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Changes to Pressure-Treated Lumber Add Extra Step to Staining

If you have a deck, chances are it's made from pressure-treated lumber. If your deck was recently built, you should know that federal changes to pressure-treated lumber now requires an extra step in time when staining to return a pleasing deck. Avoiding this step will result in splotchy, uneven results. Before you stain, understand the changes done and how they affect your next project. Changes in Compounds From 1975 to 2003, pressure-treated lumber was treated with a compound known as Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), a preservative with fungicidal and pesticide properties. Lumber was dipped into CCA and then exposed to high amounts of pressure that force the preservative deep into the wood, hence the term "pressure-treated lumber."  In 2004, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) banned CCA-treated lumber use for residential purposes. This is part...empty walkout deck with stain-finished redwood railings
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Paint with Stencils to Liven Up a Room

Picking the right look for your home helps if you know all the options available. If you are looking at home magazines and aren't too thrilled with walls of solid color, you will be glad to know that you aren't stuck with blank spaces. You can use stencils smartly to create dynamic patterns to bring vigor to a room. Having a pattern on a wall can provide an exciting accent to any room, and it allows you creative freedom to match your patterned furniture or other décor. Painting with stencils lets you pick a theme for a room, personalize it, and let your inner artist truly express what the world needs to know about your room. Stencils are easy to find; they are in most home improvement stores, so you can buy them when you get...close-up of white wall painted with repeating leaves stencil
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Prevent Mildew from Surfaces to Avoid Growing Disaster

Spring has arrived and with it also several months of rain. While that heavy rainfall is good for grass and vegetation, it can also make your exterior surfaces magnets for mildew. Mildew seems like a small problem. At first it may be nothing more than a few unsightly spots. Eventually it can become a major issue that can lead to health problems for you and your loved ones, like respiratory difficulties, headaches, fatigue, and possibly mood changes. Mildew can also damage your landscaping, as well as any previous paint jobs, causing paint to lose its adhesiveness. While there are many ways to eliminate mildew, the best is always prevention. So how do you prevent mildew from forming on your exterior surfaces? To properly answer that question, you need to have a firm understanding of what causes...spotty mildew stains on wall
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Differing Preparation Procedures for Different Substrate Materials

There are many variables to consider when thinking about painting a commercial building. Preparation of the space is by far the most important aspect. How the area is prepared will determine the success and, ultimately, the life of the paint job. However, not all surfaces can be prepared using the same technique, as one preparation for one type of surface could actually cause damage to another. For example, metal and wood require completely different methods. Be sure to know how to properly prepare the surfaces before starting your project. Preparing Wooden Areas One of the first things a professional painter does is perform a test in an inconspicuous area, where the paint is worn. They clean the surface with soap and water, and then rinse the area well. They allow plenty of time for the area...white commercial building with clear skies
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