Enjoy the Night with Azek Deck Lighting


Azek Post Cap Light

Decks aren’t just for daytime anymore. With Azek deck lighting you can easily imagine yourself, feet up, watching the moon rise and the stars come out.  The only thing that may be stopping you are the questions that arise and details needed during any light installation. Easily find the answers you need at Azek lighting to make your nighttime deck dreams a reality.

Our customers commonly ask  how many lights can be installed with one Azek light transformer?  The 100 watt Azek transformer can handle up to 90 watts, to prevent overloading. Because Azek deck lighting utilizes LED bulbs, a single 100W transformer is sufficient for most lighting projects. The azek-light-fixture-watt-chartfixture wattage chart, provided by Azek, makes it a breeze to calculate how many lights per transformer you can install.  For example: when installing the Azek Post Cap Light, with a wattage of 4W, you can install up to 22 lights per transformer.  That question and many others will be answered with Azek’s straightforward and well designed installation guide. Azek Installation Guide

Offered in a variety of lighting designs and options, you are sure to create the ambiance you are looking for.  Azek lighting comes in 5 styles: Post Cap, Lighted Island Cap, Accent, Under Rail, Stair Riser and In-Deck, to suit any placement. The Azek dimmer accessory, with remote, also gives you the flexibility to adjust the lighting level.  Then, to take your options one step further, Azek lighting works with both Azek and TimberTech deck and railing products.

Make sure you are getting the most out of your deck, both day and night!  To see all Azek deck products, visit DIY Home Center.

Sure Drive Mantis Clips For Style and Speed

Are you searching for a stylish deck or considering a picture frame deck design? Sure Drive Mantis Clips have the tools you need to cover all of the details.  Starting with the first board, the Mantis starter clips guarantee a clean start.  The transition clips and finishing clips assure that you will have a custom made and designed deck.

sure-drive-mantisSure Drive Mantis Clips are compatible with brands such as MoistureShield and ChoiceDeck.  The Sure Drive Mantis TRX clip is made exclusive to fit and install Trex decking.  The versatility and reliability makes Sure Drive Mantis Clips a top choice when creating a fashionable deck space.


Sure Drive Mantis Installation Tool

DIYers get ready to install like a pro! The Mantis Installation Tool is the key to installing your deck up to 80% faster.  With the Sure Drive Mantis Eliminator RCS Pneumatic installation tool,  the EZ Slide attachment holds the clip in place.  All you have to do is, put the clip in, push forward and install.  The magnetic tip of the installation gun means no more dropping clips. Clips will be magnetically held in place until you are ready to install.  All Mantis clips, including the popular Mantis Clip 396, are made to fit the installation tool.

If you are looking for the right tools to speed up the installation of your deck, check out this video to see just how easy the Sure Drive Mantis Tool is to use when installing your deck.

Got to DIY Home Center to see all Sure Drive USA products for a fast deck installation with ease.


TimberTech RadianceRail – Tips you can’t miss!

TimberTech Radiance Rail

TimberTech Radiance Rail

The TimberTech Radiance Rail is a much sought after deck railing, known for it’s  stylish and sophisticated design.  Of all railing designs, RadianceRail is the top selling railing style offered by TimberTech.  RadianceRail is offered in 6 colors along with standard and custom rail kits.  This gives DIYers and pro builders a variety of options and styles, to create a distinct look that reflects the personal style of any homeowner.

Along with RadianceRail, TimberTech also offers a more cost effective alternative, the RadianceRail Express.  A little know fact is RadianceRail can work in conjunction with RadianceRail Express.  The benefits of the combined systems are two fold, cost savings and a sleek style.

TimberTech RadianceRail Express

TimberTech RadianceRail Express

Tip #1: You can lower the cost of  your railing by using the RadianceRail Express post sleeve, post cap and post skirt along with the custom RadianceRail rails and balusters.

Tip #2: For those of you who have a smaller deck space, using the RadianceRail Express post sleeve, which is 4″, in place of the RadianceRail 5″ post sleeve, allows for a more sleek look and a more balanced deck design.

