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A Deck Builder’s Review of IPE Wood for Decks and Patios

I have been building decks and patios for over ten years now, and so I’ve worked with just about every type of wood that grows on this green earth. Each species of wood has its own characteristics, and you’ll even find differences from batch to batch depending on where the wood was harvested, the age […]

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It May Be Smarter To Hire A Professional To Seal and Stain Your Deck

A wooden deck (or wooden patio) needs to be re-stained and sealed every few years, especially in San Diego where your deck gets hit with lots of heat and ozone from the sun. If you don’t take care of your deck, the sun could warp and age the wood, drastically decreasing the life of your […]

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Beautify Your Backyard Deck With A Container Garden

Here in San Diego, space is at a premium, which means many of us have to make due with a small backyard, or even no backyard at all! If you have the soul of a gardener begging to get out but lack the space to create the huge garden of your dreams, then consider building […]

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Fire Season Started Early In San Diego, Time To Cut Back Your Brush

Fire season got off to big and early start last month. A combination of dry vegetation, Santa Ana winds, and high temperatures ignited wildfires throughout in San Diego in May, which burned thousands of acres in Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Camp Pendleton. Unfortunately, over a dozen homes also succumbed to the […]

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Mom Deserves A Relaxing Day. Why Not Serve Her Brunch On Your Deck Or Patio?

Think about everything you put your poor mother through while growing up. If it was even half as bad as all the shenanigans I pulled, then you have a lot to make up for! Mother’s Day (May 11th!)is your opportunity to show your mother how much you appreciated all her care, tenderness and occasional tough […]

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Best-Rate Repair Participates In the 2014 San Diego EarthFair

We San Diegans tend to be an eco-friendly bunch. Maybe it has something to do with the constraints of living in a desert or from having so many beautiful landscapes near us, from the ocean, to the mountains.  Whatever the reason, it’s no surprise that the annual EarthFair that takes place in Balboa Park is […]

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Green Deck for St. Patrick’s Day?

This Monday, March 17th, we all get to be Irish for a day and celebrate with Irish beers and maybe even a few kisses from the right person! It’s all about the green on Monday, so you’d better be wearing something green if you want avoid pinches. All the anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day and […]

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Deck Barbeque in the Winter? Relish the Warmth in Southern California

For all of us here in San Diego and Orange County, let’s take a moment to respect all the folks around the country suffering through the bitter cold of a truly terrible winter. Please try to restrain yourselves from pointing out that you are currently wearing a t-shirt and shorts with the window open, have […]

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Fall In Love With Your Home All Over Again With A New Deck Or Patio

Have you ever had the experience of falling in love with someone or something all over again? Maybe your wife said something that surprised you, and you suddenly realized how beautiful and funny she was. Of course you already knew you loved her, but you suddenly saw her in a new way. The same thing […]

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The Vince Lombardi Method of Deck Repair

There is no substitute for work – Vince Lombardi Super Bowl XLVIII will soon be here, and as the hottest teams clash to make it to the big day, I find myself thinking about legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. Lombardi is considered by many to be the best coach in football history. Although Lombardi made […]

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