Hi all, Martin here again with what I think is a most awesome, if not the most awesomest (if that’s not a word, it should be) project for gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, and business owners of all types. Really, it’s for everyone because we should all be stewards of the earth. It’s a compost bin. Did you know that nearly one-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials? What is compostable you ask? Compostable materials are a mixture of decaying organic matter like yard debris, grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable peels that become nutrient-rich matter for fertilizing soil. This compost bin project uses Inteplast Building Products PVC decking material, which is perfect because it’s rot- and insect-resistant. So let’s get started.
Materials You’ll Need:
First, pre-drill the 2-in. screws on the 24-in. long Inteplast deck board about a ½-in. from the edge of the board. Do the same thing for the 22-in. long Inteplast deck board.
Next, join create a rectangle using the two 24-in. pieces and the two 22-in. pieces by joining them at the corners.
Then, cut a 1-1/2-in. wide Inteplast Corner Board to use as a jig. Place the 1-1/2-in. wide corner board jig at the corner, and then place a deck board underneath to ensure that it’s level with the deck frame.
Now, place the 7-in. Inteplast Corner Board on top of the jig and attach each corner with 1-1/2-in. screws.
That’s it. Now just stack the finished tiers to create your compost bin. This unit is 24-in. x 22-in. x 28-in., but you can make more tiers to increase the height of the bin to suit your needs.
The best thing about this bin is that you don’t have to physically turn the compost, which can be a real chore. You only have to lift off the top tier and set it on the ground next to the bin fill it with compost. As the compost pile gets lower, move over the next tier, and put more compost in it. Just repeat.
Composting is a great way to condition your soil, recycle your kitchen and yard waste (which reduces land fill waste), introduce beneficial organisms to your yard, and eliminate the need for alternative chemical fertilizers. To find Inteplast Building Products in your area, visit our store locator here. Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
It’s fall ya’ll! That’s how we welcome the season down here in the southeast. One of my favorite things to do this time of year after work is to plop myself down in a rocker on our wrap around porch with a glass of wine and listen to the birds sing, watch the squirrels chase each other around the trees, and smell the delicious aroma from the dinner my husband is cooking. Ok, that last part is a dream, but the rest of it is real. This ‘me time’ gives me a chance to look around and think about how I can decorate my porch for the fall.
My porch boards are Inteplast Building Products variegated porch in Burnished Maple, which has naturally-colored streaking and a subtle wood grain, and easily works with any décor or style. Inteplast’s porch products also offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Just because your porch is an outdoor space doesn’t mean it can’t offer the same style you have on the inside of your house. Here are some my favorite ways to add some autumn spice to your porch.
Pumpkins and Gourds, oh my! Of course pumpkins and gourds aren’t just for Halloween, and they all don’t have to be orange either. Use a combination of pumpkin varieties in white, orange, tan, and even blue, in a variety of sizes, and place them in arrangements around your porch or down the porch steps for fall curb appeal. You can even get really creative with how you decorate your pumpkin, check out this post from livingly for ideas on what to do with yours.
Mums the word. You see them in a ton of colors at your local nursery or big box store, those beautiful mounded chrysanthemum flowers just beckoning for you to scoop some up and take them home. Mums are synonymous with fall and can be the star of your autumn porch. To double up on the fall décor plant yours in a hollowed out pumpkin like this one from CircaDee.
Add some swag. Make your porch swing or rocking chairs cozy, comfy hangout spots throughout the season. I like to add fun, fresh seat cushions on my rocking chairs and cover the porch swing with posh pillows and throws ready to toss over your shoulders if there’s a chill in the air.
For more ideas on how to update your front porch (or any part of your home) for fall check out our Pinterest page for Fall and Halloween Décor.
Just because the temps are getting a little cooler doesn’t mean you have to abandon your outdoor living until spring. Add some fall color and décor to create an inviting space you’ll want to enjoy well into the season. Of course, the perfect foundation for front porch curb appeal is a great porch to begin with. Visit Inteplast’s online Porch Gallery for inspirational porch ideas. To find Inteplast’s porch products near you, visit their retail locator.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
Hello all, Martin here with some fall deck maintenance tips. No doubt you’ve enjoyed your deck all spring and summer with cookouts, pool parties, and just relaxing under the stars with friends. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had in the fall as well, but now is the time do some upkeep before ole’ man winter pays a visit. Lucky you though if you have a PVC deck from Inteplast Building Products because fall maintenance just got a lot quicker.
I can still remember those days when I had to maintain my natural wood deck. It was a beauty, but it was a pain. This time of year I would have been sanding splinters, cleaning it, staining it, and resealing it, which means I couldn’t really enjoy it the rest of the season for fear of getting dirty or stained after all that hard work. But since I’ve upgraded to an Inteplast Deck, which is just as beautiful and performs better than real wood, my maintenance routine is reduced to basic checkups like inspecting and replacing any loose or worn hardware, sweeping up Harley’s fur, and using a hose and warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush. You can use other eco-friendly products, but just be cautious because any cleaning product could lighten the color of PVC deck. I recommend testing a small amount of the product in an inconspicuous area. And you shouldn’t use a pressure washer because it could damage the surface too. Inteplast has a terrific customer service center that can answer questions for you about removing stains, and what products you should or should use. For a complete list of Inteplast Building Products’ maintenance tips, visit their website here.
I’m also diligent throughout the summer keeping up with the day-to-day clean ups, which also makes my fall maintenance time easier. Sauces, oils, sunscreen products, and certain insect repellents may have chemicals or ingredients that could stain or discolor your decks, so make sure you clean those up as quickly as possible.
I just want to offer this advice for anyone out there in the market for a new deck, as you consider the type of building material to use, keep in mind the intangible value of your time spent on maintenance over the lifespan of your deck. Going with a PVC deck from Inteplast Building Products means less time spent on upkeep and more time spent enjoying it! Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
I’m a detail-oriented kind of person, which of course can be an asset or liability, depending on who you ask. I prefer the term extremely observant. So, one of the first things I notice when I walk into a room in someone’s house is their window treatments (or lack of). Even if you have a beautiful wall color, decorative crown moulding, the perfect work of art hanging, and high-end custom made draperies, I’m that person who will focus on the ugly exposed hardware and curtain rods right away. Not because I’m snooty mind you, but because I’ve had those unsightly blemishes of metal and tin wreck the beauty of my own walls. That is until I came across this quick, inexpensive little DIY gift from Inteplast Building Products. A prefinished, light-weight moulding cornice. As always, with most of my posts, you do not have to be an experienced carpenter or DIY-doer to tackle this project. I’m including the link here to the online video tutorial for step by step instructions. Updating you windows with a cornice is such an easy, budget-friendly fix to hide the unattractive hardware, and add some pizazz to boring windows.
In this video, your hosts use whiskey maple moulding for its warm, rich tones. But Inteplast has several color and profile options to fit any style and taste. And their pre-finished, decorative moulding is readily available at your local Lowe’s, or you can even buy it online on the Home Depot and Houzz sites. One of my favorite reasons for using Inteplast’s moulding products is because it has the same workability as real wood, so I don’t need special tools, which makes it a plus for any DIYer, especially if you’re just getting started. Here’s all you need for this project:
Cornices are a simple way to transform a bland window dressing into an elegant, eye-catching (in a good way) detail in any room of your home without breaking the budget. As always, let me see pictures of your own projects!
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!