Michael Dresdner

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Don’t fence me in

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Q: I have an older privacy fence made of staggered treated pine; the kind you buy in sections at Home Depot. Over the years the fence has grayed and I want to clean and stain it. My plan is to use deck cleaner and some light pressure washing to clean. Afterwards, I want to stain [...]

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Redwood stands alone

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Q: I am making a redwood raised planter bed using 2×6 material obtained from the local retail supplier. I elected not to use pressure treated wood because we intend on growing vegetables. Since the wood will be in direct contact with the ground, what type of finish would you recommend? A: Generally I don’t suggest [...]

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A stitch in time

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Q: Can you suggest a good finish for an unfinished pine outdoor swing? I want one that doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance and reapplication. A: The finishes that don’t require regular maintenance, such as a multi-coat exterior spar varnishes, will eventually fail, but when they do, the amount of work to fix them [...]

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Cedar Planter Box Considerations

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Q: I’m looking for something non-toxic to finish my raised cedar vegetable garden. A: You don’t need a non-toxic finish; merely one that won’t have any adverse affects on your plants, and that’s not the same thing. In truth, most any exterior deck finish will work just fine, and for that matter, so will leaving [...]

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Hit the Decks

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

It is that time of the year when our thoughts turn first to going out onto the deck or porch to enjoy the sun, and second to how ratty it has gotten since last year. Time to clean the deck, restore its color, kill the mildew, and recoat, not necessarily in that order. Here are [...]

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