The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Deck stain seems too complicated...just let that shit go au natural.
     


  2. Ataturk

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    Snoogz: my gut says your tree will be OK if you stay the course. But I'm no expert, so, you know, good luck.

    So I put the sod down, didn't like it, ended up pulling it and regrading part of the yard to fix the drainage, then somehow got roped into helping my neighbor's wife sod half their front yard. I had noticed the sodded half was drying out and she somehow became convinced the stuff on the pallets would die if it wasn't laid down today. Damn, I'm tired.
     


  3. brokencycle

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    I've never considered that. I suppose that would require me completely strip everything off. Don't you have to worry about rotting or anything else?
     


  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    Depends on the type of wood mostly, and the conditions. I helped my father build a deck in ipe, and that stuff is incredibly tough. It's been unfinished for three years with exception to sealing the end grain and is totally unaffected. He literally just power washes it in the spring.

    I built a table in padauk a few years ago originally finished it, but the finishes started to peal after two years in the elements completely uncovered. It's now just unfinished and doing fine.
     
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  5. otc

    otc Senior member

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    My grandparents had a fairly extensive deck at their cottage made from treated pine. I do remember replacing a couple of rotting boards once every few years... But that is a hell of a lot less work than than staining such a large area.

    All of the fire escape "decks" on walkup apartments around here are also unstained pine and they seem to hold up well with zero maintenance.

    Of course you have to be OK with a grayish deck more than a brownish deck.
     
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  6. Snoogz

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    I would assume staining a deck is similar to staining a fence or playset.

    I recently hand stained a playset using a weed sprayer canister and a brush. It was effective, but took awhile.

    I recently purchased an electric stain sprayer. Similar to a paint sprayer, but meant for stains (less thick). I've yet to try the sprayer out, but am looking forward to doing so on our bakyard partitioned picket fence I'm in the process of completing. If all goes well, the fence is next.
     


  7. jbarwick

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    We stained the deck at the old house and it sucked. Too little stain and it doesn't work and too much stain is bad. I think I was slightly over-stained.

    The in-laws are here this weekend and my FIL said we needed to trim the lower level tree limbs to help get sunlight. I mowed the backyard while he trimmed trees in the front. So. Many. Branches. So I had to cut up a bunch of branches to lay them in a pile and then mow the front. How much light did this add? None. The damn top branches are the ones blocking the light but apparently I don't know what I am talking about. I'm tired.
     


  8. brokencycle

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    I think I may just bite the bullet and do it with a brush versus a roller.
     


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    Lots of the pros use an airless sprayer to cover 15-20 sq. ft. at a time and then go back over the wet stain with a stain brush to smooth it out. I have yet to tackle my fence, but that's how I intend to do it. If you are using a different stain than the one that is currently on the deck, you do need to get the old stuff completely off, first. The quality of the prep job is more important than the quality of the stain application.
     


  10. Snoogz

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    Technically for my fence, I am going to be using more of a sealer with absolutely minimal pigment to it. Seeing as I'll probably re-seal it every 3 years, is it imparitive I use the exact same product many times over?
     


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    Just closed today on my own personal shit-hole. California is too damn expensive-especially compared to my household income.

    $280,000 for a 1946 cinder block house with BEAUTIFUL green vinyl siding. This is the best we could find after a year of looking. At least the previous owner's did a bunch of work, un-permitted work. . . no more nice shoes for me.

    Anyone here ever replaced their own windows? There are still 4 single pane windows I need to replace.
     
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  12. texas_jack

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    congrats
     


  13. brokencycle

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    I had a couple replaced I just had Lowes subcontract the installation because it was very reasonable, and I saved the sales tax on the windows. One of the windows replaced was in place with about an inch of spray foam all the way around it to hold it in place - window was too small for the hole. It took three guys with crowbars to get it out.
     


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    Don't sound too excited now . . .
     


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    What did the inspector say about the house? My wife thought some minor brick mortar was bad...couldn't imagine her with non-permitted work.
     


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