Last fall I built a new deck from the house to an above ground pool. This
spring I intend to give it a good coating of Cabots stain. As I have been
shoveling the snow off it, (live in NY) I have been noticing that there is
some shrinkage where the hand railings meet the 4x4's. Before I stain, is
there anything I can put in these spaces to fill them in -wood filler or
some type of caulking? The deck is made of PT wood. Thanks for any help.
1. You cannot do anything about this until
the weather allows, perhaps in May.
2. The main cause of damage to timber
decks is damp, which encourages mould
and fungus. The gap between your posts
and rails may facilitate drainage and rapid
(3. Some deck builders dip every end grain
cut in preservative or stain before installation.)
Carlsbad Springs (Ottawa, Canada)
<< The deck is made of PT wood. >>
Often PT wood is "wet", shipped as it comes out of the treatment tanks.
Shrinkage will naturally continue for some time after exposure to normal
environments. Given your situation, I would let it stabilize for another few
months, and tackle the cosmetics next fall. Consider using a nice molding to
tidy up the more noticeable shrinkage gaps. HTH
That's what wood does, especially PT wood. I would not bother with
the spaces, unless they are collecting debris. Make sure the deck is
clean and dry before you apply the stain. Stain all the end-grain of
the entire deck first, then go back and stain everything. The
end-grain is where mositure collects and rot begins.
I'd leave the shrinkage alone. PT pine will shrink as moisture is lost.
I've been a long supporter of Cabot stains (my wife used to work for
them in Boston) but recently my painter has been steering me towards
Benjamin Moore. Experience says that an objective comparrison/evaluation
might be a good thing.
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