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Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

Proper preparation of the subsoil, base, and bedding layers will keep a hardscape looking great for years

 

Hardscaping Articles

  • Buzon Adjustable Screwjack Pedestals

    Made from 80% recycled polypropylene, these pedestals are designed to support decks, terraces, and other surfaces

     
  • UFP Launches New Website

    Latitudes composite decking and railing has launched a new website that can be viewed from a range of devices, from smartphones to desktop computers. Universal Forest Products says the revised website makes it easier to navigate the full product line and puts more emphasis on a photo gallery.

     
  • Installing a Deck Drainage System

    If you've ever wondered what it's like to install an under-deck drainage system, watch Matt Risinger's video of the installation of Trex RainEscape on an unroofed 20-by-20-foot deck. The drainage system allowed for a finished ceiling under the deck.

     
  • Ambulance Gets a Second Life

    Phil Herzegovitch has owned all sorts of vehicles for his remodeling business, including pickups, a panel van, and a school bus. But the most versatile of them all might be a 1993 retired ambulance he bought for $1,800, as this Tools of the Trade feature explains.

     
  • Outdoor Living Spaces Remain Popular

    Outdoor spaces are no flash in the pan. Judges for a recent National Association of Home Builders design competition said outdoor spaces are an "essential design trend" nationally and at the top of many must-have lists for both home buyers and renters, The Tennessean reports.

     
  • Deck Addition Payback

    Adding a basic pressure-treated wood deck cost an average of $9,539 nationally and returned more than 87% of that on the resale of the house, according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value survey. A composite deck was roughly $6,000 more costly, but returned a lower percentage, 74%, at resale. See...

     
  • Installing Low-Voltage Wiring

    After scrambling to find someone to install low-voltage wiring on his jobs more often than he liked, contractor Victor Rasilla decided he'd learn how to do it himself. He found the tools and skills weren't out of reach. Here are the tools he keeps in his toolbox to get the job done.

     
  • Think Twice About Drone Flights

    Sending up a camera-armed drone is an effective way of getting a bird's eye view of progress on the job. But as the operation of drones becomes more commonplace, Forbes contributor John Goglia offers a few words of caution about the commercial use of these unmanned aircraft.

     
  • Installing a Deck Ledger Over Exterior Foam

    More builders than ever are installing rigid foam insulation on exterior walls, improving energy efficiency but complicating the installation of a deck ledger. Fine Homebuilding's Justin Fink explains how to handle this important structural challenge.

     
  • Scuppers and Drains for Waterproof Decks

    Bill Leys has seen his share of rotten decks, and a common trouble spot is where drains and scuppers penetrate deck surfaces. Leys writes about how to avoid the problems in this Troubleshooting column from The Journal of Light Construction.

     
  • Composite Decking Maintenance

    Regular cleaning and sealing will keep composite decking looking like new

     
  • TimberHex Landscape Screws

    Screw Products says its TimberHex timber truss and landscape screws range in size from #14x4 inches to #17x11 inches. Screws are available in black and gray and are made from heat-treated, hardened steel.

     
  • Why You Should Incorporate

    If you're running a small business and trying to decide whether to form a corporation or an LLC, have a look at this article from Small Business Trends. The advantages to incorporation are many.

     
  • Should Remodelers Boycott Angie's List?

    Angie's List, the online portal for business reviews, had a rough year: net losses of $33 million in 2013. Remodeling wants to know whether pros should help drive the company under by boycotting it. Use this link to put in your two cents or read what other pros are saying about it.

     
  • Shovel Decks or Not?

    This winter's higher-than-normal snowfall has probably got more than a few people wondering whether they should be shoveling off their decks to avoid damage. Find that answer and other winter decking tips at this blog.