From decks to “The Code”

The Home Discovery Show

Sunday, Sept. 4th, 20011


Well, it’s still deck season, and that means that we still have time to enjoy the sun, sandals, and sodas. On this week’s show, our calls were all over the map, geographically and topically. From slippery decks to painting of the deck, to steps to the deck, we covered them all.

Lillian called in with a comment that she’s had a few contractors come over to look at her fence and haven’t come back with a price or even a phone call. I feel her pain, but also know what it’s like on “the other side of the fence” (pardon the pun). I understand how it is that every minute that passes from the time that I, personally, look at a job to tender, the harder it is to get to the paperwork part of the deal. The phone rings, the other job sites need attention, the suppliers call, etc. All of that distraction only takes away from the client – Lillian. She’s important. Her fence is important. She deserves the respect of a call back. On behalf of “too busy” contractors, or contractors who just simply got distracted, apologies Lillian. Not all were created equal. Marie from West Vancouver has a similar problem with getting someone to have a look at fixing her screen on the patio door.

Louise from Richmond called in an asked of painting her deck “in direct sunlight”. While it’s never a good idea, sometimes it’s inevitable – just because of the way that the clouds part, or even the simple fact that we actually HAVE sun and so few days of it to get any work done. Also, with painting a deck, that’ll make some slippery spots, as Jim from Delta asks for resolution on. We’ve used topical “non-skid” tapes, and even crushed walnut shells in suspension of the paint. Whatever the remedy, be very careful to not slide off the steps. On to another Jim and his deck we went. He’s looking at replacing his deck with either fibreglass or vinyl. I suggested vinyl because fibreglass is so temperamental and hard to work with. Not to mention that it’s not approved under the BC Building Code as an approved membrane. Along with paint, fibreglass, and vinyl, Val from Abbotsford called in and suggested a torch on (roof membrane) as an alternative. That’d provide a waterproof surface, and then another surface can be applied over that – whether it’s a concrete (maybe stamped), a wood or composite deck, or even tile.

Finally, the last call came from Liz in Burnaby. She brought up an interesting, and often asked, question; Do I need a building permit for ……. ? We’ll talk more on this important subject and when one is needed and who gets it and who is responsible for it, but, specifically for Liz, the inquiry was about her intended patio cover. While we are controlled by the current issue of the British Columbia Building Code, each municipality will have their own code that augments the BCBC and so we always default to the local officials to be safe.

Well, that’s the brevity of this week’s show, but here’s the podcast link for you to listen to the whole thing:

Home_Discovery_Show- September 4,2011

Enjoy and thanks for listening.

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