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  1. Stair Help

    General DIY Discussions
    All wood pictured, excluding the banister & spindles, was covered in plush carpet. I have a more kid friendly/high traffic carpet being installed in 2 weeks to simply go down the stairs. I’m looking for advice on how to deal with the huge gaps all along the sides of the stairway along the...
  2. Blotchy Stain on Cedar Siding

    Painting
    My whole house has been sanded down in preparation for stain. The old cedar cleaned up way better than I thought it would. I did a test area using TWP 1500 series in pecan on the back of my house and thought it looked great (warm golden brown). However, another test spot on the front of the...
  3. Staining over Sikkens SRD

    Painting
    My house has Sikkens SRD semi-transparent stain. It only last about 4 years on the sunny side of my house. The prep is difficult compared to other products. Everyone whom I have asked said that I can't stain over that. Is that true? If it isn't, does Behr semi-transparent stain work over...
  4. Concrete Stain

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi There! I was wondering if you could offer some insight on this concrete staining project I took on over a very old damaged floor. I bought: Kemiko Stone Tone Concrete Stain (Aqua Blue) and I’m on my second coat and a lot of areas are not taking the stain but others are. I know this is due to...
  5. Best tool to stain 300' cedar fence?

    Painting
    After doing a bunch of research on stains for my untreated cedar fence, I came to the conclusion that Ready Seal is my best bet for staining. The fence is 1 year old and has not had any treatment/stain applied so I think it is just considered rough cut. I do not believe it is considered milled...
  6. Exterior Deck Stain Recommendation ?

    Painting
    Hello Everyone, I'm in NY and I completed a rebuild of my deck a few months back. It's 5/4 Cedar decking and I'm shopping around for a coating. I'm considering using a semi-transparent oil based stain - Any thoughts on this ? I would really appreciate advice on which products are best -...
  7. Blue streak on flooring

    Flooring
    Hello I noticed 2 blue streaks appear on our flooring from under the kitchen island heading directly towards the downstairs bathroom. Could this be a leak under the flooring? It could be a stain but I don't know how this could have appeared over night while we were all sleeping ! Image...
  8. Exterior 1 Termite 2 Sealer 3 Weatherproofer

    Painting
    The question is in what order? In what order would you apply--Termite repellent/Stain/Waterproof? Im using boracare and timbor for termite repellent, Thompsons water seal for weather proofing and oil based dark walnut stain. I think I should apply Boracare or Timbor first then oil based stain...
  9. Why does my deck sound like this? What can I do?

    Carpentry
    Hello, Attached is a video of me walking across my back deck. This home is new to us, so don't blame me on the deck's condition. :wink2: I still think I can salvage it, but what can I do to make the awful sound stop? We live in a high humidity area, is it because of moisture in the air? Should...
  10. Stain Cedar Gazebo

    Painting
    Looking at Floods CWF or Armstrong Clark Stain or any suggestion? Building cedar Gazebo with 1/2 walls and Bahama shutters. Looking for a semi transparent stain for the walls and structure. Solid stain for the shutters. All wood will be cedar. Lowest maintenance product is what I need. Both...
  11. Best finish for wood countertop - Butcher Block

    Carpentry
    I have a wood countertop that I'm refinishing. It currently has a dark brown stain and a heavy finish. I'm going to remove that and want to achieve a more natural feel. So what is best to finish a butcher block countertop? I don't like a heavy shine. I see oil and wax options out there, which...
  12. Get WD-40 stain out of colored concrete

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have unfortunately spilled some WD-40 on some fairly fresh colored concrete (unsealed). I’ve tried detergent, power washing and cat litter to try to remove the stain but I don’t see much improvement. I haven’t left the cat litter over night so that’s the next thing to try. Any ideas on how to...
  13. Protecting New Trim

    Painting
    I have new windows in most of my house and all have new pinewood trim with deep window casings and ledges. Also new pine doors with 5/4 trim and headers which have lots of beautiful knots. Since I'm renovating to sell I don't want to stain all this, I feel buyers will be more attracted to lots...
  14. Question: Cedar Shake Stain

    Painting
    Hello. I am a new homeowner and am seeking some advice for prolonging the life of the cedar shake on the side of my house. I have heard conflicting opinions on oil based stain and am hoping someone on here can help guide me. Most of our house is shielded and has maintained it's beautiful...
  15. Opinions of deck color

    Painting
    Hello all! We want to stain/paint our deck and are just not sure what color to go with and wanted to see what this communities opinions were. Also, what kind/brand of paint stain do you suggest. The house is a brick home that was recently painted a grayish white color? The front stoop also has a...
  16. Exterior stain to prevent mold growth

    Painting
    We have very well protected (from water and sunlight) soffits that are made of hemlock (yes, hemlock, they told us it would work nicely with the Daly's ship to shore). This hemlock also makes up the ceiling of a large outdoor patio area and three good sized porches all equally well protected...
  17. Home siding, beams, and trim need refinishing advice

    Painting
    Our home is about 6 years old and the wood siding, trim, and support beams are needing some attention (see attached pictures). My question is do I need to strip off the current stain to apply the same color or can I go right over the top? Hoping to get a little more than six years out of this...
  18. Stain Porch Posts and Ceiling

    Painting
    Porch stain questions... New cedar posts and wood ceiling. Ive never stained exterior wood before. I am thinking of trying a gel stain so I have less mess when staining above my head. 1. What pre stain prep do I need to do on the wood? For interior projects I've lightly sanded and used Minwax...
  19. Re Staining Concrete Flooring

    Flooring
    I am about to purchase a home with concrete flooring throughout. The concrete is stained and I don't like the color. I am sure that this is a DIY project but I am struggling to find guides. I have seen acid stained concrete floors that have cool overlays or areas where chemicals have reacted...
  20. Concrete has "wet" stains after five weeks - flooding

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Have a question on concrete flooring. We did the grinding and acid staining of our hallway flooring, plus a coat of sealer. A hot water pipe burst over christmas while we were away and flooded the house for a day. The concrete in the bedrooms (that had been finished before) dried fine, but...
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