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Get Trained On Your Job Site to Install Metal Lath Decking Systems By The Deck Expert!


Smart Contractors Are Learning This Highly Prized Skill & Putting Additional Profits In Their Pockets, Instead of Giving It Away
Want to add more skills to the services you already offer? Learn to install the largest selling deck coating systems from me, the Deck Expert, Bill Leys. I have over 15 years of experience and can teach you about selling, estimating and installing a metal lath deck coating system.



I'll be by your side, showing you how to do the tasks and ensuring you and your staff learn the right way to install a deck system.
I am a former or current authorized applicator of Desert Crete, Pli-Deck, Mer-Kote, Dex-O-Tex + Life Deck!
 I’ll be on the job with you as I was here in Mariposa recently, teaching a contractor how to install a Desert Crete system. I can teach you how to install Life Deck AL system, Mer-Kote Shur Deck and Weather Deck System (former Mer-Kote approved applicator) Westcoat ALX, Pli-Dek and Desert Crete systems among the many available.
You’ll get help in estimating the job, sourcing materials, tips on selling the job and then when it’s sold, I come to the job with the specialized tools to help you professionally train and learn to install the system.
Learn the right way to install flashings, assess a deck, ensure that it's ready for waterproofing!
You’ll learn about flashing decks, including at doors, edges and walls. 
 The tips and tricks it’ has taken me 12 years to acquire are handed down to you! I teach you the secrets experienced installers know.
Learn our trade secrets that save time and money! Our service doesn't cost, it pays. How much does it cost to go back and fix things? More than what it costs to learn to do it right.
I’ll teach you the tips and trcks I’ve learned from 15 years in the field!
 We’ll spend time at the back of the truck having discussions and teaching your crew on tools, procedures, safety and more, then we’ll be on the deck installing a system from start to finish!
You’ll learn how to apply simple decorative finishes that will impress your clients. Easy to install, easy to maintain! 
Our clients job in Mariposa turned out great and so will yours! I give you follow up telephone support free! Call today and start on your way to learning how to install a metal lath decking system! I service all of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
Call Bill at 805-801-2380 or send me an email to Bill at
See our articles in Journal of Light Construction, Professional Deck Builder & more!


JLC LIVE Residential Construction Show Invites Deck Expert Bill Leys Back for His Fifth Show! December 4th in Portland OR

The schedule has been announced for this years JLC Live Residential Construction Show at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland Oregon. The show returns for it’s fifth year in Portland and what will be our third year being a featured speaker in Portland. This show will mark our fifth JLC Live show we’ve presented at. 

The big change for this show though is I am putting on two seminars this year! To keep up the suspense, to see what I’ll be discussing you have to click over to JLC’s website and see what I’ll be discussing. Hint, one session is NOT about decks at all, no way no how. Not waterproofing either, so that’s two hints.
Click here to see my sessions and make the gang at JLC happy with their site getting clicks and make me happy because I’m the referrer…

Concrete Decor Show Registration Is Now Open For Nashville Tenn March 14-18th 2011

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Nashville, Tenn.
March 14-18, 2011

Free Admission
& 10% off all workshops and seminars *
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2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training
 More than 85 designers attended the Rocketown Design Charrette in Nashville, Tenn. this past week. Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and local college students focused their design talent and enthusiasm on planning Rocketown’s decorative concrete makeover, and they came up with some exciting results!

You have the opportunity to participate in implementing these designs at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show in March by registering for the workshops below. 

  • Advanced Artistic Techniques for Concrete Staining – 8 hours
  • Advanced Technology: Fiber-Reinforced Concrete for Decorative Precasting – 4 hours
  • Concrete Countertop Casting: Press, Trowel, or Wet-Cast – 4 hours
  • Countertop Overlays & Sculpted Vertical Surfaces – 8 hours
  • Decorative Effects with Stenciled Concrete – 4 hours
  • Learn Hand-Carved Vertical Decorative Concrete – 4 hours
  • Masking Patterns and Microtoppings for Ultra-Decorative Finishes – 8 hours
  • Polished Colored Concrete: Getting Color In and Keeping It There – 4 hours
  • Stamping and Stenciling Concrete – 4 hours
  • More workshops are still being added, but we encourage you to register now. Space is limited.

In addition to these workshops, there are numerous seminars, panel discussions and keynotes available. Register now to take advantage of the many educational opportunities available.

