Trex RainEscape – Expand your Outdoor Area!


Trex RainEscape

Trex RainEscape

A brand new room, underneath your deck, with Trex RainEscape.

There you are relaxing underneath your deck, enjoying a good book and sipping on some tea. Suddenly it starts raining, and as the water pours through the cracks, you rush indoors, narrowly avoiding your second shower for the day…

It doesn’t have to be this way—you can protect the area underneath your deck from the heaviest of downpours with Trex RainEscape.

But RainEscape is more than just protection from the rain. Since it installs above the joist, RainEscape leaves the joist cavity dry—bone dry. This means you can start making some pretty amazing plans for underneath your deck.

Maybe you want to run electric wire for a ceiling fan, recessed lighting, or some speakers. Or, you might decide to screen this area in for a three season room. Or maybe you just want to put your barbecue below your deck so you can grill without getting soaked. The point is, once you’re protected from the elements, you have a lot of options!

RainEscape is installed before you place your deck boards. Rolled rubber troughs install in the joist spaces and are stapled and taped down. The troughs are installed with a bit of a pitch to direct the water to a plastic collector which acts as a downspout. In some installs we’ve seen, plastic pipes are put underneath the collector to direct all the water to one well-placed downspout. Many installs conceal everything by using a ceiling of some type—a tongue and grooved ceiling looks great!

RainEscape not only protects you from rain while you’re under your deck, it makes the space under your deck a great place to enjoy a soothing spring, summer, or autumn rainfall. Brew a pot of coffee and spend a quiet morning reading—or pop the cork off some wine and unwind while enjoying a pleasant evening shower.

Ready to expand make a great outdoor area under your deck? Trex RainEscape is available now at DIY Home Center.

How to Hang Drywall with FramerBACK and CornerBACK


We previously wrote about FastenMaster’s time-saving BACK Line. This product line helps you hang drywall and reduce the amount of framing members you need to use and eliminates deadwood nailers, allowing a home to have more insulation and be more energy efficient.

If you haven’t hung drywall before and you hear people talk about framing members and deadwood nailers, you might start doubting your DIY abilities. Thanks to Youtube, you can acquire practically any knowledge you need–and learning about hanging drywall and using FastenMaster’s BACK line is no exception.

In this FastenMaster video, you’ll learn how to install the FramerBACK and CornerBACK, the code-compliant metal clips that make drywall installation faster and easier while using less materials:

If you’re a builder or a DIY-er who prides him or herself on doing the job right, check out the FramerBACK and CornerBACK on DIY Home Center.

For House Wraps and Roof Felts, the Stinger CH38A Delivers


Used for roofing felt and house wrap, the Stinger CH38A Autofeed Hammer Tacker Plastic Cap Stapler provides both a strong hold and a quick application. The durable CH38A stapler delivers both a cap and a staple with one blow, making jobs go quickly with excellent results and holding power.

The Stinger CH38A Autofeed Hammer Tacker Plastic Cap Stapler

For contractors, this cap and staple system means fewer callbacks and less time at job sites. Housewrap holds tight–even in winds–and the application is quick and easy. Workers gain mobility because they don’t have to haul a hose with them. And they don’t have to worry about the tool–the Stinger is durable and will hold up to abuse and drops.

It’s also a great tool for homeowners looking to complete a job using a time-saving, quality tool without breaking the budget. You get a tight, strong hold using a system that helps you complete the job in a fraction of the time.

The CH38A plastic cap stapler weighs just 2.9 pounds and fires full 1” caps and ⅜” staples. It can hold 168 caps and staples and reloads quickly in about a minute (videos are available on YouTube to show you how it’s done, such as the one below).

The Stinger is compatible with DuPont Tyvek Wrap Caps StaplePac and 1″ Plasti-Top plastic coated caps and is a great tool for both house wrap and roof felt applications.

The Stinger Autofeed Hammer Tacker Plastic Cap Stapler – CH38A is a solid, durable, and cost-effective tool that delivers quality results. Check it out now at DIY Home Center.

Work with the Best: Screw Products C-Deck Color Matches Trex, TimberTech and More!


Full C-Deck screws color chart

Is deck repair or deck installation on your to do list this summer? If it is, you’ll want to know about all the brands and styles that Screw Products C Deck composite deck screws can color match.

C-Deck screws eliminate mushrooming and blemishes that occur on composite material. You pay a lot for your deck material, so it makes sense to fasten it down with a good, quality screw. C-Deck also works great for wood—in fact, the screws are even strong enough to hold down warped lumber.

We like recommending Screw Products because they are so easy to use. You know how annoying it is when the screwdriver or drill bit slips off the screw. Screw Products screws have Star Drive—which means the screws drive without any kind of slippage whatsoever. They are also threaded to drive in more easily, so they cruise through the toughest of composite materials.

In other words, they are just a lot easier to work with, and when you’re driving a lot of screws, easy is good.

Screw Products has made sure that everyone can benefit from their great product by compiling a long list of brands and styles that C-Deck screws color match (pdf). Check out the list and find your brand and style and select the right C-Deck screw for your upcoming project.

Penofin Knotwood Composite Deck Stain Renews Your Deck


Penofin Knotwood Oil Finish

Penofin Knotwood Color Swatches

Is your composite wood deck fading and showing its age? You might be tempted to ignore the problem, expecting an expensive time consuming restoration project. Not anymore. With Penofin Knotwood Oil Finish, you can restore beauty back into dulled and gray composite deck surfaces and keep your deck looking like new.

One application of the Brazillian Rosewood Oil in Penofin’s Knotwood Oil Finish penetrates your composite decking, restoring the color and life you originally enjoyed when you installed the deck.

Penofin Knotwood composite deck stain also protects your deck surface from spills–simply wipe spills up and Knotwood will prevent it from staining. Knotwood also prevents mildew formation. It’s like putting up a shield around your deck.

Penofin Knotwood comes in three natural wood tones: Knot Cedar, Knot Mahogany, and Knot Redwood. One gallon can cover approximately 400 square feet of rough deck surface.

Penofin recommends cleaning the composite surface with Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner Step 2 prior to applying the Knotwood Oil Finish. Make sure the surface is clean and dry prior to each application. Cleaning the deck surface ensures a professional-looking job and even penetration.

With some simple maintenance and a small amount of elbow grease, you can keep your composite deck looking like new with Penofin’s Knotwood Oil Finish. Protect your investment and click over to DIY Home Center to purchase a gallon today!