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Learn how to make solar post cap lights brighter easily with UItra Bright Solar Post Caps

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
Make Your Solar Post Cap Lights Brighter

Ultra Bright Solar Lights make adjusting your solar deck lights simple

Environmentally friendly, cost-effective and easy-to-install; Solar Deck Lighting is a brilliant way to add illumination to your family's outdoor space while keeping your electricity bill low and avoiding pesky wiring. With Solar Deck Lighting such as Solar Post Cap Lights, simply remove the fixture from its packaging, remove the plastic tab protecting the included battery, and let the light of the sun charge the piece throughout the day for light throughout the night.

But what do you do when you wish your deck lighting was a little brighter for family fun or a little dimmer for romantic dinners on the deck? With Ultra Bright Solar Caps there's no worry, as you can control the level of brightness and even color you want in seconds and with zero damage done to your post cap or deck!


DecksDirect Pro Tip:

To increase the brightness of your Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights, or change the light color from white, to amber, or even blue; simply add a few more magnets to the solar panel top until you've reached the lighting level and/or color that you want.

Simply set your included magnets on top of the Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Light panel and move until reaching the brightness and color setting that you prefer

Gain complete control over your deck lighting design while keeping the energy bill with Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights. Giving you the hands-on ability to easily create the outdoor light color atmosphere, set the correct brightness for the mood of your deck party, and even turn off your solar lights as you need; Ultra Bright Solar Caps put you in charge of your outdoor entertaining space without the extra work or cost or wired lighting.

In a dark space, simply hold the included magnets over the top of the Ultra Bright solar panel, and then lightly slide the magnet both upwards and downwards as well as to the right and left. By doing this, you'll notice the Solar Post Cap Light changing from color shade to color shade and brightness level respectively. Once you've chosen the settings that perfect for your backyard space, increase the brightness level by adding a few small magnets of your own to the panel as well.

To watch exactly how it works, check out this video below:

 

Get your deck, porch or patio winter-season ready with easy-to-install Solar Deck Lighting! Have a few questions before ordering? Give one of our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We would love to help you find the exact products your outdoor space needs to be the life of the party all year round!

Add delicate touches of illumination or brighten up an entire multi-level deck with Ultra Bright Solar Post Cap Lights

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What deck post screws do I need to install my deck posts?

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
What structural screw do I use for my deck posts?

from cedar deck boards to concrete, choose your screw

A common customer question we get here at DecksDirect is, "Do the screws come with the deck railing post?" and if not, "What screws do I need for my posts?"

Deck railing manufacturers generally don't include lagging screws or bolts along with their deck posts simply because it varies from customer to customer what material the deck posts will be mounted upon. Some builders are attaching their deck or structural posts directly to an organic lumber choice like cedar or pressure-treated pine, while others are working on their brick rooftop terraces or concrete backyard patios. To reduce material waste and keep prices low, manufacturers encourage customers to choose fasteners based upon their individual decks and spaces.

But that still leaves the question: "What screws do I need for my deck posts?"


DecksDirect Pro Tip:

A general rule of thumb when it comes to selecting structural screws for your deck railing posts is:
when mounting on standard wood or composite decking, choose a 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw,
when attaching your deck posts to concrete or stone, use a Caliburn XL Concrete Screw.

The 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw by GRK is made from Climatek coated steel and works perfect with wood and composite decking of any brand

A must-have in every professional contractors' toolbox and a DIY fan favorite; the 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw by GRK Fasteners are one of the major workhorse items of the deck screw industry. With a Torx drive and round washer head, the 5/16 Inch Rugged Structural Screw provides serious hold in a compact screw. Crafted from Climatek® coated hardened steel, the 5/16 Inch RSS is the perfect size to fit into pre-drilled hardware openings such as those in post base plates, hinges, connectors plates and more!

Offered in various pack sizes to perfectly accommodate a deck of nearly any size, use the Size #30 Driver Bit to create the perfect pilot hole every time. Ideal for mounting your deck posts on all kinds of wood decking from natural, to pressure-treated, hardwoods and composite; reach for the 5/16 Inch RSS by GRK.

Perfect for deck railing along retaining walls, patio concrete slabs, brick balconies and more, the Caliburn XL Concrete Screws have serious holding power

The Caliburn XL Concrete Screws by GRK Fasteners is the go-to structural screw when working with any kind of stone, concrete or masonry type of project. With an XL washer head, Torx drive type and a corrosion-resistant Climatek® coating, the case hardened steel of the Caliburn XL Screws provides incredible staying power in tough materials. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the Caliburn XL Concrete Screws should be pre-drilled for via a 1/4 Inch Concrete Drill Bit for solid strength that keep your stone or concrete material looking great.