If you are in the market for a new deck railing and want a stylish yet cost effective way to make your railing a reality, this is the answer!  Go to DIY Home Center to combine the TimberTech RadianceRail and TimberTech RadianceRail Express to create a deck that is just right for you.  Check out all of TimberTech decking options from hidden deck fasteners to deck lighting.


The Best Time to Apply Penofin Deck Stain

As the high heat and humidity of summer retreats, conditions become perfect to stain and/or clean your wood and concrete. When it comes to this important job which preserves the quality of key elements of your outdoor space like decks, patios and walkways, there is none better than Penofin.

Penofin Blue Label Exterior Penetrating Oil Finish

Penofin deck stains, with their revolutionary formula, penetrate deep into the wood’s surface, coating the individual fibers of the wood and allowing moisture to pass in and out. All Penofin stains contain Brazilian Rosewood Oil, which is a strong, flexible, water and mildew resistant oil that is sustainably harvested from the seeds of the Brazilian Rosewood tree (no trees are cut for production). Rosewood oil allows wood to retain its flexibility and creates no surface film.

Many times, we get questions about when to apply Penofin stain to surfaces. Generally speaking, you should not apply Penofin outdoors at temperatures under 45 degrees or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb is to trust your own temperature gauge. If you put your hand on the wood and it’s uncomfortably hot, then it is too hot to apply Penofin. The product may flash (like oil in a hot pan) and dry on the surface, which will eventually cause darkening and the coat will chip and peel. If your nose is cold, it’s too cold to apply Penofin. The product will not penetrate the wood as efficiently at colder temperatures and the application will not last as long. The cooler temperatures of fall provide an ideal temperature range for any Penofin application. As for rain, ideally you should apply Penofin 24 hours after rain when there is no chance for more rain in the proceeding 24 hours.

With Penofin stain, you will never see cracking, bubbling or peeling. In fact, you will never need to strip or sand again! Simply clean the wood thoroughly, let dry and apply a light coat to any areas of the wood that may show wear and tear….it will easily blend in with the rest of the application. Furthermore, Penofin contains superior ultraviolet protection, which virtually eliminates fading due to sunlight. For instance, Blue Label Penofin has 90% ultraviolet protection from transoxide pigments.

DIY Home Center carries a wide range of Penofin stain applications – Wood Prep, Exterior Wood, Interior Wood, Composite Wood, Concrete and Marine – from the Blue, Red, Gold and Green labels in quarts, gallons and five gallons.

LED Deck Lighting Kits for Style, Safety

Deckorators Recessed Lighting Kit - Pack of 8

Deckorators Recessed Lighting Kit – Pack of 8

When the sun sets and the day fades into darkness, what do you do to see on your deck? Have you considered LED deck lighting? Not only do LEDs bring style and sophistication to deck stairs, but they serve a very useful purpose of guiding your steps in what could be a dangerous situation. Besides stairs, LED deck lighting kits are excellent for highlighting deck features like hot tubs, fountains, built-in benches and statues. Moreover, LEDs use far less electricity than other forms of electricity-based deck lighting, saving you money.

Our new Deckorators Recessed Lighting Kits feature compact, ultra-bright, low-volt LEDs that make decks more aesthetically pleasing and accessible after dusk. Ideal for building into stairs, step-downs, doorways and wherever else ambient lighting is desired, these lights come 8 to a package with transformer and light sensor included.

Here, we have an outdoor deck lighting installation video from Deckorators, the leader in deck railing accessories. Watch this Deckorators Low Voltage Deck Light Kit Installation and see how easy it is to create an inviting environment for your decks!

FastenMaster ThruLOK Deck Fastners for Strong Through Bolt Connections

Whether you are a homeowner or a contractor, you demand quality products to complete a project faster, easier and stronger. FastenMaster offers quality materials for a variety of projects, including composite deck screws,  exterior wood screws, engineered wood fasteners, heavy duty wood screws, ledger board fasteners and stainless-steel trim screws.

