Last week we talked about cleaning and staining the garage floor and taking care of all cracks. So I got a few questions after that about wooden decks. Especially the pressure treated wood decks. Wolmanized pressure treated wood, kiln dried after treatment is what most people use on their decks. And those decks never rot. Even around water. But what pressure treated wood does do it dry out, and splinter. So how do you take care of that? You stain. I like to use either Super Deck, or Maxum, and recently I have found Cabot that I really like. If your deck has turned dark from dirt and mildew and needs cleaning use the 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner. It comes in a quart ready to use and also in a gallon concentrate. Just mix one gallon of 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner with one gallon of water and put in a pump up sprayer. They even make a pump up sprayer made just for 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner . While your deck is dry, apply the 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner , and keep it wet for 5 minutes. Then scrub with the grain of the wood using a broom and rinse with clear water. Let dry. The 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner will also work on concrete, ceramic outdoor pots, awnings, stepping stones, in fact it works on just about everything. And it’s made in the USA. The quart sells for under 10, and the gallon for under 15. After cleaning the deck, pick the stain that you want to use. The reason we like the Super Deck is because it’s real easy to use. Put it in a pump up sprayer and spray the deck in light even coats. Keep a roller handy in case you need to roll out a puddle of stain. If the stain puddles, it will stay tacky. If you have hand rails, roll those also. Maxum is a great stain also and made by Coronado. The Sheer Naturals are water borne and so clean up is easy. This mildew resistant stain is fortified to withstand a lot of foot traffic. Maxum is used the same way, pump up sprayer and roll out any puddle. A lot of my customers have recently asked me to get them the Australian Timber Oil made by Cabot. This stain was originally formulated for the dense woods of Australia. It’s made with 3 different oils for supreme penetration. It also has iron oxides for UV protection. If it’s tough enough for the Outback, it’s probably good for Texas. And that’s it. As always if you have a question about your deck, email me and I will get back in touch with you. Everything is easy if you know how to do it, and you have the right tool.

Now to some great email ……

Question: I know that you like a certain hand held water nozzle. I am really trying to hand water my yard this year. I want to make it as easy as possible. So which one do you use?

Answer: I like the Little Big Shot. It gives you 40% more water pressure than any other garden hose nozzle. And it’s light weight. Made of brass and stainless steel, and has a leak proof closure. It is adjustable and has a pin point accuracy even under low pressure. And it is made in the USA.

Question: I have seen those ribbon hoses advertised and wondered about them. Do they really work well under a lot of use? Cos they are not cheap!

Answer: We went thru a few manufacturers before we found one made by Dap. That one is called XPro, by Dap and comes in a 50ft length. It has brass fitting, and has a normal sized cut off. Now here is a little trick we have learned. When you turn off the hose, leave the nozzle you are using open while turning off the water. That way no pressure builds up in the hose. That kind of pressure will even bust a normal garden hose.

Hey, we found this nifty little tool for the outside area. It’s called a Nozzle Caddy. Put it right on the outside faucet pipe it has two caddies to hold your outside water nozzles or sprinklers. No more lost nozzles or rusty ones because they are lying in the grass. It will mount to PVC, or zip tie to your chain link fence.