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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...empty walkout deck with stain-finished redwood railings
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Basics of Spray Painting

The idea of using a paintbrush to paint your entire home or building may seem overwhelming. Consistent brushstroke after brushstroke is required for a solid, uniform coat, taking a lot of time, meticulous detail, and risks of arm strain to get the exact look you want. Luckily, spray painting has turned this laborious task into something simpler and less time-consuming. After centuries of refinements , canned spray paint was perfected in 1949, and modern spray painting has evolved to become a superior method of painting, distributing paint more evenly than with brushstrokes or rollers. There are  two types of spray painters on the market: airless sprayers that are air-based and HVLP (High-Volume, Low-Pressure) sprayers. Airless sprayers use a combination of a paint container, hose, and gun to spray paint over a surface. The paint in the container filters through the hose...man wearing protective gear spray painting railings of a deck
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4 Easy Steps to Patching a Hole in Drywall

Owning a home is a dream for many people, and that dream requires occasional maintenance, like patching holes in walls. These are usually the result of simple accidents, but repairing them is important to maintain the value of your home. It can be a hassle, but repairing a hole is not a nightmare. In fact, it is one of the easiest home repairs that you can make! Follow these four steps to accomplish the simple fix. 1. Clean the Surface Before you begin repairing your wall, clean the surface where the hole is located. If you don't take the time to clean the to-be-fixed area, your paint may not seal correctly. To properly clean the surface for dirt, dust, and oils, lightly dab and wipe the area around the hole with a damp cloth and mild...man patching hole in drywall with spackling paste and putty knife
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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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Sand Surfaces the Right Way

You have decided to tackle the job of refinishing your hardwood floors. Unless your floors are badly warped, bowed, or the wood is splintering, you can likely do the job yourself. Properly planning and having the right equipment at the ready will make the job easier, so be sure you understand and have prepared yourself with the following details. Why Is It Important to Sand Surfaces Before Painting or Staining? Your main reason for refinishing your hardwood floors is that they no longer look nor feel new. Varnish may have worn away, the wood has scuffed, or it’s stained poorly. Sanding the surface before refinishing will remove the old stain, varnish, and dirt, allowing the new stain to adhere better to the wood. It will also help color be uniform throughout. Sanding will also even out...rolls of sand papaer on workshop table
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