolerance for a home full of disorderly possessions. Now is the time to declutter your space.

Luckily, to adjust with these changing times, there is an abundance of innovative home storage and organization products available on the market today. While they all may seem very contemporary and cool, are they really necessary?

Honestly, the only thing you really need is what you’ve seen every time you entered a retail store (remember those?). It is called slatwall. They come in panels that attach to your wall and offer a variety of accessories like hooks and shelves that will help you declutter any problem area you may encounter. It is likely you have seen slatwall in action at somebody’s home, but if not, then it might be hard to imagine it anywhere other than at your largest retailer. Slatwall is and can be used virtually anywhere you want, but to give you a better idea of how it will work for you we created a list of the 5 most popular places people use slatwall in their homes to eliminate clutter.

1. Garage Organization

If you have a garage, then you probably live in a home and deal with the common clutter that comes with it. Whether it be shovels, rakes, ladders, baseball bats, basketballs, fishing poles, bicycles, gas cans, or tools, these items may be tough to not create an eyesore with. Many people most commonly install slatwall panels in their garage because they take up minimal space and provide maximum storage capability.

2. Closet Storage

Often, a horizontal pole doesn’t provide enough versatility to hold every item in our closets. It is great for holding shirts on hangers, but it is not an ideal set up for organizing things like handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Slatwall can be installed on an open wall in your closet and be fitted with hooks and shelves to provide the perfect one-stop solution to all the hassling items in your wardrobe.

3. Basement Shelving

The basement of your home may wear many hats. For many individuals, it may be a home office, gym, bar, pantry, game room, bunker (you never know) or even just a storage space for your extra junk. All of these basement possibilities have one thing in common – additional items – that need to be put somewhere, somehow.

4. Mudroom Space Savers

Like your closet, the mudroom is often a place that holds apparel like jackets, hats, shoes, bags, and backpacks. If your mudroom does not have the right places for storage, then it is likely that clutter will create chaos in your kitchen or living room space. Installing slatwall in a mudroom, may be a good step to preventing clutter in other areas of your home.

5. Laundry Room Solutions

Although it may sound impossible, you can keep your laundry room tidy. Even with all the piles of clothes, detergent, cleaning supplies, brooms, ironing boards, baskets, mops or whatever else may be in there. All those things can be managed efficiently using slatwall. There is even a specific slatwall accessory called the laundry hook that is perfect for holding hangers to keep your garments wrinkle-free or to let air dry.

Hopefully, this list has inspired you to declutter one or more of these problem rooms in your home. And don’t let the list confuse you, you can use slatwall anywhere you want to get organized. Whether you need to clean up your closet, garage or any other area, it is the one storage solution that can turn your mess into a masterpiece.

DIY Home Center carries quality Garage Escape slatwall panels and a variety of slatwall accessories that will meet all of your storage needs. Visit our website to shop or learn more about other home improvement solutions. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the section below.

Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing: The Look Of Iron Without The Maintenance


When deciding on a railing system, many homeowners are drawn to the elegant beauty and strength of wrought iron railing. Then, they learn about the maintenance that comes with an iron railing system and things change.

The largest problem with a traditional iron railing is that it rusts. Not only is rust unsightly, but it can lead to hours of scraping at spots and even corrosion that creates dangerous structural problems. That upkeep is a huge turn-off. So then the question, “Can I get a railing with a similar look, but with as little maintenance and rust as possible?” is asked.

The short answer is yes. A rust-free alternative to iron railing does exist and it is called the Fe26 Iron Railing by Fortress Railing Products.

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Fortress Fe26 Railing was designed using alternative materials and a superior coating process to achieve an enhanced version of traditional wrought iron railing that is virtually maintenance free. It is made of 100% galvanized steel that has both an industrial grade e-coat and premium powder coat layer on top. The combination is fairly unique to provide a system that is stronger than iron and resistant to rust and corrosion.

The Fe26 Railing also does not sacrifice on appearance, as it offers the same solid, black steel railing look that made homeowners interested in the first place.

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So if you are looking for a railing that offers the beauty and functionality of wrought iron, but doesn’t require the same maintenance, then Fe26 may be the perfect option for your home or project.

You should also note that Fortress Fe26 Railing is easy to install and purchase because it follows a simple 4 step system. Complete these steps to ensure you have everything needed for your project:

Shop and learn more about Fortress Fe26 Iron Railing or other railing options at diyhomecenter.com. Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the section below.

Make Your Deck Lateral Load Code-Compliant


As a homeowner or builder, it can be difficult to be sure a deck is built to code. It’s possible that a long-time code may change or a violation can occur during deck construction. The risks of a deck not built to code include damage to property or even injury. To make sure your project complies with all codes, stay up-to-date on current building regulations.

A new regulation change is the lateral load requirement being enforced under Section R507 of the 2015 International Residential Code. This change includes new methods for making lateral load connections on decks. The new methods make it easier and faster to install connections that meet deck lateral load requirements.

To help builders and DIYers capitalize on this opportunity, FastenMaster has released a new system that uses the new methods. It’s called the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System, or LTS for short. It is a complete kit that includes all 4 lateral load connectors a deck needs. LTS is a lateral load resistance system that is designed to transfer the lateral forces on a deck to its attached structure. The deck tension ties are each built to resist 750 pounds in tension and should be installed in four evenly spaced locations along the length of the ledger. Watch the video below to get a better idea of how the LTS system works.

FastenMaster LTS works by securing the plate to the deck joist with 8 small screws. Then, it connects the plate to the structural framing member inside the house with 1 long screw. LTS is easy to install, as it provides the option to either apply the screw or the bracket first. It can also be used with or without blocking and doesn’t require access to the interior of the house. This means that a solid connection can be made in seconds. LTS is adjustable for use in the 5 most popular installation conditions.

Condition A: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Behind Ledger.
Condition B: Sill Plate or Wall Plate Directly Below Ledger.
Condition C: Sill Plate or Wall Plate 2” – 5” below Ledger.
Condition D: Wall Stud in line with Deck Joist.
Condition E: Wall Stud between Deck Joists.

To guarantee your safety and the safety of your friends and family, make sure your deck meets building code requirements with the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for Decks. Protect your investment by avoiding costly deck repairs and making all of the right connections in the first place.

Visit diyhomecenter.com or leave a comment below to learn more about the FastenMaster Lateral Tension System for decks.

Happy 4th of July!


In honor of the Independence Day holiday, DIY Home Center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Our regular business hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th at 8:00 AM CST.

UPS – There will be no shipping on Wednesday, July 4th. Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

FedEx – There will be limited shipping on Tuesday, July 3rd and no shipping Wednesday, July 4th. Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

Please keep these holiday hours in mind when placing your order.

Thank you and have a safe 4th of July!

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.