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    Thanks, John. BTW, #4 was a joke (note the...

    Thanks, John.

    BTW, #4 was a joke (note the winky). That being said, your answer is sound advice.
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    I forgot to mention that I treated it with a...

    I forgot to mention that I treated it with a BLO/mineral spirit combo solution to help penetration. A few more quations, if you don't mind:

    1. If I let it dry long enough, will that kill the...
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    Mold/mildew on BLO treated oak barrels

    A little over three years ago, I purchased two Oak wine barrels for use at my daughter's wedding. I finished them with boiled linseed oil. They have been on our porch ever since. I live in the south...
  4. Australian Timber Oil - substitute for Boiled lindseed Oil?

    There's a Craigslist post where someone is selling some deck and siding stain, and one of them is Australian Timber Oil. ATO is listed as containing "long-oil alkyds, tung oil and natural linseed...
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    I don't remember, but probably not since I was...

    I don't remember, but probably not since I was using oil-based paint, and I bought the KILZ fro this project.

    I live in North Central Arkansas.
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    I was thinking that might be the case.

    I was thinking that might be the case.
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    This is not the usual strand board. It is...

    This is not the usual strand board. It is subflooring which is made with much smaller pieces, and is treated or sealed. I have scraps of it that have been out in the weather without any coating at...
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    Need Advice for re-Painting a Sign

    I have a sign on the front of my house. It's the name of the house, "Bethany". I made this sign out of pressure treated plywood, with letters cut out of strand board subflooring. I painted the...
  9. Thanks to all of you for commenting. I...

    Thanks to all of you for commenting.

    I decided to go with the "joists-on-top-of-beam" design, which doesn't use connectors at all. Thanks Mr. Cuetara for confirming my choice.

    I have done a...
  10. How were decks built before joist hangers were invented?

    I've been researching building a deck (there's a post just down from this one), and the more I look into the effects of the new kind of PT lumber, the less I like the idea of using Hot-Dipped...
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but there's no difference in sizing my beams, joists, etc. for a free-standing deck compared to one connected to the house. I might have to add bracing to stiffen it for...
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    That is a good point. In my case, however, I...

    That is a good point. In my case, however, I planned for the deck to be there when I built the house. There ledger would be tucked under the sheet metal finished vinyl siding.
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    I'm in a rural area, so I have no authorities to...

    I'm in a rural area, so I have no authorities to answer to on building anything.

    The main reason to not make it seperate from the house is that I'm going to have it right there at the house, so...
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    Deck Design - Joist and Beam layout

    I've been researching deck construction and designing it for the past year or so (on and off). It looks like I'll actually be able to put it in this summer.

    I have a question concerning the...
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