227) Deck Stuff and Good-bye Thompsons WaterSeal

by Gail on May 7, 2016

D has built a deck for his incoming bee hives. I guess I was expecting something a little more subtle in the yard than an 8×10 deck with 2×4 fence posts. I thought he’d be using rebar posts for the requisite electric fence, to keep the bears out.

But, this is what it looks like:

He re-used the salvaged lumber I found, and much of it was painted white or grey. Uuuugly! I thought I’d better paint it before the bees arrive, so that I’m not suffering in a bee suit while painting. Plus, I don’t think bees appreciate odd smells, like acrylic paint, perfume and booze (although I’m using a low VOC stain.)

Using the Behr Weatherproofing stain that we used for all our exterior finishing, I painted it to look like it fits into our yard more harmoniously. I gave the horizontal surfaces two coats. It’s supposed to last 6 years on horizontal surfaces. Now, D can electrify fences to his heart’s content!

While I was in the deck-painting mood, and because we had some leftover paint, I thought I’d tackle that studio deck that I painted almost four years ago, with that nasty Thompsons Waterseal (TWS). I’ve been putting it off, because I didn’t want to have to strip it.

Turns out the weather did much of the stripping for me, and about 20 minutes with the belt sander finished the job. For once, a job turned out easier than I expected.

In about 1 hour, I stained that baby. Behr is much easier to clean up than TWS (which was NOT remotely water cleanup as the product label said.)

And said goodbye to that stupid mistake I made.

Sharing with: Amaze Me Monday, Rustic & Refined, Our Home Away From Home, Savvy Southern Style

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori May 9, 2016 at 5:34 am

What a difference! It looks beautiful! I’m intrigued by your bee thingy 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!


Nikki Gwin May 9, 2016 at 6:44 am

I need to know what color stain you used! I need to do mine and I just can’t get the motivation, but I think you might have just given it to me. 🙂


john October 27, 2016 at 5:05 am

Hi Gail
I was looking at your heating system ,We plan to build in the Roberts Creeks area.I was planing to in stall an Opel zero clearance fireplace for back up heat since I have access to a lot of wood and a heat pump. Have you been happy in the way the heat pump works.


Gail October 31, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for your question. We are currently considering adding a solar array, and the assessor asked me a similar question. Never having had a heat pump before, and having read of its fuel efficiency, I thought it would use less electricity than it does. We average about $55/month for all our electric power over the year – keep in mind our on-demand hot water heater and stove are natural gas – but don’t use the heat pump at all between May 1 and Nov. 1 (and use our thermal mass radiant fireplace during the cooler months.) I know this doesn’t sound like much, and that’s thanks to all the other features we incorporated in our home, like passive solar and spray-foam insulation in ceilings and all outside walls. It seems that the back-up furnace constantly comes on, and that is not particularly energy-efficient.

The solar assessor suggests that the heat pump can be set to not allow the back-up heat to come on until there’s a higher differential in desired heat vs actual interior heat. Currently, it comes on with as little as a degree difference, and seems to run constantly even when the desired heat is reached. So, the next step is to get a heating specialist in to try to re-set those differentials.

Another consideration: I think we might have been oversold a bigger back-up furnace than we’ll ever need. It’s like having two complete heating systems.

I would suggest that technology is overtaking some of our issues with the heat pump. I have been on Eco-home tours in the past couple of years – they are encouraging. Today’s heat pumps are much smaller, have in-wall venting, and I think they are more efficient. Check with your heating contractor, but they may not require back-up heating units.


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