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Home-Built Deck
I recently built a big deck for my house using lumber that I sawed myself from oak, ash and hackberry trees on my own farm. The wood I used weighs about 2 1/2 times as much as cedar decking. It's so heavy that by the time I got done building the deck, it was sagging in the middle so I had to shore it up.
  I stained the deck right away in order to bring the grain out in the wood. Now it looks really beautiful - everyone who sees it can't get over how nice it looks. And the wood is so strong that I think my deck will still be here 100 years from now if it's taken care of. (Art Hertz, 36717 Quarry Road, Fairfax, S. Dak. 57335 ph 605 654-2250)

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6