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Old decks get slippery when from organic material and worse with wax based sealers. Then there is the cosmetic blemish of aging with black stains from slow drying areas. Stain looks great but slows down the drying out process which aggravates spots where water collects whereas as unfinished dries the quickest but turns grey from UV. Appearance will vary ...


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While the consensus so far has been 'get rid of them', my first question was, how to work with them? I'm not looking to just pay money to get rid of something that could've lasted for over a hundred years just fine. My first question is still unanswered, how to repair the metal wrapping over the wood? Going further, how would one restore the wooden gutters? ...


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Prep is always the most important step. Make sure the wood is dry. It shouldn't make too much of a difference that it rained after you sanded it down as long as it still has pores to absorb the stain. I always recommend placing a large tarp over the area so that if it does rain, you don't have to worry too much about your work.


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Hardness is a good way to check wood for damage without pulling it apart. Take a nail and press it into the wood where you know the siding is in good shape. Then, do the same where you suspect damage. If the wood is softer, then you can assume it has some amount of water damage. If you want a more direct, verifiable method your best bet is to yank a ...


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Use a Shop-Vac to blow into the line and a smoke bomb (such as a gopher smoke bomb) to introduce smoke. Then watch for smoke somewhere at the other end.



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