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Deck Construction Materials

Timber Tech

While most manufacturers cut corners and neglect the bottom of the deck board and groove, Timber Tech goes the extra mile, making your deck strong enough to resist scratches, stains, and fading.

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Brick & Concrete

K.C. Masonry

Driveways, Patio's, Porches, Stamped concrete, Chimney's, Brick paver repair. 23 years in business. For all your brick and concrete needs. Call 877-MASONRY.

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Builders of Additions

Pine Building Company

We will design and build an addition that will give you the extra space you need and look like it was the original part of the house. We'll even show you how to save by doing or subcontracting some of the work. First and second story renovations, remodeling of existing space. Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, master suites, great room additions.

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Deck Care Fast & Easy book

Glenn Haege's Deck Care Fast & Easy explains what to do and what to buy for that four letter word that lives in your backyard; your deck!  This book walks you though selecting between woods and man made decking, deck maintenance, brightening, stripping, sealing and staining. It’s free!

Download the guide here

Publication date: 06/23/2007

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Foil burglers with one of these lock sets on your door

Just in time for your summer vacation I wanted to tell you that burglaries are up slightly over last year.

According to the just released preliminary 2006 national statistics, burglaries increased 0.2 percent overall and 3.3 pecent in cities between 500,000 and 999,999 population.

Most homes are vacant during the daylight hours, which is when most robberies occur. Usually bored kids and druggies just kick in the door if they want to break into the house.

There are now good "how-to" videos on the Web that show kids how they can get into your home using a procedure called "bumping." All that is required is a bump key and something to tap the key with.

My staff has been told that bumping kits with blanks to fit all major locks are available for about $20.

Almost every exterior lock that uses a keyed entry is subject to entry by bumping. Unlike kicking in the door, which can hurt the knees and leaves a mess, bumping lets the perpetrator open the door without leaving a trace. A homeowner may not even know the house has been broken into until they notice what's missing.

The cheapest way to bump-proof a door when you are at home would be to install an old-fashioned sliding bolt or door chain. There are also deadbolts that are keyed from the inside only.

A new method of making the door bump proof from the inside is the Lock Jaw by Lock Jaw Security, www.lockjaw security.com. This is a little brass box with a prong that slides down and immobilizes the deadbolt thumb turn. No screws are necessary. It can be attached with two-sided tape. If you go on a trip, you can take it with you and add extra security to your hotel door. The Lock Jaw is available on the company Web site for $25.

The best alternatives for making a lock bump proof when the house is empty are keyless push button locks like the new M2210 by Lockey Systems, (989) 773-2363, www.lockeysystems.com, and the ultra sophisticated Black & Decker Kwikset SmartScan Fingerprint Deadbolt Lock, (800) 327-LOCK, www.kwikset.com.

The Kwikset SmartScan stores fingerprints inside its memory and unlocks for family-members or other designated people. It has a timed lockout feature, which allows continuous access for family members, temporary access for house sitters or contractors and time restricted access for a babysitter or housekeeper.

Despite the sophisticated technology, the SmartScan is powered by four AA batteries and is simple enough for do-it-yourself installation.

The SmartScan has a manufacturer's list price of $199, but the cheapest I could find it on the Web was $229 at www.go keyless.com.

Note: This article was accurate at the date of publication. However, information contained in it may have changed. If you plan to use the information contained herein for any purpose, verification of its continued accuracy is your responsibility.

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