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Fix-It Chick: Tips for protecting a wood deck or fence using stain, finish

Wooden decks and fences last longer if they are protected with a stain or oil finish. Pressure treated lumber should not be treated with anything until after it has aged a full year. Cedar wood does n... read more

How to Revive an Ugly Deck

In very damp climates, where wood seldom has a chance to dry out, mold, mildew and surface stains can occur. To protect a deck, it needs to be finished with a sealer, stain or paint that rejects UV li... read more

Tools to protect decks, fruit trees, young plants and grass

Carpenter bees attacking your wooden deck or porch? Mike McGrath suggests homeowners try building the bees an alternative habitat, almond oil can also help. But applying a paint or wood stain will be ... read more

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How to clean your deck furniture

store the items indoors or use patio covers to protect them from snow or rain. Some furniture is water-resistant. If yours is not, coat the pieces with a sealant if you plan to leave them outdoors for ... read more


Adding a Deck: A Cost-Effective Way to Protect Your Home’s Value

The other way is to add outdoor structures. So maybe you have a flat lot that might not be conducive to a deck. Instead, you have some sort of a patio. It isn't necessarily a wooden deck, but you can ... read more

Bad advice is common when caring for decks

Many highly advertised products for sealing wood decks don't work properly because they contain tung oil, vegetable oil, linseed oil and animal fat. While these oils are used for their wood-protecting ... read more

When it comes to real-wood decks, redwood is the way to go

DEAR TIM: I'm about to build a new deck and love the look and feel of real ... and when you decide to build with wood outdoors in just about any location, you have to protect the structure from moistu... read more

The right wood for the job: Your guide to summer deck building

such as a ground level deck. Ground contact wood earns this designation because it has been specifically treated to protect against fungal decay and termite attack at and below the ground's surface. F... read more

Of Roof Decks and Duck Boards

The now ubiquitous wooden deck built of exposed dimensional lumber was rare ... the builders installed duck boards—panels consisting of sleepers overlaid with spaced decking—to protect the roofing and ... read more

Add Years To Your Deck's Life By Cleaning, Protecting Them

Bleach and protect Deck cleaners may darken some wood. To lighten it again, or to bleach out rust or other stubborn stains, wet the wood with water, then mop it with a 5-percent solution of oxalic aci... read more

How to protect your home this fire season

The basics of defensible space and the “home ignition zone” Zone 1 encircles the structure and all its attachments (wooden decks, fences, and boardwalks) for at least 30 feet on all sides. Zone 2 is 3... read more

Protect your fence or deck with waterproofing process

Drip a drop of water onto your deck or fence. If it absorbs into the wood, it is time to apply a protective finish. If your wooden deck or fence is over a year old and beginning to show signs of aging ... read more



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