How To Install Trex Select Decking with Hidden Fasteners


Using the Tiger Claw TC-G clip system with Trex Select decking boards, is Trex approved. In other words, Trex Select can now be gun-installed using the TC-G clips. If you have used the TigerClaw TC-G system in the past, you know what a time-saver this system is and how easy it is to work with.

The free TC-G gun promo is the perfect way to get your Trex Select decking installed fast and cost effectively. Just buy 2 buckets of Tiger Claw TC-G hidden fasteners and 2 boxes of screw nails and get a Free Tiger Claw Installation Gun with free shipping. (Certain restrictions apply and this deal won’t last forever.)

Watch this short installation video to see just how easy it is to create a fastener-free look with TigerClaw TC-G clips and installation gun.

We always want to make sure you have the right clip for your project.  If you are installing Trex decking, keep these points in mind:

  • TC-G Clips are only approved for use with Trex Select grooved decking
  • The Cortex for Trex  fastening system is needed for perimeter boards and stairs
  • Trex Hideaway Steel Fasteners are still the recommended clip for all other Trex decking
  • Trex Hideaway does not fit Trex Select decking

Have a Trex Select decking installation planned? Make sure to check out DIY Home Center and TigerClaw TC-G Clips.

FastenMaster TrapEase 3 Makes Your Deck Installation Faster and Stronger


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FastenMaster TrapEase 3

Last week, we shared information about FastenMaster TORX TTAP used by FastenMaster Cortex and FastenMaster TrapEase 3. This week, we want to take a closer look at the FastenMaster TrapEase 3. It’s a versatile deck screw designed for use with composite, PVC, and capstock decking. The FastenMaster TrapEase 3 provides a clean, finished look with a quick, streamlined install.

The TrapEase 3 uses the TORX® TTAP® Drive System which makes the screws stick easily and drill in without wobble and without stripping — no pre-drilling required. The screw drives into the deck board easily and leaves no mushrooming effect.

Each box comes with the bit and spotter lid. The spotter lid makes it easy to have perfectly placed screws, for straight or angled decking, and provides a consistent install with a great finished look. The screws come in 75, 350, and 1050 piece boxes which will cover 20, 100, and 300 square feet of deck, respectively.

The TrapEase 3 is available in an array of color painted screws to match popular decking boards. A corrosion warranty lasts for the life of the project.  If you’re looking for a versatile screw that installs fast and clean into composite, PVC, and capstock–the TrapEase 3 is perfect. We have FastenMaster TrapEase 3 at DIY Home Center.

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.

Use DeckWise JOIST TAPE

Use DeckWise JOIST TAPE

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!

DeckWise JOIST TAPE

DeckWise JOIST TAPE

 

 

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.

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!