Expert Council Q&A for 1-27-22 – Epi-3030 — 4 Comments

  1. be careful with aws ( and all “cloud” providers ) – bandwidth fees have a way of catching up fast. I would monitor and set budget alerts when using any cloud platform. I would also look at using cloudflare ( or something similar ) that does caching which can greatly reduce that cost.

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  3. For the person doing the deck. Kiln dry is fine. It’s about moisture rate. Exterior wood use vs interior wood use. Is a bit different. Exterior wood has a higher moisture rate. And for good reason.
    They might be experiencing too dry of wood. So that Thompson’s water seal is literally being soaked up. I’d also recommend a product called, Penofin over Thompson.
    I run a saw mill. I have 2 kilns. One electric for furniture grade woods, a solar kiln for more exterior use woods. And I also air dry. Each system has a philosophy of use and a desired use. I build custom furniture (both interior & exterior) and custom cabinets. A half ass decent moisture meter is about $300. I think it’s a great tool to have, if you have the means.
    Kinda like Jack said. Hit the deck once. Follow up in a month. Application wise. A rag (or a bunch of rags rather). Is a great way to apply stain. But all the decks I’ve built. I roll it out. Railings I apply by hand.
    Decks are not a cheap investment. No one tells you they take a shit ton of maintenance to keep up or the initial build. Depending how dry the lumber is. You might need to apply 3 coats in the first year. I know it sounds asinine. But I’m not blowin smoke. I’m always mindful of my clients investments when they are paying me.
    I hope I can add to the conversation in a positive way.