The more you know, the better your backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a new deck build or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We'll help you get the information, products and tool syou need for a superb job done right the first time!

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Real People, Real Service

Nov 01, 2019 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie

Get to know the people and personalities behind the DecksDirect website

Meet the DD Team: Chris

the real life people behind the decksdirect site

Every day at DecksDirect is a whole new adventure, and we couldn't be happier about the crew that we get to experience it with! We're a big group of goofballs who have a passion for two things: building awesome outdoor spaces and having a good time! Sometimes we mix the two together.

DecksDirect only hires smart, creative, and good-natured people to join our team; and it shows throughout our office. With great attitudes, tons of deck and building knowledge, and a desire to truly help our customers create the backyard looks they've always wanted; meet the legends behind the phones, screens, and products of DecksDirect.

Chris

The man behind the movies, Chris is our resident DecksDirect videographer extraordinaire. Full installation videos, hardware spotlights and high-flying drone shots of finished outdoor spaces; if it's deck related, Chris has probably imagined how he would frame his shot around it.

But aside from installing full railing and underdecking systems on the decks in the studio, editing away all day in his office, and going to film on location (He is especially fond of going out in the brisk, Minnesota winters -- invite him over!), Chris delivers his own dash of humor, creativity, and style to the DecksDirect world.

Chris is an avid freestyle skier, seeking out the top powder-covered slopes around the world to ride the rails, see the sights and jump the gravity-defying jumps. As often happens, one passion leads into another, as Chris discovered his love of filming and editing from recording his friends' ski runs.

Need some great recommendations on the best tacos 🌮 in the area? Chris will rank out the top three restaurants in the area based on the criteria of taste, freshness, and atmosphere. On weekends (or the occasional late Friday afternoon), you can surely find Chris savoring a snifter of 10-year-old Scotch Whisky and patiently explaining why some whiskeys have an "e" while others don't. But beyond that occasional glass or a locally-brewed beer, Chris is mostly an iced tea kind of guy.

Chris spends most of his weeknights relaxing at home with his wife and 2 cats, playing intensive tabletop games with friends, and then dozing off comfortably to reruns of Brooklyn 99 or Silicon Valley. That nodding off typically happens around 8:30, 9 o'clock... but we won't mention that. 😄

I asked Chris what he liked most about working at DecksDirect and he replied, "It's rare to work at a place where so many people here are actually my friends. Usually, you work at a place and you go home at the end of the day. But at DecksDirect, you want to hang out and talk with people. Everyone likes everyone else."

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Deck of the Month: October 2019

Oct 31, 2019 | Posted in Deck of the Month By Jamie

OZCO Hardware and Pergola Kits can help you add an entirely new space to your home in no time

Deck of the Month Winner: October 2019

don't just make the most of it -- make your space with ozco

Great crunchy piles of colorful leaves cover the ground and things are starting to get a little spooky, with tricks and treats alike prancing throughout the neighborhood, but here at DecksDirect we want to say a great big "Congratulations!" to Edward in Washington. He is our Deck of the Month winner for the month of October for the wonderful backyard pergola he created in the Evergreen state.

A stunning example of going beyond just making the most out of your space, and rather making the space itself; Edward crafted a backyard entertaining area where his home needed it the most. Using the structural strength and incredible finishing look of OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties, his strong natural lumber is fully supported to provide a patio space perfect for entertaining.

A great lower-level area to lounge in and enjoy some afternoon shade, Edward's pergola boasts clean, strong lines to add architectural detail to his home. Using Laredo Sunset Post to Beam Bracket Kits and Laredo Sunset Rafter Clips, Edward has created a solid structure right out into his backyard to enjoy year-round. A brilliant method to increase the usable square footage of your home and expand your entertaining area without the burden of weeks-long construction crews.

Adorned with OZCO Post Bands and Plant Holder Hanger Accents, Edward's pergola can support dangling flower baskets, bird feeders and more! What a lovely place to connect with beauty of nature surrounding you while enjoying an early morning coffee.

Congratulations again, Edward! Thanks for showing us that sometimes a stunning Deck of the Month winner doesn't necessarily even have to be a deck! Great work and a stunning finished project! We'll be sending a DecksDirect shirt, can koozies, and other swag your way today!



Feeling inspired to get your deck renovation underway? Give one of our experienced Deck Designers a call at 1-888-824-5316. We can help you get your new build finished or older deck renovation-ready before the first hints of snow starts hit the ground!

