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I complain all the time that we live in a disposable society made worse and worse by manufacturers who make things that don’t last. As the prices go down the quality follows – think Ikea – and rather than repair a piece of furniture or a device, it just gets hauled to the curb. If you like to make things work again like I do, here some things that might interest you.

Ben Moore Stain on TV

Here’s a very watchable video about prepping and staining exterior wood decks. Sharon Grech and Cityline show prep products and talk about how to stain wood right.

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End Rot Wood Repair by System 3

Wood outdoors in in Miami needs good protection to keep it from damage. There are a lot of different ways to try to protect wood, but eventually nature takes its toll. On some pieces,  a stair tread on a deck for instance, it may be best to just replace the bad item. Some things […]

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Dad’s Easy Spray Paint Remover

With the economy as bad as it is I wonder if we’ll be seeing a move back toward keeping and restoring. The new furniture made from chipboard is sure cheap but is it worth keeping over the long run? If you are the sort that has some old pieces that need fixing up, stripping […]

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BLISTERING: Bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface

POSSIBLE CAUSE: – Painting a warm surface in direct sunlight. – Application of oil based or alkyd paint over a damp or wet surface. – Exposure of latex paint film to dew, high humidity, or […]

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