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Jan 15
2013

Old MacDonald Had Some Barnwood


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: safety, repairs, preservation, millwork, hardwood, exteriors

Mason:

What are the pros and cons of pressure-washing old barn wood, versus using a scrub brush?

 T.B.

 

Terry:

Good question.   The best method depends on the condition of the wood and your intent in regards its eventual use.

Pressure washing, in most instances, may seem the easiest, fastest way to clean the surface of old wood (whether you are trying to remove the aged patina, mildew, paint, etc).  If there is old paint on it, there may be concerns regarding the hazardous release of toxins from lead-based coatings (harmful to people and the environment).  Refer to the EPA RRP rule for handling

Feb 25
2009

Dr. House on Chasing Leaks


Posted by C. Mason Hearn | Tags: windows, window leaks, stucco, repairs, leaks, exteriors, cracks

Mason:

Here's one for you ... how do you fix a leaking window - in a stucco / concrete block house ... that comes somewhere from the wall above (appears above the window), but only when raining from a certain direction ... which no one else can isolate??

In addition, if this is helpful info to know or not (?) ... we also had the entire front face of the house re-painted with 2 coats of a professionally recommended "rubberized" paint that was supposed to give and expand better with the severe high temps we sometimes have here ... the thought supposedly was that it would help fix it by

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