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Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 9- All The Trimmings and Project Totals

24 Oct , 2014  

Finished-deck

Really see the difference in species of deck boards. Pressure treated on left and faded Cedar on the right.

It’s been a few weeks, so I thought it would be a good time for an update of the Epic DIY Deck Project.

In video, I show how a simple deck board is used to frame in the outside of the deck, plus I point out another one of my finds and mention how much the project costed.

I have a few more ideas in mind, like a multi-stair landing, that leads down to the lake, but that’s for next year.

A big thanks for watching, leaving constructive comments and suggestions.

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Buildings and Renovations

Shop Local for Better Prices on Nuts and Bolts

3 Oct , 2014  

langley-BC-Fastener-store-pic This is a plug for a local business that gave me some good advice and the prices were impressive. I didn’t get anything free, but I didn’t get gorged either. I don’t mind pay more for a better product, but nothing is worse than paying more a product (and think you got a good deal!) then find it somewhere else much cheaper. For example, I went to the big orange store and purchased (4) 1/2″ x 7″ hot dip galvanized, bolts for $4.69 each. The store only had four bolts in-stock and I took the last of them. The next day, I was talking to a neighbour about what I paid (at that time, I thought it was a good deal) and they said to check out BC Fastener and Tools (2000) Ltd. I dropped by the store nearest to my work and found the same bolt, manufacturer and size for $1.16! Wow! that was a difference of $3.53! That’s a huge saving, especially when I had to buy 13 more bolts. (13) x $4.69= $60.97 or (13) x $1.16= $15.08 That is a big difference!

It might sound petty to some people, but the $45.89 in savings, could go towards amping up the  deck project with some finishing touches. For example, add more boards to the stairs, LED lights on the railing or put the money towards another project.

It all adds up, shop around before you start a project.

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