Do It Yourself (DIY) Patio Cover & Outdoor Living Projects

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J&W Lumber is more than just a provider of outdoor building materials; we’re a full-service resource. With that in mind, we’ve provided some installation tips for common DIY patio projects below. Check back often, as we’ll be adding more on a regular basis, and let us know if there’s a tip you’d like us to include.

Love Your Landscape

Get tips and ideas to reclaim your outdoor space. In Love Your Landscape, the experienced outdoor building pros at J&W Lumber share tips for making the most of your outdoor space with design ideas for creating a welcoming backyard and modern ways to light up your garden.

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Ultimate Fencing Guide: Design & Materials

Ultimate Fencing Guide

Your complete resource for selecting the right fence for your home. In the Ultimate Fencing Guide, our fencing design experts walk you through all the considerations you need to make before building a new fence, including how to determine your fence “priorities,” what functionality you need, and the best materials for the job.

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Garden Box 101: Everything You Need to Know

If you are new to garden boxes or have built a few, we’ve got the essentials guide for you. In Garden Box 101, you get tips on everything from what materials to use for your garden box, whether a garden box kit is the best option, where to place your garden box, and more.

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Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Whether you are getting your home ready to put on the market or are looking to make your home more inviting, there are a variety of projects that will revive or change the look of your home. In this guide, we take a look at several home improvement projects that will boost the curb appeal of your home.

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Lumber: A Starter Guide

Redwood, Cedar, Douglas Fir, architectural timbers, engineered wood products, pressure-treated lumber – with so many options, how do you pick the right lumber or wood product for your project? We’ve got you covered. In this starter guide, we cover the basics on the most popular lumber options and the fundamentals on each type of lumber.

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Backyard Design Essentials

Whether you have a smaller patio or an extensive backyard, there are several things you can do to turn it into a comfortable, outdoor oasis. In Backyard Design Essentials, we take a look at the main aspects of your space, like fencing, shade structures, and furniture, that can turn a piece of land into a welcoming outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing.

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Deck Planning 101

You’ve been dreaming about a beautiful deck, where you can spend time with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s time to make that dream a reality. In Deck Planning 101, our experts share the basics of building a new deck – including everything from how to determine the right design to suit your needs, the right materials to build your deck and how to maintain your deck once it’s built. Download your free copy today by clicking the button below.

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Tips to Create a Great Outdoor Space

Tips-for-Great-Outdoor-Spaces-TNWhether you are a do-it-yourself homeowner or a homeowner working with a contractor, there are various home and garden projects that can make your outdoor space great. In this guide, we provide tips on what to consider when starting outdoor projects, the most popular projects, the types of lumber and composites to use for projects, and tips for starting your garden – even if you don’t have a large yard. Download your free copy today by clicking the button below.

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Installing redwood decking

2×4 and 2×6 Redwood decking will span 24″ on center run perpendicular to joists, when run diagonally decrease joist spacing to 16″. Typical builders today will use 16″ O.C. for most applications just to assure no sponginess in the feel underfoot.

Leave 1/8″ spacing between boards and always predrill holes at the ends of the board to help prevent splitting. It is preferable to install boards with the bark side up (frown down) to help prevent grain lifting, but this is not mandatory. Typical installations will have the best looking face upwards.

J&W recommends installation with Hot Dip Galvanized (HDG) or Stainless Steel screws using two fasteners at each joist. Use fasteners long enough to penetrate into the joists at least 1 1/2″. This pattern will hold the board in place and help to further reduce any chance of cupping.

Installing Mangaris

Keep deck boards clean, covered and out of direct sunlight prior to installation and sealing.

Allow product to acclimate to the temperature and humidity on your jobsite for 4 to 7 days prior to installation.

Install Mangaris™ Diamond at least 12” to 16” above ground and allow sufficient ventilation underneath and to the sides. Airflow is vital to dimensional stability on all hardwood products. Do not enclose the lower section, use lattice panels to shield understructure if so desired.

Safe Handling

Installers should wear protective respiratory masks to avoid wood dust, wear gloves and eye protection to avoid allergic reactions. Avoid working in an enclosed area whenever possible and remove splinters promptly to avoid infection.

Cutting, End Sealing, Drilling

Carbide tipped saw blades and quality drill bits and countersinks are needed for working with Mangaris™ Diamond and all hardwoods. Choose a counter sink bit that is designed for use with the fastener you’ll be using. After end cutting Mangaris™ Diamond always seal fresh cut ends with a wax, J&W recommends “Anchorseal” to help prevent moisture “wicking”. End waxing will help prevent cupping, warping or splitting.

Span

Always consult your local building codes to assure you are complying with your local building codes. Generally speaking 1×4 and 1×6 can be installed on joists that are 16” on center. 5/4” and thicker boards can be installed on 24” O.C. but many builders prefer 16” O.C.

When installing deck boards on an angle reduce joist spacing to 12”. Consult local building codes for the final say.


Residential Installation Guidelines for MANGARIS™ DIAMOND and PREMIUM

Storage and Handling:

  • Keep your MANGARIS™ boards clean, dry and out of direct sunlight before installation and finishing.
  • Allow the material to acclimate and stabilize to the local climate (4-7 days) prior to installation.

Ventilation and Air Flow:

Allow adequate ventilation for proper air flow to reduce cupping potential.

Install a vapor barrier to cover ground for decks with less then 24” ground clearance.

  • Minimum recommended clearance is 12” with vapor barrier and proper ventilation.

Finishing:

  • Reduce moisture “wicking”. Seal all fresh cuts with Anchor Seal (liquid paraffin wax) available from Lumber Dealer.
  • We recommend finishing MANGARIS™ with deep penetrating oil, with ultraviolet inhibitors, on all four sides. A periodic light coat of finish will be required in order to maintain original color or allow to weather to a silver grey look (Read finishing instructions on can prior to coating)

Fasteners and Spacing:

  • MANGARIS™ deck boards are kiln dried. Unlike air dried boards shrinkage is very limited; however, excessive moisture may cause the boards to expand slightly.
  • Recommended spacing is ¼” for 5-1/2” deck boards and 3/16” for 3-1/2” boards. Also allow ¼” from any structures such as foundations or rail post.
  • Pre-drill Pilot holes ¾” from edges and ends and countersink for all screws using a minimum 2-1/2” #10 Fat head or Bugle head Stainless Steel screw. Coated deck screws may be used but could cause staining. Minimum screw penetration into joist of 1-1/2”.
  • Hidden fasteners. TATA approves the use of Tiger Claw TCG clip in conjunction with TATA’s factory Pre-Oiled and Pre-Grooved 5/4” board only. Not approved for 1×6.
  • When installing MANGARIS™ hardwood decking, as with many other wood products, we recommend the use of a protective respiratory mask, gloves and eye protection.
  • For technical or installation questions, call 1-866-901-DECK, 8AM – 5PM Pacific Time.

“Installation Alert”

MANGARIS™ DIAMOND (MERBAU) is one of the most durable rot resistant wood products in the world today due in part to a heavy amount of the natural chemical (Tannins) found in all wood species.

Even though it is these Tannins that contribute to a Class A Flame Spread, Rot resistance and termite resistance they may also bleed out when exposed to excessive moisture. For that reason, please use Caution when installing: Not recommended for second story applications or where there is the potential to stain surrounding areas, such as patio furniture or light colored exterior walls. If used in this application please make sure to thoroughly condition boards prior to installation by exposing to moisture until all signs of the red tannins have dissipated. Contact TATA Enterprises for additional information. (866-901-3325)