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    Tips for Quality Wood Sanding

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Whether you're building a deck, a fence, or a toy chest, it's a good idea to know how to properly and efficiently sand the wood. With the right selection of sandpaper grit levels, you can streamline your sanding process and get a beautiful finished result without imperfections or planer marks.

    This video explains how to quickly and effectively sand wooden items. For hardwoods, it is recommended that you start with a minimum of 80-grit sandpaper. This coarseness is aggressive enough to take care of most imperfections. Progressively increasing the grit to finer levels allows you to remove marks left from the previous sanding and achieve a smooth result.

    J & W Lumber carries high-quality specialty woods, as well as rough lumber. Contact us at (760) 741-8776 or visit our website to learn about the products we carry and services we provide.

    A Look at How Different Composite Decking Materials are Made

    Last updated 2 years ago


    Lumber decking is absolutely beautiful, but it does require maintenance and diligence on the part of the homeowner. For many busy people, composite decking is an ideal solution. Composite decks provide the same stunning appearance as those made from lumber without any of the typical maintenance. There are several different composite materials available from J & W Lumber, each of which offers its own advantages.

    Fiberon Decking

    Fiberon is a premier manufacturer of composite deck materials. With high-tech methods of extruding COMPOSET BOARD and forming PVC—a type of vinyl that has been treated for UV-resistance and durability—Fiberon can mimic the appearance of exotic hardwoods and domestic wood species. Fiberon decks are available in multi-chromatic colors with realistic grain details and textures. This composite decking is warrantied against stains and fading, and easily resists the effects of mold and mildew that could attack a genuine wood deck.

    Trex Decks

    High-quality polymer construction provides the strength and extreme durability that Trex composite decks are known for. Trex Transcend is a premium line of composite decking material that utilizes an outer shell around the main composite material to give it unmatched resistance to fading, staining, scratches, and mold. Available in several shades that range from earth tones to tropical wood colors, this type of composite decking can suit any home.

    TimberTech Decking

    Using an innovative mix of wood cellulose and virgin plastic materials, TimberTech creates composite decks that are sustainable, eco-friendly, and beautiful. Like the products from other excellent brands of composite decking, TimberTech decking requires very little maintenance and can be easily cleaned with soap and water.  The soap and water cleaning requires a capped composite decking, if you’re not sure if your deck is capped composite or not make sure to check with J&W Lumber.

    Find the perfect composite decking material for your home when you contact J & W Lumber at (760) 741-8776. We proudly carry Fiberon, Trex, and TimberTech composite decking materials so you can construct a beautiful deck. Visit us online to find out how you can take advantage of our deck planning and design services.



    Learn More About Lumber And Get More Fence Installation Tips With The Help Of These Links

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Lumber is great for building beautiful, long-lasting objects and structures for your home or garden. Learn about lumber, wooden fence installations, and garden boxes by exploring the resources listed below.

    • Are you about to install a fence? Learn about fence etiquette and finding property lines with this article from
    • Learn all about lumber, lumber dimensions, and board measurements to help you with your next lumber purchase. This link to has some great information.
    • To find out more about building with wood, take a look at this page from the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute.

    Find the perfect wood for your next project at J & W Lumber in Southern California. We’ve got more than five decades of experience serving customers and can’t wait to help you out. Give us a call at (760) 741-8776 for more information.


    Last week to get 15% OFF 4X8 Garden Box Kits!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    This is your last week to receive 15% OFF 4X8 Garden Box Kits through our online site! Just enter coupon code 15 at checkout!

    Avoid Common Problems and Mistakes When Installing a Fence

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’ve decided to save yourself some money and install a fence with your own two hands, you’ve made a great decision. Before you get down to business, however, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to avoid some of the most common mistakes DIY fencers encounter during installation. Here are some tips for avoiding fence installation problems:

    Locate and Mark Underground Utilities

    The last thing you want when installing a fence is to end up with a natural gas leak, water leak, or power disruption. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that you contact your local utility companies and find out where your underground utility lines are before driving in your posts.

    Know Your Property Lines

    If you accidentally erect your fence even a foot outside of your property line, you may be forced to remove entire sections of your new fence, which can be expensive and time consuming. Even if you feel pretty confident about the location of your property lines, it’s never a bad idea to contact a surveyor and double check.

    Make Sure You Have the Right Ground Clearance

    A fence with a ground clearance that’s too high provides an opportunity for pets and small children to crawl underneath it. On the other hand, a fence that’s too low won’t allow for small changes in the landscape and makes it more difficult to mow grass and weed along the edges of your fence. Be sure to know how much ground clearance you need before you begin installation.

    Look Up Any Local Ordinances Pertaining to Your Fence

    Depending on where you live, there may be certain zoning requirements that you have to follow regarding the height and style of your fence. Be sure to research and follow any ordinances for your area to avoid problems with your fence after construction is complete.

    Here’s the last tip: don’t forget the lumber! Many wood types, including cedar, work great as fencing material. Find all of the lumber you need, including cedar split rails and lodgepoles, at J & W Lumber. We even have composite and vinyl fencing materials. Give us a call at (760) 741-8776 for more information about fence building.

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