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I would be happy to answer any question reguarding the construction of decks, composites verses natural materials, structure support systems,railing applications,stair design, how to figure stairs etc.. Pretty much anything that has to do with decks and or porches.

Experience in the area

I have been in the construction industry for over 27 years including new home construction, custom deck and screen porches. Most of my expertise is from framing custom homes for over 20 years. I now own and opperate a very successful custom deck and screen porch company in Atlanta Ga.


High school graduate

What do you like about this subject?

I really enjoy working outdoors and designing decks and porches, especially when I see the customers reaction to what I've done.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I feel like I learn a new "trick" on every job. Although I feel like I have "mastered" the art of deck const. you can never know everything.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

When a deck falls off of a house, ( I'm sure we have all seen the news storys) 90% of the time it is due to a simple $20.00 piece of flashing that was never installed.

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2016-03-19 Hidden fasteners:

Hello if I was going back with pressure treated I wouldn't use hidden fasteners.  I would use screws from above. Unless you're putting down k dat  material chances are you'll have bad boards when it dries

2015-06-18 Wood posts:

Hello Tom Unless it's not acceptable in your situation you can sit the post above ground on a concrete pier and you shouldn't have any issues with rot. Thus not using a post base. There are only a few

2015-03-09 ventilation for steps:

Hello straight to the point. Ventalation? I don't think so also the risers should not be untreated. They need to be pressure treated also, you can still paint them white once there dried. Sounds like he's

2015-01-28 Porch tile:

Hello, I'm from the south, ga to be exact and not real familiar with frost heave however My main advice would be to make sure whatever you use is sealed very very well, any moisture that gets into the

2014-10-15 TimberTech decking vs. Genovations decking:

Hello I have installed timber tech but not heard of the lowes brand you mentioned, in my area all they have at lowes are trex and choice deck. With all the different ones on the market I have had the best


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