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Cleaning / Re-staining Logs

Can you say HOT?

Okay, I took a side trip with my last post so it is time to get back to the main topic of this blog. You’ll notice that I haven’t posted anything in a week (sorry). When you see what has been occupying my time I think you will forgive me.

I chose the hottest week of the summer to launch a major project; I needed to re-stain my garage/shop and decided to do it last week. Great timing… we were seeing high 90’s and even some 100 degree weather, and that is NOT when I prefer to be working outdoors. Regardless, I had the time and wanted to get this behind me so Thursday I began pressure washing the building.

I used this project to create a short video about removing the old stain and wood discolorations with a pressure-washer and how the right tools can make such a chore a one man job.

If you have ever priced such jobs, you know how much it can run to have this done. The cost is in the labor and that isn’t cheap. I was quoted a price north of $4000 to strip and re-stain my 30′ x 30′ garage/shop’s log siding. I decided to do it myself because I’m a frugal fellow (my brides says I’m cheap), but I do enjoy DIY projects. Everything cooperated with my plan – except the weather.

In actuality, the weather was a mixed blessing. It was far too hot for my liking, but that oppressive heat dried my wet-washed siding in no time. To accommodate the broiling temps, I started early in the morning when it was still cool and quit early afternoon when the sun got high.

I needed to rent a “stick boom” (man lift) to reach the 24′ peaks and I would need it on two separate days. Day one to strip the high areas, allow a day to dry and then again on day three to apply the stain. Here’s a tip… at the rental company, I told them I’d need a half-day rental on Thursday and then another half-day on Saturday. I suggested they just leave it at my place (charge me for 1 full day) and pick it up Saturday unless they felt the need to make four round trips. That made sense to them so I was able to use the lift to trim a few branches and replace a chimney cover – all at no extra charge.

When it was all over, I had spent $400 – $500 and three days to complete a relatively big job (for one middle-aged guy), and we’re set for another 5-7 years before I need to do it again. In case you’re curious, I used about 5 gallons of stain, which I thought was pretty good since I had stripped the log siding down to bare wood. Read more about this project here…

My next DIY project will not be such an ambitious undertaking. . . maybe I’ll cut the grass (and no, I won’t film that one).

Enjoy your summer…

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