Deck Maintenance:

Regularly checking decks for weak spots in the flooring, wood rot and unstable posts or framework should be part of deck maintenance.

Signs that your deck may need replacing:

Split or decaying wood: Check the ledger board (where the deck attaches to the house), support posts, joists under the deck, deck boards, railings and stairs for wood rot. Look closely at areas that remain damp, are exposed to water, or are in contact with fasteners.

Hint: It could be decay if you can dig into one-quarter to a half-inch of wood with a screwdriver, break off a sliver of wood without splinters, or the wood is soft and spongy. Also, inspect for insect infestation.

Flashing: The metal or plastic guard keeps water and debris from collecting and is installed where the deck and house meet is flashing. Hint: If you notice areas collecting water, replace or add flashing.

Painting Tips:

HGTV Painting Guide                                                            Combine Colors Fearlessly

Don’t’…..allow those messy runs on the side of the paint can. Stretch a rubber band vertically over the can so that it runs across the open mouth of the can. You can now wipe your brush on the rubber band and the excess paint will fall neatly back into the can.

Don’t throw away old hardened  brushes….
They can often be salvaged by soaking them in hot vinegar.  Finally, comb the brush with an old fork.

Tip Of The Week: How To Clean Wicker Outdoor Furniture

Clean wicker furniture….

Cleaning wicker fuDSCN0274rniture by scrubbing with a stiff brush dipped in warm salt water.  The salt prevents wicker from yellowing.