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What a Waterproofed Deck Should Look Like

dad on deck

dad on deck

Here is a photo of my dad on a deck at his house.

We just finished doing some maintenance on this and I wanted to show you what a perfectly waterproofed deck should look like.

Once you get your deck waterproofed you should be able to see the water drops pool up on it.

Check out the photo below, this is exactly what you should see when you spill a little water on a properly water proofed, cured, seasoned, decking material.

Isn’t that a pretty sight?

This deck sealant should last five years at least and possibly longer because we did everything right and took no shortcuts!

Read more about how to upgrade your deck with sealant and new furniture.

water pooling on deck

water pooling on deck


DIY Foundation Waterproofing

I came across this video on how to waterproof your foundation. I have to say they got it right. If you are needing this done and want to give it a go on your own, this is a great step-by-step tutorial.



If you want a simpler project check out the deck I waterproofed with my dad.


Build a Greenhouse that Lasts and won’t Leak

Greenhouse with Skylight

Greenhouse with Skylight

What reasons are there for planning to build a greenhouse? There are a variety of reasons why you might like to build a greenhouse for yourself. The primary reason is almost always to grow plants to use during the cold months.The main reason is to be able to have living plants during the cold part of the year. To begin with, it is actually much easier to raise small vegetables as opposed to larger ones. Simply by using a greenhouse, you’ll be able to give starter plants a better possibility of becoming full-grown as they grow in a more controlled temperature. One positive function of a greenhouse is the testing you can do. It’s really a pleasurable hobby dealing with different plants, and developing new varieties.

Choosing a sensible location for your greenhouse will be the first step to take once you know it is what you want. You have to locate it where it is going to receive a great deal of sunlight. The entire day sunlight would be best, but for plants, ideally they need morning hours sun. There are two reasons why you should face the long side of your greenhouse to the south. The more lengthy side of your greenhouse should face the south for two reasons. First is to have the angle of the roof is created to catch the rays of the sun in the greatest amount. A second reason is the fact that when you use a shade cloth you are only required to shade a single side and not both. To protect your greenhouse from afternoon sun, you can shield it with maple or oak trees. It is necessary to keep in mind, however, that these trees shouldn’t shade the greenhouse in the morning as the plants require morning sunlight.

It is crucial that you have a reliable water supply with regard to your greenhouse. This is often created by way of a standalone water system or by using a hose that can easily reach to the end of the greenhouse. In addition to the water source, you also need a drainage process. The straightforward way to get this done is to create the greenhouse on higher ground, so this way the irrigation water will drain away, and so will rainwater, or snow melt.

If you install skylights you will have the benefit of ventilation in the summer. Just be sure to do it properly as skylights are notorious for leaking around their seals. Don’t skimp on cheap materials or you will have leak issues for sure after just a few years of use.

There are a number of different good structural models that your new greenhouse can look like. One uncomplicated option is to construct a lean-to greenhouse on the side wall structure of your house or garage. This really is cost-effective, for the reason that one wall is presently built, but that wall needs to be facing in the right direction for the proper sunlight. A different one that is also reasonably priced is the Quonset hut. With their dome design, they usually are warmed up without difficulty. A third option would be the Gothic Arch greenhouse which is closely related to the Quonset style with just a few variants in shape and form.

After that, there is the Classic A-Frame, which have high, slanted sides, which causes them to be trickier to heat. A Modified A-Frame could possibly be the thing you need if you want the Classic A-Frame without having the steep roof. Barn-Style greenhouses have got straight walls, making good use of the area, and they look like a barn. The even-span greenhouse is a full-sized structure that hooks up to one end of an existing structure.