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Are you a steel fabricator, general contractor, or engineer looking to learn about metal decking? Learn about roof deck, floor deck, Punchlok. Read our metal deck blog.

Robert Rubio

Robert Rubio is the President of Western Deck & Steel Erection. He has been in the steel construction industry since 1970 and is a Journeyman Local 433 Iron Worker.

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How to | Metal Deck | Roof Deck

By: Robert Rubio
May 22nd, 2020

If you are a steel fabricator and new to metal deck installation then installing a metal roof deck may seem like a complicated process. In fact, you won't find much help on the internet in terms of how to actually install a metal roof deck.

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By: Robert Rubio
May 1st, 2020

  When you have a metal deck job and are asked to provide a bundling and location plan, you may find it to be overwhelming. A multi-story building can have metal deck that needs to go to many different areas. Metal deck bundles are heavy and typically over 20 feet long. They are not easy to move around, so you want to make sure you have a good bundling and location plan.

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How to | Metal Deck

By: Robert Rubio
April 10th, 2020

At a basic level, it is very easy to bid a metal decking job. All a subcontractor has to do is decide on a price and submit a bid. However, this strategy will not usually result in making a profit. In fact, most of the time this strategy will result in LOSING MONEY.

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How to | Metal Deck | PunchLok II

By: Robert Rubio
March 19th, 2020

If this is your first time encountering a job with the Punchlok II tool requirement, you probably have a few questions. You’ve probably already learned where to get the PunchLok II tool, and what the tool used for. But one of the most important questions that you probably have is: how do I operate the PunchLok II tool?

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Metal Deck | Vented

By: Robert Rubio
March 13th, 2020

  Vented metal deck is not a typical callout. If you are a contractor and deal with metal deck regularly, then you already know that. But what happens when you suddenly find yourself with a project calling out for vented metal deck? What is vented metal deck? And do I really need it?

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Metal Deck | PunchLok II

By: Robert Rubio
February 19th, 2020

If you have Punchlok metal deck specified on your job, you might be wondering what it is. If you already know what it is, then you probably want to know how to get your hands on a Punchlok tool. Western Metal Deck is here to help. We have been supplying Punchlok Metal Decking and the tool since the first Punchlok system was introduced over a decade ago.

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Metal Deck | Button Punch | Pneumatic Parker Punch

By: Robert Rubio
January 30th, 2020

The most common type of sidelap connection for metal decking is the button punch. To perform a button punch, you will need to use a button punch tool. But where can you find one of these tools? And how do you go about renting or purchasing one?

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Metal Deck | B Deck

By: Robert Rubio
January 7th, 2020

Type B Deck is the most common structural metal decking in the industry. It is an ideal structural substrate on short to medium span conditions that range from three feet to ten feet in distance. B Deck is lightweight, strong, economical, and easy to install. The panel in the image below is 1.5” deep and 36” wide. It also has 6 (6” wide) ribs with a male and female leg to create an interlocking sidelap.

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Metal Deck

By: Robert Rubio
October 24th, 2019

Metal Decking is manufactured in a few different forms. The two most commonly used are Composite Metal Floor Deck and Non-Composite Metal Roof Deck. It is important to know the difference when you go to purchase, so that you order the correct type.