Want to learn more about the possibilities of deck accessories like Edward's OZCO Post Bands and Plant Holder Hanger Accents? Check out the incredible ways you can make your outdoor space your own and put open areas to work for you with the Deck-o-rate Your Deck guide.

If you have a photo you would like to submit to our contest, simply post a photo to Instagram including the hashtag #DecksDirect OR submit a photo with a review on the appropriate product page. You can also send your project photos to hello@decksdirect.com. By doing so, you will be entered to win great prizes from our Deck of the Month Contest!

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Find the best way to tension and tighten your cable deck railing system for a long-lasting look your neighbors will notice

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
How to Tighten and Tension Your Cable Railing

ensure the longest-lasting cable railing system in one easy step

Cable railing systems can help give your space a modern, minimalistic appeal whether installing around your deck perimeter or interior staircase. Whether working with your own existing wood deck posts or with a full premium powder-coated aluminum and cable system, cable deck railing setups can add increased security to your home while keeping your backyard views clear and open as well as adding an architectural detail with the thin horizontal lines.

A low-maintenance way to add a high-performance deck railing design to your home and outdoor living space, cable railing systems simply require a wipe-down with soapy water once or twice a year and a biannual tension check. Each cable railing brand and line has its own cable tensioning sequence to follow for accurate tightening and consistent hold.

When tensioning any cable railing system, be careful not to overtighten. The cable can be released from the cable hardware and fittings if tightened beyond the maximum level.

DecksDirect Pro Tip:

Learn how to tension and tighten your cable deck railing system per your manufacturer's cable sequence and recommendation for a one-stop adjustment that lengthens the life of your railing.


Skyline Cable Railing:

With a softly rounded top rail and solid surface-mount deck posts, the Skyline cable railing system creates a strong foundation with a sleek infill

The Skyline cable railing system combines the high-intensity strength of powder-coated aluminum posts, rails and brackets with the easy-to-use Feeney CableRail Kits for a sleek, deck railing system your family and guests are sure to love. With pre-welded base plate bottoms, the Skyline Pre-Drilled Post Kits attach to the deck surface completely prepared for cable install.

Beginning with the Terminal End Post, thread your Feeney CableRail Kit through all line posts and finally to the terminating Quick Connect End Post. Pull the stainless steel wire taut until tight against the first fitting in the section.

The Skyline cable railing system creates a sleek, strong metal deck railing blended with the sleek look of stainless steel cable







The Feeney CableRail Kit for Skyline, once installed, will be tensioned by holding the Threaded Terminal fitting with pliers and spinning the included Snug-Grip Washer Nut with a wrench. Feeney recommends beginning to tension with the center run of cable and then alternating cable runs outwards until tensioning the first and last runs of cable.

Refer to the cable chart at the right to ensure you're tightening your Skyline cable railing system accurately and meeting building code. A Professional Cable Tension Gauge by Feeney is recommended to guarantee building code compliance.





KeyLink Cable Railing:

With a beveled top rail and strong, thin stainless steel wire lines, the KeyLink Cable Railing system adds a style factor to your deck

Featuring in-post cable hardware fittings, pre-drilled cable openings, and self-centering mounting brackets; the KeyLink cable railing system has put convenience first went installing your own stainless steel cable railing line. After positioning and mounting your KeyLink posts simply thread the stainless steel cable lines through the posts and then at least 1-1/4 inch into the face of the End Post Receiver. Once your cable runs all have both ends inserted into the posts, rest your body weight onto each cable to anchor the wires into the fittings.

The KeyLink cable railing system is straightforward and simple with no necessary order required when tensioning


The KeyLink Cable Railing system does not require a specific sequence to be tensioned properly, however, recommends working out from the center run for a consistent feel.

Simply insert a 3/16 inch Allen wrench into the outside face of the fitting and turn the wrench up and away from your body to tighten the cable to the level needed. A pair of Cable Gripping Pliers should be used to prevent the cable from spinning which can prevent the receiver from tightening fully.




Prestige Cable Railing:

DIY-friendly with a professional finished look, the Prestige Cable Railing allows freedom of design with ease of install

Strong without overpowering. Sleek while still making a statement, the Prestige Cable railing system brings the delicate and modern look of stainless steel wire railing to the forefront of DIY-friendly installations. Blank posts featuring a pre-welded base plate bottom allow you to create your own unique cable railing design and layout to help your home stand out on the block! Simply, position and mount your posts, drill the appropriate cable opening sizes, and run your Feeney CableRail Kits for Prestige Railing as the infill.

