Is This Wood Still Good? (Water Stained or Rotten)

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Aho, Aho, Aho, Aho

Aho, Aho, Aho

Aho, Aho, Aho

Can a knife cut through your still water?
Aho, Aho, Aho
In the mountain hides a sweet daughter
Aho, Aho, Aho
Like a bird I fly through the ages
Aho, Aho, Aho
And this is how I turn back my pages

Everything under, the rain and the thunder they pull
Melodies open, the bird it has spoken in full
Down on the river, the boat man delivered the name
And now I repeat it to swallow the secret untamed

Aho, Aho, Aho

Can a knife cut through your still water?
Aho, Aho, Aho
In the mountain hides a sweet daughter
Aho, Aho, Aho
Like a bird I fly through the ages
Aho, Aho, Aho
And this is how I turn back my pages

Turn it back, turn it back
Back when the sweet moon song never lacked
Back when the land was filled with warriors
Sweet euphoria, that was a fact
Back when I never ever counted those leaves on the...

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Whose woods these are I think I know

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was first published on March 7th, this day in 1923. The story goes that Frost wrote this poem in a few minutes, after being up all night writing another. He took a sunrise walk, and got an idea.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Stopping by Woods...

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Fw: Fwd: Old Sayings and How They Got Started...

Urine was used to tan animal skins, so families would pee in a pot. Once a day the pot of pee was taken to the tannery and sold to them...if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor." Worse than that, the really poor folk who couldn't afford to buy a pot...they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & they were considered the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . .. . brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege...

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Wood is no doubt one of the most versatile materials for construction purposes. Nevertheless, wood obtained from almost all varieties of trees are susceptible to termites, insects, bacteria, fungi, and other microbes. When wood comes in contact with atmospheric moisture or the ground for a certain period, it gets easily attacked by microbes and pests, thus reducing its durability. This is where the question of pressure treatment comes to the picture. Pressure treated lumber refers to wood that has been exposed to chemical preservatives under increasing pressure, so as to make it insect resistant.

Procedure

Irrespective of whether it is an old post or newly purchased pressure treated wood, proper staining is a good approach to restore its color, appearance, and strength. Painting treated lumber should be avoided as the paint holding capacity of such wood is very low. It is to be noted that the chemical preservatives used in the making of pressure treated wood may be...

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Cutting down old mature trees can be done in very little time, but once cut it will take decades to replace. Shouldn't the decision to cut down any tree be given due consideration?

No one likes to see trees cut down, especially for no good reason. Though cutting is necessary at times for public safety. Some cringe at the idea of cutting down any tree. This is usually due to a philosophical precept formed through a combination of family background, education and association. But if we never cut down trees, how could we get the fuel and fiber we need to provide warmth, shelter and the thousands of other products derived from trees?

At times, a decision to cut down a tree can changed, when unforeseen, negative consequences of cutting it down become apparent. Perhaps a historical value previously unknown, is discovered and now must be included in the decision making process. Or a legitimate environmental issue comes to light and may call for a change of plans. So many...

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technology is a bad" thing in the sense that it creates an unsustainable evolution of mankind in which we find ourselves so dependant on technology that if we were to be without it, the human race would not be able to survive... Although it is a long way off, eventually humans will loose their basic natural survival instincts and be completely incapable of living in the natural environment for which we were designed because we will have adapted to a technological world. For example, if someone were to launch an EMP at the U.S. military, most of it's firepower would be rendered useless and they would be overcome and defeated by guerrilla soldiers who had been forced to learn to live without technology and had learnt to live naturally Eventually, there will no longer be people such as guerrilla soldiers, who can thrive without technology, because it will become so readily available.
On the other hand however, technology is great in the short term because it makes our live...

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Happy Friday! I have lots of crafty things planned this weekend to reveal next week, but today I want to talk a little more about the headboard I made for the guest room last weekend. Building it worked out just how I wanted it to, but I definitely didn’t plan on leaving the pine bare. Since I’m going for a rustic farmhouse kinda vibe, I wanted to somehow achieve the look of aged/weathered wood. I hated the idea of using an oil-based stain in the middle of winter when I can’t open the windows or go outside, because the fumes are killer. So I searched around on Pinterest and found a few great blog posts (click/click/click) that offered up a great solution using products that you probably already have in your house (and if you don’t, they’re easy to find and cheap to buy).

Here’s what you need:

Black teabags Grade #0000 steel wool Distilled white vinegar (I’ve heard apple cider works too, but I used white) Cheap paintbrushes

Here’s the general idea: There’s...

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Timber frame construction is a common form of construction, particularly for homes and low-rise buildings. It is a method of fitting wood beams and boards together to form a latticework frame, almost like a skeleton. There are several advantages to this type of construction but there are also disadvantages that you should be aware of before deciding if it fits your needs.

Fire, Water and Bugs

Wood is a porous and very combustible material, susceptible to water, fire and bugs. Water can be absorbed into the material, causing it to rot and mould, which can compromise the strength and cause adverse health effects. This can be a major problem in humid or damp climates. Wood is also very flammable, which makes the material a fire hazard. Carpenter ants and termites love to eat wood framing, seriously impacting the strength of the construction.

Environmental Impact

Logging for timber framing can have a major environmental impact. Producing boards and beams...

