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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


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  • Builders as Bankers

    All that separates you from the job is a home-improvement loan for your prospective customers. But what if you could make that happen with a mobile app that promises paperless, on-the-spot loans? That's the pitch from a company called GreenSky, which says its consumer loans typically come at better...

  • Attracting High-End Customers

    High-end clients are where the money is, so how do you go about getting more of them as customers? In this "PowerTipsTv" video posted at Remodelers Advantage, Victoria Downing shares a few ideas for increasing revenues and improving profitability.

  • What To Do 'When Yelp Attacks'

    A negative review on Yelp, the online rating site, can have big consequences for your bottom line. This tip sheet from Inc. offers some pointers on how to guard your reputation, how to respond when a cranky customer wants to go public, and how to encourage more positive online reviews.

  • Marine Construction Guide Available

    If your business includes construction of docks, piers, and other structures around fresh water or salt water, you might want to download the 2014 edition of the Marine Construction Guide from the Southern Forest Products Association. The guide includes preservative specs for different applications...

  • Tips on Running Your Business

    Victoria Downing, a writer for Remodeling magazine and the author of several books on remodeling, offers online advice in her PowerTips series. In this episode, Downing dives into a question that just about everybody in the business asks at one time or another: Are you paying yourself enough?

  • Modular LivingHome on the Web

    Professional Deck Builder publisher Hanley Wood has launched a website for a modular green house designed to save energy and water and enhance indoor environmental quality. The house will be on display at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo later this month in New Orleans, and then...

  • These posts and rails are made of treated southern yellow pine, while the balusters are aluminum. Note the post-mounted built-in deck lighting, a great upgrade for dining after dark.

    Custom Railings

    While rail kits are popular, some deck builders prefer to distinguish their projects with custom site-built railing designs.

  • New Pavers From Pine Hall Brick Co.

    The Esplanade and Beale Street lines add even more options to an already extensive paver menu

  • Vinyl, Composite, and PVC Fencing

    Improved quality and durability has fueled demand for fencing that’s not made of wood

  • A Tall Deck in Earthquake Country

    A steel moment frame and plenty of lateral reinforcement were the keys to resisting seismic forces

  • Azek Standard and Resurfacing Pavers

    New versions offer more design possibilities

  • Buzon Adjustable Screwjack Pedestals

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

  • Composite Decking Maintenance

    Regular cleaning and sealing will keep composite decking looking like new

  • Safety Is Not a Casual Thing

    If you sometimes feel that on-the-job accidents are what happen to other people, watching this video might change your mind.

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    Building a Curved Portico

    Asked to build a semi-circular roof over a front porch and don't know how? Don't sweat it. Mike Sloggatt has worked out the details. Here's a hint: A full-size drawing and cutting board are a big help.