FastenMaster Thrulok Fastener 24 Pack

FastenMaster Thrulok Fastener 24 Pack

ThruLOK is the newest addition to the FastenMaster LOK Line of structural wood-to-wood fasteners. With a three-part assembly including a ThruLOK fastener featuring the patent-pending Paddle Point™, engineered washer, and LOK-Nut, ThruLOK offers the speed of a LOK Line Product and the strength of through bolt connections.

This new fastener comes in specific lengths that allow contractors to replace their 1⁄2″ carriage and through-bolts in three primary deck applications: 6 1⁄4″ fastener – Single 2x to 4x Decking Posts, 7″ fastener – Notched 6x Carrying Beams, and 8″ fastener – Double 2x to Single 4x Decking Posts. There is no drill bits or wrenched required and installs with an 18 volt cordless drill. Moreover, their galvanized coating meets IRC ACQ corrosion requirement and there is a lifetime performance guarantee.

To install FastenMaster ThruLOK, simply put the ThruLOK-Washer on the ThruLOK screw with the teeth of the washer facing away from the head of the fastener. Using a 1⁄2″ high torque variable speed drill (18V if cordless), drive the ThruLOK until washer and hex head are just above the wood surface (approx 1⁄4″) and point of screw protrudes out other side of connection. Thread the ThruLOK-Nut onto point of fastener and tighten the nut by hand until flush with wood. Finally, tighten screw with drill and repeat to match code-compliant fastening pattern.

Build with confidence and get the job done right with new ThruLOK Fasteners from DIY Home Center.

Reclaim the Unused Area Under Your Deck with Under-Deck!

Look under your deck. What do you see? The spectral thorn forest in Sleeping Beauty? Patches of grass struggling to grow amongst dirt patches? Unidentifiable insects scurrying about? Why not turn that space into livable area with an UnderDeck Deck Drainage System? UnderDeck is a unique deck drainage system that easily turns that unused, wasted area under elevated decks into pleasant, livable space.

As a homeowner, UnderDeck gives you the option to relax under your deck in any weather, enjoying the outdoors, making use of space that was previously wasted with an under-deck ceiling. As a contractor, you know that suggesting an UnderDeck Deck Drainage System to immediately add usable square footage to your clients’ property will be a well-recieved benefit.  The system, available in tan or white color options, can be installed to any new or existing elevated deck, and with UnderDeck’s simple installation, it’s easy enough to be installed by a homeowner as well as tough enough to be appreciated by contractors.


A beautiful UnderDeck installation

The patented design provides easy access to the joist space without disturbing other panels and allows for addition of ceiling fans, lights and porch swings. Furthermore, its arched panels in the joist space maximizes the existing deck’s height. Under Deck is also the only system that is removable after installation. It can easily be taken down and put back up to work on your deck. There is no other similar product that offers this feature.

On our website, you can use our Under-deck estimator to calculate and order a kit. Simply select the depth and width of your deck and your joist spacing and select ‘Calculate Kit’.

With DIY Home Center, you can order with confidence. DIY Home Center works direct with the manufacturer!

Penofin Penetrating Oil Finishes & Wood Stains

Penofin Oil Finish & Wood Stain

DIY Home Center is pleased to announce that we’ve added Penofin Penetrating Oil Finishes and Wood Stains to our collection of fine products.  Unlike other stains on the market, Penofin is formulated to penetrate deep into the woods surface, coating the individual fibers of the wood. This permits moisture to pass in and of the wood, allowing the wood to breathe.

