Q: I have a small (12-foot-by-10-foot) wooden deck in my backyard, which was stained in redwood finish about three years ago. Some areas of the deck has weathered and faded. I am planning to restain the deck in the next week or so. Any advice on the preparation and staining techniques? --O.C. A: If it's been only three years, it sounds like the original material used to stain the deck might not been of the highest quality. I would suggest cleaning and prepping the deck using a product such as Wolman's DeckStrip, which will remove the old stain and prep the wood to receive new material.It's pretty easy to use, just follow the package directions. Then apply a new, high-quality, UV-resistant stain that's formulated for deck use. Depending on the weather conditions where you are, if you plan on reapplying the stain every two years you shouldn't have any further weathering problems. Q: I have a poured block foundation under my house that has developed a few thin vertical cracks...
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