Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trex deck lights Shine!

Earlier this year Trex announced its new deck light system design called Lighthub, which allows the lights to be plugged in from a male end to a female end instead of wiring together.  This system makes adding lights later and installation worry free as well as a timesaver.  Trex instructions and literature for installation online was very helpful.  Along with ease of installation comes 40,000 hours per LED light.  These LED lights can easily now add atmosphere and safety to your deck with what I call "plug-and-play" installation.  Each light and component is weatherproof and salt-air resistant.  Trex also offers a five year warranty on all their lights and a three-year warranty on the transformer and timer.  As  a non-electrician I sure enjoyed installing these lights in my latest deck project. I am sure the homeowner will enjoy the ambience and safety the lights provide for years to come.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trex shines (railing)

I have recently been working on a new deck project in which I am using Trex products.  The products have exceeded my expectations in both quality and ease of installation.  I am going to specifically write about the rail system today. I started with the online catalog of parts and pieces, and did my takeoff from there. Once the product was ordered and delivered on site, the process has already begun because all the boxes are labeled "step 3 of 5" for example. So organization of the product on site was easy.  From there I followed the trex express installation guide, which included a template for mounting the post brackets to the post, see picture to the right.  This is great for a couple of reasons. One the template requires no measuring as other brands and systems do. Secondly the template also acts as a third hand holding the brackets in place till you can pre drill and fasten them with screws, very cool!  The rest of the installation is truly as simple as following the steps marked on the boxes.  Trex also includes a few extra fasteners per bag of hardware so if you drop or lose one you don't have to immediately crawl below the deck to retrieve it.  The rails themselves are solid, strong and have a smooth finish.  Way to go Trex for designing a better way of doing things!