We know you don’t cut corners on your wood projects, so you’ll be reassured to know that Penofin uses the best, safest raw materials available without compromise. Penofin exterior finishes were formulated to safeguard the natural beauty of wood and to prevent discoloration from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Penofin also resists and retards bleeding caused by nails. Two key ingredients contribute to Penofin’s exceptional abilities:

  • Brazilian Rosewood Oil provides tough, deep down moisture protection while still allowing the wood to “breathe.” There’s no surface film to trap moisture, chip, or peel. The oil is sustainably harvested from the seeds of the Brazilian Rosewood tree; no trees are ever cut to produce this oil.
  • Microscopically fine, transoxide pigments inhibit ultraviolet damage and darkening. They add deep, rich color without hiding the natural beauty of the grain.

By precisely combining these and other ingredients, Penofin is able to offer a line of transparent oil wood finishes unmatched in durability and beauty.

DIY Home Center now carries Penofin’s wide range of applications – Wood Prep, Exterior Wood, Interior Wood, Composite Wood, Concrete and Marine – in  quarts, gallons and five gallons for any size home improvement project.

A Penofin application is easy to maintain when applied according to directions. You will never see a surface film when using Penofin, nor will you ever see cracking, bubbling or peeling. You will never need to strip or sand again: Simply clean the wood thoroughly, let dry and apply a light coat to any areas of the wood that may show wear and tear. It will easily blend in with the rest of the application.

Trust your wood projects to the quality of Penofin, available in a pleasing range of rich colors from DIY Home Center!

FastenMaster’s LedgerLok Speeds Deck Assembly

If you’re looking to speed up your deck production, look no further than FastenMaster’s LedgerLok ledger-board screws.

FastenMaster LedgerLok Ledger Board Fasteners

FastenMaster LedgerLok Ledger Board Fasteners: Faster, Easier, Stronger

FastenMaster LedgerLok is designed to quickly and securely attach the deck’s ledger board to the house’s rim joist, with no pre-drilling or impact wrench required. The sharp gimlet point that eliminates pre-drilling allows you to install the fasteners with a single tool: A 14.4-volt cordless drill or better is recommended. The LedgerLok built-in washer head means no dealing with additional washers, and has the added advantage of preventing over-driving of the screw.

The screws, available is in 3 5/8-inch and 5-inch lengths, undergo a proprietary three-step coating process for guaranteed corrosion protection and are ACQ approved. LedgerLok boasts stronger design shear values than 1/2″ lags and super-size threads that grab hard into joists.

The increased production made possible by LedgerLok will enhance your bottom line, and the finished project will please your customers. That’s a definite win-win situation. And to sweeten the deal even further, a free 5/16-inch driver is included in every package.

DIY Home Center is pleased to carry FastenMaster Deck Screws & Fasteners to help you complete your deck projects “Faster, Easier, Stronger”.

Post Caps Cap Off This Deck Beautifully

Tiffany-Style Glass Dragonfly Garden Post Cap, photo courtesy of Marilyn Pearson

The finishing touches can be the most important elements of a project: Setting the tone, creating a lasting impression, and making your project truly special. When finishing off your deck, don’t overlook these important details. Carefully chosen accessories can transform a nice deck into a real standout, and this is certainly true in Marilyn’s case.

We were so pleased when DIY Home Center customer Marilyn Pearson shared her beautiful deck photos with us, featuring Tiffany-Style Glass Dragonfly Garden Post Caps from the Outdoor Essentials collection!  We hope that her results will inspire you, too.

I would like to thank DIY Home Center for their prompt response to my order for the Tiffany style dragonfly post caps.  They were packaged very carefully and arrived quickly after ordering. The post caps  were a beautiful addition to easily complete the look of our newly installed deck railing, and they really make a style statement.  I especially like that they are glass, and not cheap plastic. The post caps are a perfect final touch, and we have received many compliments relative to these beautiful post caps. I look forward to doing more business with DIY.

Marilyn Pearson, Rochester, MI

Thank you, Marilyn, for taking the time to share with us, and for choosing DIY Home Center!

Tip: If you’re admiring Marilyn’s stylish balusters, DIY Home Center now carries the Deckorators line, including Deckorators Scenic Glass balusters.


Do you have a project you’d like to share? E-mail us at customerservice@diyhomecenter.com — we’d love to hear from you and see your results.