Category Archives: Deck Expert Endorsements/Recommendations

DeWalt’s Trade/Code/Exam and Certification Series of Books Are a Great Tool!

A couple months ago I got an email from Bobby Person at VCengage Learning. They are the published of DeWalt’s series of books-on Building Codes, Electrical Codes, etc.Construction Reference guides, exam guides etc. are all covered.
Cengage was looking for someone to write a book on building decks, which they thought I might be qualified and interested…sad to say I’m not a deck builder but as I posted a blog on the search, Bobby was good enough to mail me a couple of books to look at.

I asked for the Building Code Reference

and the Construction Professional Reference book

and got them shortly after our email exchange.
Reading through these 2 books, I am left with a very good impression…I especially like the Building Code Reference book, it’s wire bound binding and heavy glossy pages look like they’ll take a lot of abuse and use in the field which is where they should be used!

Take a look at the whole series, maybe one of their many available titles would interest you…here are a few I thought would be of interest. Disclosure-I received 2 books free from Dewalk/Cengage. No other compensation is expected.


Subscribe or Buy as a Gift for Your Favorite Tradesperson! Christmas Deal from Journal of Light Construction!

Passing it on, I subscribe, you might want to also…

JLC is the perfect holiday gift for builders and remodelers.
And gift subscriptions are on sale now at 38% off the regular rate. Just $24.95 each!

It’s the practical gift that thanks, rewards, and inspires your staff and friends.

Order by December 15th for 12 monthly issues, starting with the January issue.

To order, call (877) 277-2721 Mon – Fri, 7 am to 10 pm CST. Saturday 8:30 am to 5 pm CST.

Mention code X0912EB for this special gift subscription rate.

Happy Holidays from all of us at JLC!

Our New Website Has Arrived!

Check it out today! WWW.DECKEXPERT.COM
All new design, easy to navigate, and best of all, optimized for every browser.

Thanks to Valerie Spencer, my designer…

Three spaces are available at the top of each page for advertisers…call me for rates at 805-801-2380.

New Issue of WATERPROOF! Magazine Out

The summer 2009 issue of Waterproof! Magazine is now in subscribers mailboxes…

This issue has great articles on Foam and Waterproofing, Solar Roofs and the waterproofing considerations neccesary when installing solar panels on a roof.

An interesting article about silicone sealants from Dow Corning being used on the Antarctica science station “Princess Elisabeth Station” shows the versatility of silicone in extreme environments.

Waterproofing contractors, general contractors, architects, manufacturer’s and suppliers-I recommend that you get yourself a subscription. Call The publisher at 877-229-9174 with your info and credit card. One year is $20.00, two years is $35 or 5 years is only $50.00.

Keep Your Client Entertainment Costs Down With a Little Golf

While this has nothing to do with decks and waterproofing, we all have to entertain our customers now and then…

and many of my clients like to golf. So how do you take them golfing on a budget? Especially when the average round is $60.00-$100 or more?

Well Deck Expert is here to tell ya…go to and book your next client golf round and save a bundle while looking like a hero.

In Orange County? You can golf Talega or 12-14 other courses. In Monterey? You can golf at Poppy Hill. Many courses, great prices… check out any state in the Union for tee times/prices. Palm Springs? Cheap cheap cheap in high summer

I just booked at Rancho Canada in Carmel Valley for a foursome for $27.00 a player, including 2 carts and 18 holes… Rancho Canada charges $89 a round if you just make a direct reservation…course we’re teeing off at 2:20 pm..if you want to go at 730 am you’d pay $55 per.

That’s todays advice, save a lot of money and look like a big shot! You’ll save enough to buy drinks at the 19th hole.

Bay Area Law Firm Berding Weil Offers Their 18th Annual Community Association Law Seminar November 21st!

Our goal is education…HOA members and Board of Directors in the Bay Area would do well to take the time to attend…Berding & Weil’s Law Seminar will help you and your Association…go, sign up now!


The Game Has Changed . . . And So Have the Rules!

November 21, 2008 – At the San Ramon Marriott

What you need to know to successfully manage a common interest development today.

  • New Legislation (If we have any!)
  • New Cases (fiduciary duty, enforcement, dangerous common areas)
  • New CC&Rs (working with new docs: avoiding blunders)
  • Law Redux (how recent laws work “on the street”)
  • Repairing Bad Buildings (bank loans, claims)

Seminar Registration Fee: $30 (per person)

Certified managers will receive 1 CACM credit for attending this legal seminar.

San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583

Registration: 8:30am

Program: 9:15am – 12:00pm

Cocktail Reception following program.


Attendees may REGISTER ONLINE, by Phone, or by completing the BERDING | WEIL 2008 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM and mailing or faxing the completed form to:

Berding & Weil LLP
3240 Stone Valley Road West
CA 94507
Phone: (925) 838-2090
Fax: (925) 820-5592

Registrations received without full payment will not be processed. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Checks should be made payable to Berding & Weil LLP.

If you have questions directly related to the seminar registration, please contact Roxanne Jolicoeur at (925) 838-2090.