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    They wanted the same, just without the residue...

    They wanted the same, just without the residue transfer. I've stripped layers of alkyd and acrylic solids plenty of times and there is always going to be some residual left in some deep grain. I've...
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    Ac Oxford Brown - Anyone else used it?

    Going back next month to a deck I did in summer of 2013. It was stained with the AC Oxford Brown but there has been continuous problems with excessive transfer on to everything. Two small children...
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    Well, took everything apart. Without being able...

    Well, took everything apart. Without being able to test electrical current or fuel pump pressure I was able to check the nozzle and electrodes. Ended up calling off both ends and noticed about a...
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    Ok, The fan/motor seems to be working fine and is...

    Ok, The fan/motor seems to be working fine and is consistent.

    The fuel filter, fuses, wiring had been replaced. new transformer, igniter, coil, and fuel psi adjusted.

    Even though it smokes to...
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    Thanks. Are you talking about the blower wheel?...

    Thanks. Are you talking about the blower wheel?



    Never mind. You're talking about the motor to the blower wheel I think.
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    Pics of the burner

    Pics of the burner
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    Burner Smoking/Fire

    I have a Pressure Pro 5.6, 20 hp Honda, and Beckett burner. Last year I had scaled back quite a bit on my PW and decks but spent much of the time with problems from my burner.

    The first time my...
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    Here's a Rustic brown I did a couple of years...

    Here's a Rustic brown I did a couple of years ago. This was the homeowners pic in Sept 6 months after it was stained.
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    lol. . . that was just an analogy, i'm not at...

    lol. . . that was just an analogy, i'm not at 26%. I do mix my own chems. That said, cost is relative - in Williams example, if 95% of his cost is at the $120 level, the he can predict or estimate...
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    Although Fuel and Labor are direct costs,...

    Although Fuel and Labor are direct costs, determining an appropriate average percentage for material costs that I should be at is what I'm trying to do. If I'm operating at 26% or 27% and others are...
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    Charlie, that's one of the reasons I'm trying to...

    Charlie, that's one of the reasons I'm trying to get some base norm. I was just breaking down the numbers for 2013 and my deck material costs are up to 17%. The 11% was from 2012 but iI guess was...
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    Material Percentage

    With painting, material costs are much easier to factor into pricing models because material costs can be much more direct per job. Although there are some material costs that are spread throughout...
  13. Two-tones are enough work as it is. Using a...

    Two-tones are enough work as it is. Using a semi-trans that much over composite is going to be a major hassle not to mention the liability. A drip here, a splatter there, even a small accidental...
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    Wow, that's a party deck there. Love the spiral...

    Wow, that's a party deck there. Love the spiral stairs too.

    Great job.
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    That looks great Tom. The Cedar Semi looks so...

    That looks great Tom. The Cedar Semi looks so different on the cedar boards than from I'm used to.
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    Dan, if you get pics of the 3 yr stain that would...

    Dan, if you get pics of the 3 yr stain that would be great. That's what I was hoping this thread would be for so we could see the color variations/expectations of the different AC stains.
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    Shane, it takes 2 coats so depending on the deck...

    Shane, it takes 2 coats so depending on the deck construction, I usually do the rails and trim with 2 coas of a solid acrylic first then the oil on everything else. The solid stain is very thin and...
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    Thanks. The 2-tone aside, I believe I am...

    Thanks.

    The 2-tone aside, I believe I am going make the Mountain Cedar my primary stain over the Cedar Semi. It looks almost the same and doesn't seem to be much more opaque than the...
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    Thanks! Charlie, I understand why the wiser...

    Thanks!

    Charlie, I understand why the wiser woodies don't sell the two-tones. From a profit standpoint, I definitely charge extra for them, but they are no way near as profitable as a regular...
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    First time I used the semi-solid on newer wood. ...

    First time I used the semi-solid on newer wood. This was 3yr old PTP that is mostly shaded. It has periods of full sun but the owner wanted the most protection so she chose the Mountain Cedar. I am...
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    Cottage Grove, Minnesota

    Anybody in or near Cottage Grove, Minnesota? Have a friend just have their new cedar deck get killed by a hack. Probably needs to be stripped/stained
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    AC Oxford Brown on PTP

    AC Oxford Brown on PTP
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    I use 2 rates - a clean price and a strip price...

    I use 2 rates - a clean price and a strip price based on linear feet. Mine is about 30% of my deck rates but it does not include stain and materials
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    Up there but not quite. The deck was part of...

    Up there but not quite. The deck was part of other work including some exterior painting and plaster work. A little harder to figure actual sf prices on this one as the deck has about 25%-30% new...
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    I will be applying my first Oxford Brown probably...

    I will be applying my first Oxford Brown probably next week. I have only used it in a blend with a little Mountain cedar and it definitely has some red tints that come out. It was a nice color tint...
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