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Old 12-03-2011, 01:08 AM   #1
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I have a problem with my purple heart decking around my pool. It seems to go 'furry' for want of a better word. I have a mineral pool so I dont know if that is the cause of the problem or what.
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hard to say, purple heart is one of those woods that reacts differently to be exposed to different things. a good friend of mine is also a carpenter and plays around with purple heart when doing things at home. baking it makes it a darker shade of purple.. wiping vinegar will brighten it.

search purpleheart characteristics you should be able to find a few things that way

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What is "purple heart"? Redwood or something?
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I would have sanded the fuzzy areas, vaccuumed it off and apply a clear wood preserver on it. That would seal the pores so the water and chemicals should just be on the surface.
We do it all the time on decks and dock for people that still what that natural look of real wood.
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First, can you post pictures.

Second, you say you have a mineral pool. As you monitor it, what is the PH like on a regular basis? How wacked does it get when you put people in it and what do you do to correct?

My guess is the PH of the pool water is so far off from the wood of your deck that you have to adjust one or the other. You could try to seal the deck but plan on a lifetime of maintenance thereafter.

Do not take this personally, but you are probably not watching and managing the PH of the pool to start? I know this is a DIY site but you might want to at least talk with a pool maintenance company?
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First, can you post pictures.

Second, you say you have a mineral pool. As you monitor it, what is the PH like on a regular basis? How wacked does it get when you put people in it and what do you do to correct?

My guess is the PH of the pool water is so far off from the wood of your deck that you have to adjust one or the other. You could try to seal the deck but plan on a lifetime of maintenance thereafter.

Do not take this personally, but you are probably not watching and managing the PH of the pool to start? I know this is a DIY site but you might want to at least talk with a pool maintenance company?
PH is on the money. I check and balance water every month when pool is in use. I choose the purple heart as it was recommended by merchant for long life......... maybe I just got ripped!!!! I seal the deck with a pigmented sealer once a year as per ther recomendation
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What is "purple heart"? Redwood or something?
Very dense hardwood. they give it 25 years if in salt water
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maybe I just got ripped!!!! I seal the deck with a pigmented sealer once a year as per ther recomendation
Now we are getting somewhere. What is the PH of the sealer. Get where I am headed with this?

Again, please edit your profile so we know if you are in Kansas or I am guessing, Florida? Odds of you having a mineral swimming pool in London or Sydney are slim?
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Not too sure about the PH of the sealer, may be able to find out but unfortunatly like most suppliers when there is a problem they dont want to know. And close I live in Auckland, New Zealand
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http://www.thewoodbox.com/data/wood/purpleheartinfo.htm
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Holy crap!

You can afford to have Purple Heart for decking?

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Holy crap!

You can afford to have Purple Heart for decking?

Andy.
Was thinking the same. And complaining about it checking? But let's play this out.

Obviously a guy with purple heart as pool decking is not doing a lot of his own DIY work? Someone is for him though. And they coated it. First and biggest mistake.

I used to nail decking to restored sailboats. Only once could a client afford purple heart. Usually I had to settle them on something like teak. DO NOT EVER OIL OR TOUCH IT WITH ANYTHING. Most listened. Those who did not? And added coatings? Slipped and fell overboard I hope.
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I am sorry but yes I did pay a couple of carpenter friends of mine to help with my deck. I did this as the cash out lay for the purple heart(about US$3000 for about 2000 ft give or take some exchange rate) was alittle much for me to risk with my DIY skills.
As far as oiling the timber, that came direct from the supplier of the timber. When I dont know something I ask(hence the posting on this website) the purple heart was recommended to me as it was a wide boarded hardwood with next to no bleeding, someting I thought would be good around my new swimming pool and long life and durability. And yes I used about 2000 stailness steel screws to screw it down with!
I posted this in an attempt to find out if anyone else had had a problem with this product in this situation.
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Sorry Derek but I kind of doubt you will find too many people that have used Purple Heart in a situation anything similar to yours.

It is just not heard of around here, and by around here I mean the US of A.

At least not that I know of.

Now some one from the Gulf states will say " Andy you dumb-a$$ know nothing, it's used here all the time".

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All good Andy. Another reason for the purple heart was it was different from kwila and other hardwoods or pine which are the common decking timbers used in NZ.
It was worth a try. Thanks for your input

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