February 2018 (103)
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Applying Wood Stain & Sealer
Our friends at Ready Seal demonstrate how to apply stain and sealer to a new fence. This is a perfect DIY project because it is "Goof-Proof" giving a professional finish every time.
Selecting Building Materials for your New Deck
While there are more options than ever for decking, we take a look at the upsides and downsides of the three leading contenders you'll be considering when planning your deck.
Pressure-Treated Lumber
It's affordable, readily available, and easy to cut and fasten with nails or screws. Most is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs. PT Lumber is the #1 decking material sold today.
PT lumber is not very dimensionally stable, so it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. Routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck. This will include an annual power washing and an application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years.
Redwood & Cedar
It's the real deal. The choice of purist because of its rich color and natural beauty, and because it isn't soaked in chemicals or preservatives. Both species contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, decay and voracious insects.
Redwood and cedar each cost at least three times more than pressure-treated lumber. Redwood and cedar require an annual power washing and coat of finish every three to four years. You will also need to apply a water-repellant wood preservative to reduce checking (fine splits).

Composites and Plastic Lumber
Fastest growing portion of the decking material market today. Composites, like  Trex,  TimberTech CorrectDeck , and  Veranda , are composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic. The result is an extremely weather- and stain-resistant board that won't splinter, warp, rot or split.
Plastic lumber, like  Azek Deck,  ForeverDeck  and  Leisure Decking , is made from 100 percent plastic (recycled and/or virgin); it contains no wood fibers. It, too, is highly resistant to staining and decay, and free of knots, cracks and splinters. Prices vary, but composites are typically less expensive than plastic lumber. They're extremely low-maintenance and never need to be sanded, refinished or stained.
Mold and mildew can grow in shady, damp areas of the deck, and some composites can eventually show signs of decay, which makes sense since they are partly wood.
They just aren’t real wood.

Your Questions -- Jim's Answers
Toilet Pipes are Humming
Each time the toilet is flushed there is a humming sound from what sounds like inside the walls. Jim knows the first thing to check.

Wood Floor Finishing
Greg is deciding between installing pre-finished planks or finishing them after installation. Jim provides his perspective and steps to take to for best possible install.

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