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OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) Truss Base Fan 10:12 Plates are designed for use with pressure treated lumber and are engineered to make installation faster and easier. All products in the OWT line are constructed for indoor and outdoor use and can stand up to summer’s harshest conditions; sun, wind, and rain are no match for the ultra-heavy gauge steel and corrosion protection. OWT utilizes industry-leading features and attachment techniques, making them truly a building breakthrough.

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OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) Truss Base Fan 12:12 plates are designed for use with pressure treated lumber and are engineered to make installation faster and easier. All products in the OWT line are constructed for indoor and outdoor use and can stand up to summer’s harshest conditions; sun, wind, and rain are no match for the ultra-heavy gauge steel and corrosion protection. OWT utilizes industry-leading features and attachment techniques, making them truly a building breakthrough.

Truss Base Fan T Plate
October 9, 2017
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OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) Truss Base Fan T Plate Truss Ties complete any project, big or small. From the top of your pergola or deck to the base of your mailbox, these versatile truss accents tie wood together with style and strength. Complete the look with OZCO OWT Truss Accents for a timeless look that matches other products in the Laredo Sunset line. No matter the angle, OWT has it covered with powder coated, hot dipped galvanized steel truss ties that will last for years to come. OWT Truss Ties saves you time as they do not require extra labor and material to conceal them, and can be used with all types of lumber from pressure treated to cedar and more.

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Truss Base Fan 3 Point
October 9, 2017
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OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) Truss Base Fan 3 Point Plate Truss Ties complete any project, big or small. From the top of your pergola or deck to the base of your mailbox, these versatile truss accents tie wood together with style and strength. Complete the look with OZCO OWT Truss Accents for a timeless look that matches other products in the Laredo Sunset line.

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OZCO’s Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) Truss Accent Plate Ironwood are manufactured with hot dipped galvanized heavy gauge steel and finished with a black powder coating offering superior corrosion resistance and ultimate strength. The OWT Truss Accent Connectors offer the finishing touch to OWT’s Inside and Outside Angle Ties including the 90° Flush Inside or Outside, 45° Flush Inside or Outside, “T” Tie Plate and Butt Joint Flush. OWT Truss Accents are designed for use in roofs, pergolas, and rafting or on any project to add rugged charm and style. Each project might require different sized OWT Timber Bolts to be used in place of or with OWT Timber Screws.

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Garden arbors with trellises beautify a garden and add shade.

Garden arbors with trellises can define areas in a yard as well as provide privacy.

One of the best features a house can have is a stately old tree in the yard. Trees provide shade for a home, but more importantly, they shade the yard on a hot summer day and make it a joy to be outside. However, many of my friends have seen their stately old oaks, maples, and other trees get struck by lightning, contract diseases from unhygienic tree cutters, or just expire from any number of the factors that affect centenarians.

My friends, of course, plant new trees in place of the old ones. We are, after all, part of the generation that grew up with Carly Cardinal and the National Arbor Day Foundation spreading the word across the nation about trees. Where the old trees could shade an entire yard, though, the new trees will take some time to get to that height and lushness of foliage. But in the meantime, garden arbors with trellises can provide shade and a place for quicker-growing plants to grow.

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Backyard grape arbors aren't hard to built and can take many shapes.

A pergola or arbor supports vines and provides shade and interest in a yard, making it both beautiful and functional.

Back in my early twenties, I bought a younger friend of mine a home brewing kit for his twenty-first birthday, little knowing what I was unleashing. The beer from that first batch was terrible. The next twenty batches were bad, but uniquely bad each time. The twenty-first batch was acceptable as a near substitute for beer, but by then my friend was in college and had moved on to spirits and took up distilling. I hadn’t realized before this that Listerine could be made at home. As middle age beckons, our tastes have matured, and my friend now ruins parties with batches of his homemade wine. It works surprisingly well as salad dressing, but it’s a struggle to keep smiling through a glass of it.

At our last get-together, though, my friend surprised us. The bottle he presented us with was going to be the last of his special vintage; buying grapes from a vineyard was getting just too expensive. In a moment of misplaced sympathy, I suggested building backyard grape arbors to grow his own. Volunteering the idea, of course, meant that I’d volunteered to help build the arbors and grow the grapes—or at least that was what they decided it meant when my friends discussed it among themselves.

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An DIY outdoor doghouse is easier with a plan.

Adding a window and grate to your outdoor doghouse can encourage more airflow, which is perfect for warm climates and breeds that tend to overheat.

The best thing about having friends that are as close as family is that you get to share in their most embarrassing moments. One of my favorite of these memories has to do with a doghouse that my friend’s father built for a beloved old mutt named Taco. Inspired by a surfeit of concrete left over from creating a patio and some concrete casting techniques from a survivalist magazine, my friend’s father decided to cast a doghouse instead of building one. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that, in his case, the concrete mix called for rebar reinforcement, and his initial effort collapsed. So did the second and third attempts. Undeterred, my friend’s dad pushed on. He finally succeeded by thickening the walls and thinning the roof, creating a bunker that Taco stubbornly refused to use even though my friend’s father squeezed himself into it to prove that it was safe.

This was when my friend and I arrived in the backyard to find his father stuck in the doghouse with Taco licking his face. Our feelings were, and are, that if the dog knew better than to go in, then my friend’s dad should have, too. But even if you don’t try to use concrete, building a DIY outdoor doghouse is a challenge. It’s a project that usually begins with someone saying, “How hard can it be?” and ends with a mess. Instead, try starting with the question, “What does my dog need, and why?” You should end up with a great doghouse.

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Bolts with sleeves don't need to be cut and have a neater appearance.

Bolts with sleeves create a cleaner, ornamental look when joining two timbers.

I’ve built many boardwalks, decks, arbors, pergolas, and pavilions over the years. Usually, they’re made from four-by-four posts with beams made from two two-by-sixes held on by bolts and nuts sandwiching the boards to the post. The bolts are usually bought in bulk, and are extra long so they’ll be able to reach through any number of boards. This leaves an unsightly three or four inches of threads clearly visible beyond the face of the board. If the bolt is any lower than about seven feet above ground, this becomes a safety hazard, because anyone using the structure could walk into the bolt end and injure themselves. If it’s higher than seven feet, then it’s just plain ugly. Cut bolts in a pavilion roof truss design, for example, can seriously detract from the structure’s appearance. Either way, using these bolts means I have little choice but to cut the bolt down to a more reasonable half inch or so of threads showing.

However, this creates a whole new host of problems, because cutting a bolt down neatly and safely is a surprisingly hard thing to do. It’s a “make-do” construction standard that persists because until recently there was no other option, and for the most part, no one has spared it any thought. However, newly developed bolts with sleeves work in a clever way so that there’s never any extra length sticking out. Before we explain them, though, let’s talk about why you should stop using your old bolts, the type that need to be cut down.

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OZCO Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) 6 in. Butt Joint Flush Plate Connectors are so versatile, they can be used on almost any project. No matter the angle, OWT has it covered with powder coated, hot dipped galvanized steel truss ties that will last for years to come.OWT Truss Ties saves you time as they do not require extra labor and material to conceal them, and can be used with all types of lumber from pressure treated to cedar and more, giving your project a timeless look.

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