Solid three-inch posts and strong top rail design, the Prestige Cable Railing System protects without overpowering






The Feeney CableRail Kit for Prestige, once installed, will be tensioned by holding the Threaded Terminal fitting with pliers and spinning the included Snug-Grip Washer Nut with a wrench. Feeney recommends beginning to tension with the center run of cable and then alternating cable runs outwards until tensioning the first and last runs of cable.

Refer to the cable chart at the right to ensure you're tightening your Skyline cable railing system accurately and meeting building code. A Professional Cable Tension Gauge by Feeney is recommended to guarantee building code compliance.







Fortress H-Series Cable Railing:

Arriving to your door or jobsite in a prefabricated railing panel, the Fortress H-Series Cable Railing is both timeless and quick

The FortressCable H-Series Cable Railing system is a pre-assembled cable railing panel making it simple and straightforward to trim, mount and install. Simply position and attach your surface-mount FortressCable H-Series Posts, measure and connect your FortressCable H-Series Universal Rail Brackets, set your FortressCable H-Series Panel and enjoy!

Remove your included Mid-Span supports (in the center of the panel) and Vertical Uprights (on the outer sides of the panel), measure your post to post opening, and trim your Fortress H-Series Cable Railing Panels to size. Set your cable railing panel in place and finish connecting to the mounting brackets for a solid look guests will envy.

To tighten your FortressCable H-Series Cable Railing runs, remove the Hex Nuts hardware from the adjustable swage and apply pressure to the cable clamp until excess cable is removed. Reassemble the cable clamp and use a 13mm socket wrench to tighten the cables in the sequence below.

A Professional Cable Tension Gauge by Feeney is recommended to confirm that your cable tautness is building code compliant. Fortress recommends that the cable runs be adjusted to 250 lbs. of tension.

Strength, convenience and effortless style; the FortressCable H-Series Cable Railing line delivers

Start and finish your deck renovation project before the snow hits and it gets pushed back another year with fast, knowledgeable and friendly help from DecksDirect! Give one of our experienced deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com to get a complete layout and design plan for your deck, patio or porch today.

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No matter your region or climate, learn how to keep your Trex composite decking and railing systems clean and beautiful

DecksDirect Pro Tip:
How to Clean Your Trex Decking and Railing

keep your Trex composite deck products clear from spots and sap

One of the most popular deck brands in the industry, Trex is a customer and contractor favorite choice year after year. Strong and durable, all while delivering the timeless look of natural wood with none of the staining, splintering and water damage the organic wood presents. Composite decking and railing has been taking over the deck building industry as it promises a low-maintenance method to help your home gain a brand new outdoor living room.

The only question is, "How do I clean my composite decking and railing?"

DecksDirect Pro Tip:

To clean tough blemishes like tree sap, honey or dried foods from your Trex composite products act fast and try these three manufacturer-recommended methods.

1) Trex recommends using warm, soapy water to start. Use a mild, liquid dish soap such as "Joy®" or "Dawn®" and add roughly 1/4 cup of soap to 1 gallon of warm, clean water. With a soft new sponge, lightly working out and loosening the stained spot. When clear, rinse off the former blemish, and towel or air-dry the composite material.

2) In an inconspicuous area, test a cleaner such as "Goo Gone®" or mineral spirits and very lightly scrub the area, checking often for discoloration. If no discoloration occurs, continue applying the cleaner directly to the sap or stain maintaining a light, scrubbing motion. Warning -- heavy scrubbing motions will cause discoloration of composite boards and railings.

3) Have large drops of tree sap, honey etc? Place ice in a sealed bag and set the bag over the sap area. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, letting the stain to dry and harden. Once ready, use a putty knife or razor to gently chip off as must of the area as possible. Be very careful not to cut or trim the composite decking or railing.

Make the absolute most of your outdoor space and keep your maintenance minimal with the incredible looks of the Trex composite decking and railing

While you're out there touching up your family's gorgeous deck, porch or patio, win yourself a can koozie from DecksDirect! Simply take a snapshot of your pet in its best Halloween costume and send it our way on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #PetsonDecks and we'll send you a custom DecksDirect can koozie right away!

If you have any questions, comments or helpful tips, please feel free to give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. We'd love to help you make the most of your outdoor space year after year.