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Technology keeps getting better. Do our lives get better as a result? In certain specific ways, maybe yes, but in general, I would say, not really. How is that possible? I think there are two big things at work. Technology is evolving semi-independently of the humans that produce it. We don’t control the evolution of our tools any more than we control the evolution of our gut fauna or infectious diseases. Also, the pace of technological change is a lot faster than the pace of our genetic evolution. Our brain anatomy is having a hard time keeping pace with the changes in the world that we’re making inadvertently with our tools.

The Stone Age was long, modernity is short

There have been anatomically modern humans for a million years at least. For nearly all of that time, we didn’t make much progress on the technology front. Only in the past forty or fifty thousand years has there been the fast technological change that brought us to our present state. Jared...

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Old houses are constantly having to deal with wood rot and insect damage. While the old-growth wood used in houses built before the turn of the 20th Century are a more rot resistant wood than anything available today, no wood is rot or insect proof.

Insects and fungi (aka rot) love soft wood. Preferably soft, wet wood, which is why you’ll find termite damage in water logged areas of an old house. The soft pine, fir and other white woods that are used to construct most homes today provide little protection again termite and rot.

So why don’t we build houses entirely out of rot resistant wood? We could, but the cost would be prohibitive. You should start with a rot resistant wood like the options below and use a few tricks to prevent rot.

There are options for more rot resistant wood that you can use when making repairs (especially exterior repairs). Interior woodwork like trim and moldings, hardwood floors, mantles don’t need the protection that exterior...

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In this article, we’re going to talk about the different types of stains – which are the best deck stains and which are the worst deck stains to put on your wood. If you’ve been doing any research on how to stain a deck or patio, you’ve probably noticed that deck stains usually come in one of two categories: water-based deck sealers and oil based deck sealers. There are some very important differences between the two that you need to be aware of.

Comparison of Deck Stains: Oil vs. Water

Traditionally, oil based deck stains have been the preferred method to stain a deck. They penetrate into the wood very well, they look good when you put them down and they have a decent lifespan. When you do some further investigating, you begin to notice some not-so-desirable characteristics of these stains.

The first problem is that they are made of natural resins, which is basically food for algae and mold. Ever notice the large black regions of mold growing on your...

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Welcome to part 2 of our series on wood types. This week I’ll be discussing Oak. If you haven’t already read part 1, feel free to go check it out here: All about Pine Wood.

A little history of Oak

Oak (or quercus as it is known in Latin) is a hardwood with some 400 known species. It has always been a popular wood in The UK, but in recent times it is even more widely used in construction and also as internal fixtures in clubs and gyms etc. For furniture construction oak has become ever more the wood of choice, a trend expanding year on year since the year 2000 when China, India and Indonesia substantially increased their export markets. Pine has been the wood to suffer from oak’s popularity as it is more widely available in the Far East.

The flowers of many oak trees are known as catkins and they are produced by oaks when they reach their reproductive age which is typically aged 20. They are triggered by rising temperatures in spring. Ultimately it is the...

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The initial wood treatment is often a coating that like paint is designed for adhesion to the wood and offers little or no protection to the wood below the surface. These film building coatings can cause a multitude of problems until they are removed, or wear off. Many films are very hard, so when the logs move, the film cracks. Water gets between the film and the logs and mildew begins. The film becomes like a greenhouse, incubating the fungus and trapping water inside the logs. This process has contributed to wood rot bad enough to necessitate log replacement in as little as 10 years.

Another problem is the use of dead standing trees for log home construction. Some of these trees have been dead for so long, they have internal wood rot that has begun. Combine existing rot pockets with a film forming finish and you have a recipe for problems.

It boils down to this:
Once you cut a tree...

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Features

DeckCorrect™ by Cabot® covers and corrects worn, weathered, exterior wood and concrete. This thick coating is enhanced with Polycarbonate Everbeads™ to fill cracks up to 1/4" and lock down splinters for a durable, dirt-resistant, skid-resistant surface.

Coverage

Requires 2-coat application. One gallon covers approximately 75 sq. ft. with 2 coats.

Where to Use

Recommended for use on properly prepared weathered wood and concrete surfaces such as decks, porches and steps.

Preparing Your Surfaces

General: Be sure surface is free of all dirt, mildew stains, loose wood fibers and other foreign matter. Surfaces must be sound and free of standing water. Remove loose splinters and replace severely damaged or rotting wood. Prepare previously stained or weathered surfaces with Cabot Problem-Solver® Wood Cleaner, Wood Brightener or Wood Strippers. On ...

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This is the part where you turn old crappy fence boards or rafters into usable lumber. You'll also be salvaging a lot of perfectly good (if a bit rusty) nails.

Make sure you wear eye and ear protection for this! Impact sounds from repeatedly hammering wood are particularly bad for your ears, and every time you try to pry a rusty nail out of a board you run the risk of breaking the head off and getting an eye full of steel. Seriously, a good friend of mine had exactly that happen and it messed up his vision something awful!

First, turn the wood over and tap the nails from the pointy end out as far as you can. If you're doing this to old fence boards, a lot of the nails will just fall right out a this point. I kept a speaker magnet lying in the area where this was most likely to happen so as to avoid the possibility of stepping on nails. I have done this before and don't recommend you make the same mistake. Flip over the board and use the pry bar or the claw end of your...

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