 Please help us to promote this event by encouraging your colleagues and customers to attend. Banner ads are available at and can be used on company websites and newsletters. The Concrete Decor Show will enhance your colleagues’ and customers’ perspective toward this growing market.

Thank you for your support and partnership. See you in Nashville!

Exhibit Space Still available.Call today (877) 935-8906 or click here.

Renaissance Downtown Hotel

The Renaissance Downtown Hotel is the place to stay if you’re in town for the Concrete Decor Show. Discover the Renaissance Nashville Hotel and experience all that Music City has to offer within one distinctive property. Perfectly positioned in the business district, this recently renovated hotel in downtown Nashville is connected to the Nashville Convention Center. 

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Who Should Attend:
Contractors and Tradespersons 
The program will attract professionals who work with concrete and concrete toppings, as well as artisans and specialty contractors engaged in adding decorative treatments, stains, graphics or resurfacing materials to new and old concrete. Hands-on workshops and seminars will round out the conference.
Supply Stores and Distributors
Companies and individuals interested in starting or expanding distribution of decorative concrete materials and equipment will find opportunities to see the latest products and learn more about trends that address the needs of decorative concrete specialists.

Architectural Specifiers in Design Professions
Professionals engaged in designing and specifying decorative or architectural concrete floors, walls or features will have opportunities to gain a better understanding of creative alternatives. Presentations will include case histories of LEED-certified projects. Many seminars and workshops will offer AIA CEUs.

* Offer expires February 18, 2011

Exhibitors Can Save 20% Off Regular Rates at Concrete Decor Show and Spring Training With This Link

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Exhibitor Discount Deadline

Discount expires: October 31, 2010
Reserve exhibit space at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training event before October 31 and enjoy saving 20% off our standard exhibit rates. Don’t delay!
Put your company in front of the right audience – the contractors, resellers, and design professionals that seek the most innovative products, tools, and equipment to help make their businesses successful. With more than 3,000 attendees expected, this event is a forum for building profitable new relationships in the decorative concrete industry.
Maximize your profitability in 2011. Reserve booth space now by logging onto Online registration will also highlight those companies that are already registered.
Call us at (877) 935-8906 today.

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Prominent positions are going fast, act now!

Life Paint Announces Training/Educational Event

Life Paint, the manufacturer’s of Life Deck waterproof coatings for decks, epoxy for flooring and paint and coatings will hold a training seminar/educational demonstration on Thursday September 16th at their manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs.

Look for a flyer to be uploaded with more information in the next couple days…

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Mer-Kote Educational Seminars-Last Ones Of The Year

Mer-Ko Demonstration & Educational Seminar Schedule — 2010

September 9, 2010 Mer-Ko Fundamentals of Waterproofing Deck Systems
Location: Parex USA, Inc. / Mer-Ko, 4130 E La Palma, Anaheim, CA 92807 (8am – 2pm)
December 9, 2010 Mer-Ko Annual Round-Table
Location: Parex USA, Inc. / Mer-Ko, 4130 E La Palma, Anaheim, CA 92807 (8am – 2pm)

Register Online

Seminar Descriptions
Fundamentals of Seamless Decking & Waterproofing Systems
This hands-on demonstration and seminar covers the methods and techniques you need to successfully install Mer-Ko’s waterproofing and decking systems. Materials and application techniques used in Mer-Ko’s waterproofing membranes, underlayments, pedestrian, vehicular and flat roof decking systems are reviewed, as well as basic project considerations, flashing details, and how to select the proper systems and topcoats for a project.
Decorative Coatings & Accents
This hands-on demonstration and seminar covers the methods and techniques you need to successfully install Mer-Ko’s decorative coating systems. Materials and application techniques used in Mer-Ko’s decorative coating line are reviewed, in addition to various accents and artistic affects (i.e., Antiquing Gels, Antique Release Agents, Kolor Packs, etc.).

Lunch is provided at all seminars in conjunction with interactive discussions on topics impacting project site efficiency and application success.
Upon completion of the seminar, new participants are eligible to complete the application process to become a Mer-Ko Currently Listed Applicator. For those who hold an active status as a Mer-Ko Currently Listed Applicator, attendance at any of these sessions qualifies for renewal of your status. Our Currently Listed Applicators enjoy access to Mer-Ko’s complete line of waterproofing and decking systems, opening new doors of opportunity to offer high-quality systems that protect and beautify new construction, renovation, preservation, retro-fit and maintenance projects.
Join us for this exciting new seminar and position yourself to capitalize on new project opportunities!