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Roofers

Kearns Bros. Inc.

Experience counts! With over 17,200 roofs installed in Southeast Michigan, Kearns Bros. has the knowledge, experience and roofing system you need for your best and safest roofing choice. Serving Michigan since 1986.

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Toilets

Universal Plumbing Supply

Why settle for pictures when you can get a world of choice at Universal Plumbing? Choose from Michigan's largest selection of under mounted sinks, a display of 500 faucets and a huge collection of working toilets, vessles, tubs, spas & designer items.

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Heating & Cooling Contractors

Hartford & Ratliff

Michigan's premier residential, commercial and industrial "original hot water specialists". Servicing hot water heaters, pool heaters, boilers, and now plumbing, furnaces and air conditioners. Huge parts department for most makes and models of heating equipment.

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Hardwood Floor Care book

Nothing matches the warmth and style of a real wood floor.  You can keep it looking great with Glenn Haege's Complete Hardwood Floor Care Guide.  this book covers it all , from caring for new floors to cleaning, maintaining, and solving problems with your existing wood floors. It’s free!

Download the guide here

Stripping

The stain is still not off, what do I do?

If the surface is especially tough, use an environmentally friendly conventional wood stripper, like Bio-Wash Rinse or Peel or Citristrip from Specialty Environmental Technologies.

Apply the product very liberally, like you were frosting a cake; put a cheap plastic drop cloth over the affected area and let it do its work for four to twenty-four hours. Then scrape the stripper and (hopefully) the stain or sealer off with a plastic spatula. Wash down the area.

If that does not work, let the wood dry for a couple of days and sand off the remainder with an orbital sander.

There are some coatings like Sikkens Cetol DEK(3), Rubbol DEK or Rhinoguard Wood Defense that are so tough that a heavy duty floor sander is (almost) the preferred method of removal. Check your local equipment companies and see if they rent the Clark EZ 8 floor sander. I prefer the EZ 8, because it gives you excellent control. The necessity to sand is not a failure on the part of the deck finishes or their manufacturers. When you want, and pay for, something as strong as cast iron, you can't complain when it hangs tough. That's its job.

(3)The only deck strippers that did a halfway decent job removing the five year old Cetol DEK finish on our test deck were Bio-Wash Stripex L and Specialty Environmental's Woodpal Deck Stain & Finish Remover. Keep in mind that we did not test every stripper, so we cannot make a blanket statement.


Chapters

Deck Woods
Deck Maintenance
Brightening
Stripping
Sealing and Staining

Pick a topic from "Stripping"

How can I tell when wood needs to be stripped?
I can't see sealer anymore. Can I just restain it?
What should I use to strip a deck?
Which strippers do your recommend for tough jobs?
What procedure should I use to strip a deck?
Any advice on stripping spindles?
Do I need a pressure washer for this job?
The stain is still not off, what do I do?



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