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Mdo?

I read MDO as medium density overlay, more comonly called "sign board" This is a smooth finished plywood type product with a skin sort of like paper. Might you have meant MDF? Medium density...
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Obviously here in Michigan, we get a lot colder...

Obviously here in Michigan, we get a lot colder winters. If you place a ice cube tray filled with water outside in January, you'll have ice soon. Build a fully insulated cabinet around that tray...
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How lumber yard discounts work

ABC homebuilders buy about $1 million a year from XYZ lumber yard. Anything and everything possible, (lumber, doors, windows, trim, decks etc) he buys from that lumberyard and tries to change the...
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Lefty, I know most composites are subject to...

Lefty,

I know most composites are subject to scratching and gouging, but I cannot mark them with my fingernail like I can with Trex. It generally takes a key or something metal to mark other...
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The original Trex had problems. Per...

The original Trex had problems. Per specifications published by Trex, specifically the 24 hr soak test, it absorbed more water than any other product. Per the same specifications, it had a higher...
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agree with lefty on one item, not the other

Left is right. IPE needs ventilation. Otherwise, it will "move" which includes cupping or warping. You should have a foot or so free air movement under the decking.

On the span issue, I will...
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how to get paint off

thick, "aligator" paint" , chips, etc can be removed with a heat gun. They are relatively cheap. I remember using a torch many years ago, but that is a good way to burn down the house. a heat gun...
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simple rules

While that website did give you the dimensions, there was a lot of other stuff you didn't need and may have confused you.

For all "two by" (2x) the thickness is 1-1/2"

Widths are as follows 2,...
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There is another source for cable, fittings etc,...

There is another source for cable, fittings etc, but you won't like their prices either. Go to a marine store that carries sailboat parts. Swages and fittings are mostly the same, but since they...
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Go to a lumber yard. You can tell a lumber yard...

Go to a lumber yard. You can tell a lumber yard because there are contractor trucks parked out front. There are generally no shopping carts and they don't sell ceiling fans, dishwashing detergent,...
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I now of two products on the market, (there may...

I now of two products on the market, (there may be more) Check out "Underdeck" and "Dry space". Do a google search on them to find out where, etc. Be prepared to spend a few bucks on them.
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To get maximum protection and life from a sealer,...

To get maximum protection and life from a sealer, it must penetrate the wood. IPE is way hard to a sealer to penetrate, so give it a little help. If the IPE you buy is been sitting in the yard very...
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You can do your own comparison easily

Consumer Reports did a comparison last year but did not say much about what was tested. Uncharacteristic of CR, they pretty much said most products were good. Relying on your neighbor's experience...
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Lumber yard is giving good advice

It's not a good idea. PT wood will shrink away from the EBTYs and they may not hold the wood. When the PT wood warps (and it will), the boards will likely lift up and be loose.

Even if you plan...
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Do not put any material (wood or composite) over plywood

Even with felt in between, the water will stay on the deck, cause mildew, rot, and you-name-it. Unless you completely close the porch in from wind, rain and snow you will have a problem.

If you...
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Yes, definitely don't put it over old deck

To get the nails out, go to a hardware store and get a nail extractor. They sell big a little ones. Get a big one. It sorta looks like a small crow bar with a rounded heel. There is a nail head...
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More on IPE splinters

There is a large boardwalk in Atlantic City, which gets thousands of tourists, motorized carts, roller blades and you-name-it abuse on a daily basis. In addition to all the traffic, a little pond of...
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Curious about splinters. There is a deck/ steps...

Curious about splinters. There is a deck/ steps where I work made of IPE. Yard guys tramp in and out with muddy/sandy feet year round. The deck has been there for 3 yrs and the steps don't even...
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article

here is a website with non-product oriented advice on how to compare decking. Although a product is mentioned in the opening paragraph, the article does not compare actual products. Rather, it...
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Name Of Company...

HomeTops in Green Bay, tel # 866-woodpeg or 866-966-3734. I'm looking at some information and woods they make plugs from include ipe, mahogany, black locust, white oak, purple heart and teak. Not...
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any professional lumber yard will have them or...

any professional lumber yard will have them or can get them readilly. by professional lumber yard i mean a company where most large homebuilders go to. go to some place where they are building...
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there is a company that makes a doweled connector...

there is a company that makes a doweled connector similar to that used on high end furniture. i saw it at a national deck exposition. (Deckexpo) it is three stepped with ridges on each step. you...
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where in indiana?

Weekes forest products distributes in Michigan but I am not sure about Indiana. I'll call them tomorow and find out which IN cities and any dealers they sell to. You won't be able to buy direct...
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they have you by the ....

short hairs. funny thing about local building inspectors. power goes to their heads and they think they are infallable. you already went to court and i suppose you must have incurred legal fees. ...
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I would think the 1/2" would be fine, but...

I would think the 1/2" would be fine, but checking with your local building inspector would be your best bet. Whatever you do, make sure the bolt is hot-dipped galvenized, not plain steel. Treated...
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