Deck finally done!!

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  1. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    So I started powerwashing my deck way back when in June. I believe around the 21st.

    The deck was in bad bad shape. I should have taken a before image, but I didn't think of it at the time. I was able to find a pic of the deck from this year, but it is crappy.

    So here is the before:
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    After powerwashing the deck, I realized it need to be sanded. Too many years of wear and tear with no TLC left it in bad shape. Luckily there was no rot.

    So the fun began. I first had to take about 6 hours or so to drive the nails all the way into the boards. Fun, it was not. I actually have decided to use that as punishment for my child when he gets older.

    I then rented a belt sander to try to sand the deck. that was a big no go, as it was taking forever. However the belt sander was good for the rails and made light work of them.

    I then got a stand up vibrating sander to do the main deck area. That worked great.

    I then used a finishing sander to get the banisters and anything else. Just to smooth it out a bit.

    After sanding, I realized I needed new hand rails. The old ones were just too splintered. So I bought new ones and replaced them. Then I sanded again.

    All in all, I think I spent close to 15 hours or so sanding! These were my results after sanding:

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    After I was done, I read that I should wash and brighten the deck. So after looking, I did have some spots that needed help. So I washed and brightened the deck.

    I was all ready to put on the sealer, when the wife said, "maybe we should add some tint to give it some extra life." Famous last words. So I call up my stain place to place an order for Natural Pine color. 3 days the guy says. 2 weeks later, boom, stain finally comes in.

    It was about 1 month since I washed and brightened, so I did it again to be safe. Was about to seal again, and then the weather set in. Rain for 3 days. 2 days to dry off, and I am about to go to town and finish the bad boy.

    Of course, the weather forecasters predict rain. Day 1, no rain. Day 2, no rain. Day 3, fuck it, I am doing it rain or no rain.

    I used a paint brush to do the whole deck. It took me 8 hours to do all the outside boards and all of the latice and so on. That was over 2 days. Then rain came, and I let it stand.

    Yesterday was actually an awesome day. Slightly over cast, in the 70s. Perfect weather for staining. Took me 6 hours and I did all the boards minus 4 so that I could get back into the house. This morning, I finished it all up! Thank god.

    Here is the final. I painted the trim to the door way as well.

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    And here is how well it beads after the rain. This Defy Extreme Stain: Natural Pine is great stuff for a water based sealer!

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    If I could do it all over again, I would have just built a new deck from scratch. It would have been quicker then all the shit I did. So if you can learn from me, I suggest:

    - Build new if you can (replacing boards is not hard).
    If you insist on cleaning then:
    - Powerwash with deck cleaner, and use the lightest nozzel to powerwash.
    - If you need to sand, get a belt sander for the hand rails and get a vibrating sander for the boards.
    - Always brighten, comes out nicer.
    - Use Defy Extreme Stain, that stuff is incredible. I have to see the long term results of it, but even with it on, I can see a drastic difference from when the deck I used Thompson's. Thompson's only lasted 6 moths!

    Lastly, I think there is a sector in hell reserved for sinners who are damned to finish decks. It is that annoying to do. So if you tackle this project, be warned!

    While doing this, I removed 12 abbreviate trees and put up a vinyl fence in the back of the house (had vinyl on the side, and rotted wood in the back that the trees were hiding). This week I am going to pick up the Sod and finish off my backyard. Very excited to be all done. All in all I will have a new deck and have added about 500 sq feet to my back yard for my son to play in. Also, the deck is now a safe splinter free zone for him as well.
     
  2. Satomiblood

    Satomiblood Prototype Black

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    This belong in Radicons, bro :lol 
     
  3. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    If I would have switched out the banisters and the vertical boards like I wanted to, I may have just done that. My wife convinced me to leave it as is and just stain it.

    I guess I am happy I did. Having to stain 100 2x2 would have no been fun.
     
  4. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Now wait for it to get struck by lightning and burst into flames.

    Alucard77 (on knees, shaking fists to the skies): "Daaaaamn youuuuuu, weatherrrrrrrrrr!!!"

    :p 
     
  5. opt1musaber

    opt1musaber Victory Saber's Recruit

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    Nice work.
     
  6. TigerBlade

    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    Awesome work man! Gives me inspiration to demolish a garden then lay 64m2 of artificial lawn in less than two weeks........



    Kinda......




    :inquisiti 
     
  7. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    At this point, I consider it done. So lightening strikes it, then what was meant to be will be. My family will eat on a half burned deck and like it. I ain't touching that bitch until next year!

    Haha, good luck. Hopefully that will be an easier job though.
     
  8. TigerBlade

    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    Not in the forecast heavy rain & pneumatic drills that are needed to take up a garage foundation.

    But yeah...should be fun :D 
     
  9. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    You didn't mention the heavy drills and foundations. Damn!

    Good luck. That is a pain in the ass. Wait till you hit the re-barb.
     
  10. Chaos Muffin

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    Looks pro, nice job.
     
  11. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    No where close to pro, btw. Unfortunately I have a couple of drip marks on the side. Oh well, I learned how to stain in either case, and there are only like 2 or 3 drip marks, so not the end of the world.

    This stain was a pain. It is good but requires you to do 2 coats. A "wet on wet application". I ended up with a good technique by the time I got to the boards, but the wet on wet makes it take twice as long.

    That shit better last 2 years as everyone is saying it does. If that shit last 6 months, I will kill everyone. LOL.

    Also, I keep reading that Brightening the deck after cleaning is what gives it a nicer look. So if anyone does this, don't forget the brightener.
     
  12. transtrekkie

    transtrekkie On the level.

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    I'll have to view it later as the pics aren't showing up here at work, but congratulations, I know you put a lot of hard work into it.
     
  13. ILoveDinobot

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  14. Chaos Muffin

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    You have a big deck. It's takes a real deckhead to know this stuff.
    Watchout for slugs, they're real decksuckers.
     
  15. Alucard77

    Alucard77 Kaon Gladiator Champion

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    Really? Shit, never knew that. I actually killed a couple of slugs during the deck cleaning process. Little guys fizzed right up. I kinda felt bad that they had to die in the process, but now, F them. Little deck sucking bastards!
     
  16. Barricade24

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    Gorgeous! Nice work. :thumb 
     
  17. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Cool. :thumb 
     
  18. AutoBobby

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    You should've painted a big Autobot logo on there.
     
  19. Alucard77

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    Yeah, wife would have loved that. She would have said, "all that work and now you need to start over again, that sucks!"
     
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    So no rain or ruined paint? No grouching around the house? No bitterness?

    Can my dad have your autograph?
     

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