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 gallon can of DeckWise WiseCoat

1. What is DeckWise WiseCoat?

DeckWise WiseCoat is a premium hardwood deck, siding and fence waterproofing sealer that is non-toxic and low 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.

DeckWise Deck Board Straightener

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.

Ipe Clip Hidden Deck Fasteners Review


There are many reasons why DeckWise Ipe Clips have become a contractor and do-it-yourselfer favorite: strength and reliability along with fast and easy installation.

Here are a few more reasons why DeckWise Ipe Clip Hidden Fasteners are the right choice for your project. To start, Deckwise Ipe Clips are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and package quantities. Great for any project small or large, they also come in contractor buckets.

Ipe Clips come in 4 different types, each clip comes in 3 colors. See the chart below to determine which Ipe clip is best for your deck. It’s important to pay close attention to the deck material that you are using, as well as your preferred deck board spacing.

Deckwise Ipe Clips Option Details
Extreme Ipe Clips 3/32″ or 2, 4 mm gap spacing

Recommended for use with Air Dried Decking

Hardened stainless steel insert

Made from UV & chemical resistant glass filled polypropylene

Square shape provides more surface contact for holding power

Extreme4 Ipe Clips 5/32″ or 4 mm gap spacing

Recommended for use with Kiln Dried, Composite, PVC Decking

Hardened stainless steel insert

Made from UV & chemical resistant polyethylene

Versatile leg for maximum compatibility with decking materials

ExtremeKD Ipe Clips 1/4″ or 6, 4 mm gap spacing

Recommended for use with Kiln Dried, Composite, PVC Decking

Hardened stainless steel insert

Made from UV & chemical resistant polyethylene

Hollow leg is ideal for expansion of kiln dried decking materials

Standard Ipe Clips 3/32″ or 2, 4 mm gap spacing

Recommended for use with Air Dried Decking

No stainless steel insert

Made from UV & chemical resistant glass filled polypropylene

Fiberglass reinforced polypropylene for a stronger all-plastic fastener

 

When choosing between the Extreme4 or ExtremeKD clip for a composite deck, the primary difference is the gap spacing. If you are looking for a more narrow gap spacing, the Extreme4 Ipe Clip is the best option. It is also important to look at the installation instructions and product warranty of your decking. Each decking manufacturer has their own specifications.

In addition to this Ipe Clip Hidden Deck Fastener Review, get all of your questions answered with these common Deckwise questions.

DeckWise Cable Railing – Shop WiseRail at DIY Home Center


Deckwise WiseRail cable railing with lake view

DIY Home Center is delighted to announce the addition of DeckWise WiseRail products to our ever-expanding selection of deck products. We feel that the quality workmanship in DeckWise products makes them a good fit for our customers and our commitment to only offering the best decking products available on the market today.

About DeckWise WiseRail
DeckWise WiseRail helps you create a sleek, secure barrier between the wooden posts on your deck. They can be used on stairs as well. This product features a stainless steel cable fitted with two anchors, one at each end. The anchors can either be screwed into a wooden post or secured using a bolt and washer set. Accessories, such as mounting tabs, cable cutters and other installation tools may be ordered separately. DeckWise WiseRail decking cables are available in three different styles and in lengths from 5′ to 50′. Stair cables are available for lengths between 5′ and 20′.

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Benefits of Cable Railings
There are many good reasons to choose cable railing over wooden rails. For one thing, they are much less intrusive and will make your deck appear larger and more open. Cable railings won’t obstruct your view as wooden spindles do, allowing you to fully enjoy that water, woods or city view. In addition, stainless steel cable railings require very little maintenance, unlike wood that has to be sealed or stained every few years. Cable railings are also versatile and adapt to most every architectural and design style, including use as an interior railing. They can be installed either horizontally or vertically. Of course, stainless steel cables also add value to your home when it comes time to put your property on the market. Since cable rails are very durable, the new homeowner knows that he or she won’t have to replace them for years to come.

Where to Buy DeckWise WiseRail Products
For more information about how to create the deck of your dreams or to order quality DeckWise WiseRail cable railings for your next decking project, visit DIY Home Center today.

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!