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Brazil Raises Taxes by R$14.07 Billion

Brazil is on the move thanks to the new finance minister, Joaquim Levy. Drastic changes are being made that will remove many of the policies implemented by Guido Mantega. The goal of these changes is to bring Brazil’s budget back into balance and restore investors’ confidence.

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Effects of a Weaker Brazilian Currency on Timber Products

Brazil is the largest economic power in Latin America. Its natural resources are vast and have fueled Brazil’s economic growth in the last few decades. This new-found role as one of the largest world economies has put more value into its currency, the real R$, which now impacts international investors if it fluctuates too much.

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Wood of The Month: Hickory

Simply mentioning the word “Hickory” can make mouths water, thanks to its association with a BBQ, but there’s more to Hickory than a delicious flavor. It’s a prominent tree in the Southeast, and grows very large, reaching heights of 160 feet and expanding to 7 feet in diameter. It’s also a wood that’s readily available right in our North Carolina facility.

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How To Convert Square Feet to Linear Feet

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The lumber industry has a lot of terms that are often very tough to navigate especially if it’s the first time anyone considered buying wood. Most wood products are sold per piece or per square foot. Often a lot of people won’t know how to convert from square feet to linear feet and if they order amounts per the square foot then there will be a very big shortage of material. Luckily we do provide a handy dandy square feet to linear feet calculator that’ll do the hard work and a page that explains what lumber sizing is! But, have you wondered how exactly the calculation happens?
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Wood of The Month: Persimmon

Persimmon is a native tree species to North America and is most commonly known for its fruit rather than its wood. Persimmon is actually part of the Ebony family and is commonly referred as White Ebony, because the tree is comprised of a lot of white sap wood with a small core of darker heartwood.
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Tifft Street Pier in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo has been generating a lot of buzz surrounding new public works that have been revitalizing the historical industrial districts for the public. The Tifft Street Pier and boardwalk is one of the projects that has been recently completed, and is now open to the public to enjoy. The beautiful Tifft Pier has a floating dock that allows pedestrians to experience being surrounded on all 4 sides by water from Lake Erie. There are benches, and also accommodations for fishing.

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How to Zombie Proof Your Home!

It seems like it’s inevitable, the zombie apocalypse is coming. So what are we to do when this doomsday approaches? We’ll zombie-proof our homes, of course!

Now you may be wondering why you’re on a decking blog reading about zombies, but if The Walking Dead has taught us anything, it’s that we can live amongst the undead.

Here’s where we get down to business, order ipe decking. When you hear about the first victim of this catastrophe, order as much ipe decking as you can OR if you have an ipe deck prepare to dismantle it. After all, I doubt you’ll want to spend any time in an outdoor area as the world starts turning into the undead. Next, I want you to go outside and start boarding up your windows and doors!

Don’t forget to end seal those boards though if you’re going to cut them. If you don’t end seal the deck boards, they will lead to warping and cracking and could leave a weak point for the zombies to enter. After you have end sealed the boards and they’re dry, it’s time to attach the boards to the windows.

Don’t forget to predrill! If you skip the predrilling, the boards will crack and you will break screws. Time is a matter of life and death and this point don’t make any more work for yourself. As for the fasteners? Go with stainless steel screws. Coated screws will fail you. You don’t want to turn into a zombie because of a fastener, do you?

Ipe will last you over 75 years, so even if the apocalypse last for several decades, your boarded up house will too. This hardwood resists mold, decay and insects, and the bony hands of zombies.

Now we can’t guarantee that your neighbors won’t give you weird looks for boarding up your windows with ipe decking, but we can guarantee that they’re going to regret going with soft woods like pine or worse…COMPOSITES. Everyone knows that it’s a fact that zombies will break soft woods right? it’s in every movie and novel ever made!

Stay safe and stay alive during the Zombie Apocalypse!