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Real People, Real Service

Oct 18, 2019 | Posted in Messages and News By Jamie

Get to know the people and personalities behind the DecksDirect website

Meet the DD Team: Stacey

the real life people behind the decksdirect site

Every day at DecksDirect is a whole new adventure, and we couldn't be happier about the crew that we get to experience it with! We're a big group of goofballs who have a passion for two things: building awesome outdoor spaces and having a good time! Sometimes we mix the two together.

DecksDirect only hires smart, creative, and good-natured people to join our team; and it shows throughout our office. With great attitudes, tons of deck and building knowledge, and a desire to truly help our customers create the backyard looks they've always wanted; meet the legends behind the phones, screens, and products of DecksDirect.

Stacey

When you walk into DecksDirect, one of the first friendly faces you'll see is Stacey. She's been working here at DecksDirect for about 3 years now (her work-i-versary is November 1st!) and she brings her own unique blend of humor, kindness and strong work ethic with her to the office every day.

Stacey absolutely loves to cook and bake any chance she gets. It's not uncommon to walk into the office early Monday morning and smell a delicious, warm bread waiting to be devoured in the office kitchen.

Constantly working on one project or another, Stacey is the epitome of multi-tasking whether helping people with their deck projects at work or renovating a new spot in her home; Stacey keeps busy! Often working hard in her "Sheeee-rage" (female garage version of "man cave"; trademark pending 😄), she and her close friend also have a small business creating hand-crafted home decor and accent furniture for customers and businesses.

As a single mom to three amazing kids, Stacey truly understands how important it is to spend quality family time home together. It's one of the reasons she loves to help people create a beautiful outdoor living space for their families as they grow and change.

Out on the weekends, you may just find Stacey out enjoying a nice, cold light beer with "bobbers" (green olives) and belting out some classic karaoke tunes at her favorite dive bars.

Always outgoing and friendly, Stacey said "What I absolutely love about the DecksDirect family is that they are genuinely good people who care about each other and our customers and when we say we help people build better decks, we mean it and take pride in doing so."

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Turn your deck, porch and patio lights with a swipe of your finger with the phone-controlled transformers and dimmers

DecksDirect Pro Tip: Control Deck Lighting From The Phone In Your Hands with LMT Mercer or Dekor Lighting.

turn deck lighting on and off as you like without leaving your seat

After a full day of family entertaining, grilling and more. you're tucked up in your bed, drifting off soundly off to sleep. All of a sudden, you remember! Nobody turned off the deck lights after cleaning up the plates and glasses! You stay in your bed for a few more minutes, dreading having to get up. Finally you shrug off your warm, inviting blanket and start trudging your way to your deck, porch or patio, all to flip a switch and turn right around. There's got to be an easier way.

DecksDirect Pro Tip:

The 50 Watt LED DC Transformer by LMT Mercer and the EZ WiFi Dimmer by Dekor give you complete control over your outdoor lighting setup all from the phone in your hand. Timing, brightness, power and more all from your device.

The 50 Watt LED DC Transformer by LMT Mercer allows you to turn your deck lighting on and off straight from your cell phone

From low-voltage LED Post Cap lights and illuminating LED Rail Lighting, to Recessed Stair Lighting and bright Landscape Lighting; turn the on to greet family and friends, or switch them off when everyone settles in for the night. All from the comfort of your room and the mobile device in your hand.

The 50 Watt LED DC Transformer by LMT Mercer features a built-in photocell to automatically power your lights on at dusk and off at dawn, a remote control for adjustments from up to 15 yards away, as well as an app that allows you to control the lighting from anywhere in your home. Both Apple Iphone and Google Android compatible, the 50 Watt LED DC Transformer can help you create, design and control the outdoor lighting look you've always wanted.

We can do almost anything on our phones these days. From ordering dinner to video-chatting with friends, our cell phones allow us to connect with whatever we want instantaneously. Now, thanks to Dekor Lighting, we can even control the brightness and timing of exterior LED lighting all with a tap of your finger. The EZ WiFi Dimmer should be installed within 100 feet of your home's wifi router, then you can finetune your lights as you wish from your Apple Iphone or Ipad as well as your Google Android or tablet.

The EZ Wifi Dimmer by Dekor works with both Apple and Google products to help you control your deck lighting from anywhere in your home

Want more info on how to make your deck, patio, or porch more tech-savvy and user-friendly? Read more about setting up your indoor or outdoor LED lighting system below:
-Learn how program and set up your 50 Watt LED DC Transformer by LMT Mercer on your cell phone here.
-Check out how simple it is to connect your cell phone to your EZ Wifi Dimmer by Dekor right here.

If at any point in your project you have any questions, feel free to give our deck experts a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com.

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