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Cyberbooth #386
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Deck Spacer - Multipurpose Deck Building Tool
Category: Industrial, Home and Garden

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The Problem To Be Solved:

The addition of a deck space to one's home provides a beautiful environment to relax, read, dine and entertain, and is an enhancement that symbolizes luxury and success.

In the process of building a deck, the most commonly used tool to create a space between the boards, is the common nail. While inexpensive, nails often create additional problems and work. Since they are small, they're hard to remove when a lot of force is applied against them, and they often fall on, through or under the deck, creating a potential injury. They can also leave a dent on the edge of the deck boards, especially with softer woods like redwood and cedar which are prone to denting and maring. When a lot of force is applied, the nails also have to be removed with a hammer or nail bar, which also dents the wood.

The Deck Spacer is a multi-purpose deck building tool that eliminates this problem, in addition to helping to perform many other tasks involved in building a deck.

1. Deck Spacer:
It's main purpose is to be used as a deck spacer. The tool is placed on the deck board which has previously been attached. The next board is then forced against the tool and then fastened at that joist. The tool then is removed easily by simply pushing it up in one direction or the other. The design of the tool makes it easily removable by using a lever action that removes it starting at one end of the tool until the only part of the tool touching the deck boards is the rounded end. The tool has a rounded end so that when applying the force required to remove it, the tool doesn't leave a mark or dent on the decking board.

2. Mark 16-Inch Center:
The tool can be used to mark the 16-inch centers. Simply place it at one end of the ledger board, and make a mark at the other end of the tool. The tool is then moved until the end of the tool is aligned with that mark. A new mark is then made at the other end of the tool. Marks are made in this way to the end of the ledger board.

3. Mark Boards to Be Cut:
This tool can be used as a square to mark the boards to be cut. These marks can be made at 90 degree as well as 45 degree angles.

4.Saw Guide
This tool can also be used as a saw guide.

5. Check if Decking is Square
This tool can also be used as a square to check whether the decking is remaining "square" in relation to the joists.

6. Check and Align Upright Parts of Railing
Finally, the tool can be used to check and align the upright parts of the railing. The alignment marks on the 12-inch leg of the tool gauge the spacing of the uprights on either 6 in spacing or 4-inch depending on local building requirements.

Target Market:

Companies that build decks as well as do-it-yourself home owners.

Note: Product is patented.

Inventor is seeking:

A company that will license the rights and will make, manufacture and distribute the product.

Contact information
Contact: Michael D. Anderson Title: Inventor
Organization: n/a
Address: 2702 E. Caley Ave Littleton, Co 80121
Phone: 303 794-6584
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