Spruce Shiplap Restoration

If you use too strong of a mix the sh can cause the wood to fuzz. You definitely want to start low.

I’m not so sure I’d strip the siding. Test to see if it’s oil based or waterborne and apply the same type of stain. Talk them into going the same or darker. Stripping would be a tedious process on that house. I’d worry about the painted metal just rinsing the stripper off the dormers. I’m just guessing here but I’d say that’s a $10k to $15k usd job if you strip and stain.

Work must be slow as a Millwright. I’m a Journeyman Boilermaker and, they closed 3 coal fired power plants in our local, so I decided to go full time pressure washing. I’ll still hit some jobs in the winter, though. We only have 2 coal fired left in our local but also 4 nuclear. How’s work up there? I know a few guys who went up there to work but that was probably 5 years back.

Hey marinegrunt, thanks for your input! Very informative and I agree with everyhting your saying. I was going to start at about 1% SH and do an test spot and see what it does. If the mold/mildew isnt too deep, im sure it should take it off.

She currently have an oil based stain on the house and I have emailed her asking her to think about keeping the same stain as it would save a ton of time and money. The thought of rinsing the stripper has crossed my mind as well, and it bothers me what it would do her rood. I am a very meticulous person and the last thing I want to do is ruin anyone’s property. I don’t have money to pay high insurance claims. My early estimate shows the job to be around $17K CAD for strip and stain.

There is work as a Millwright, however I spent 13 years on the road away from my family so I decided to do my own venture and go into the pressure washing business. Certainly glad I made the decision. Nothing beats having more time with family. It’s funny you talk about coal fired power plants, that was teh work enviroment I was in for 13 years. Loud, dirty as all F, and VERY demanding on the body as a millwright.

Being away from the family is probably the worst part about the trades. I had back issues when I started boilermaking and the work didn’t do any favors. Nothing like low crawling around the back pass covered in fly ash to weld tubes. Earlier this year was the first outage I missed at a certain power plan in a spring for probably 10 years. I enjoy the work but my body sure doesn’t. There’s nothing like running your own business. I wish I would’ve started washing years ago. I’m sure you don’t miss those 2 foot wrenches and pounding on knocker wrenches. You guys are always a greasy mess too. It’s almost like Millwrights intentionally rub it all over their face. :smile:

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Correct me if I am wrong, but isnt this a job for a professional painter?

I won’t paint a house but I’ll stain a house. It’s two different beasts to me.

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Your talk about flyash and tubes just about made me vomit haha! Just brutal work in power plants. If your not greasy, your covered in coal or flyash or sweat or water…pick your poison. That is the only regret I have, is not starting earlier. Live and learn i guess. Trust me when I say, there is alot I dont miss about beign a Millwright.

Yes your probably correct, however I like to push the envelope and learn new things. How do I do this? By adjusting to learning curves as I go. Reading material thats relevant to the job, talking to like minded people, it all helps. Like my friend John Michael Montgomery once said " Life’s A Dance, you learn as you go. "

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You need to read this thread. It has tons of useful info. When you finish, re-read it. :smiley:

PWRA - Deck Cleaning 101

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Stellar thread! Thanks for pointing me in this direction. So much valuable information in that thread. Get used to me hanging around this forum, learning and giving my input when required.

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Like I said, it’s two different beasts to me.

Stained this today.


Great work, Mike. Almost looks like a professional did it!



Yes, almost.


It’s the husband’s cigar room. He had some fancy name for it. Can’t remember it now.

Humidor? Or something he made up?

It was something like humidor but started with an “s”. I had never heard the word before.


Means: A term originally coined by the author to generically describe any room or facility that caters strictly to cigar smokers, permitting them to light up and relax without incurring the wrathful glares of less sophisticated individuals. It is a modern-day version of the speakeasies of Prohibition infamy.

No, but that’s an interesting word!

I thought it ended in a “r”.

Notice in the pic that there’s a deck. They didn’t want the deck stained though it needed it just as bad.

Sometimes I’m left scratching my head at what people decide to get done to their property and decide to forego.

Huh. No clue. I don’t smoke cigars so I couldn’t even guess and I got nothing from google lol

I’m the same way about homeowners and the decisions they make. Sometimes you can chalk it up to money being a factor but sometimes there’s absolutely no question that they can afford the service but they still decide not to do it and go ahead with other services. I guess everyone prioritizes things differently.

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I did a house wash on the customer’s house so I grabbed a pic of what the “Stumidor” looks like a year later.

They call it a Stumidor because his name is Stu.
So it’s a combo of Stu + humidor. I didn’t pick up on that earlier.

I’ll be doing both their decks in the spring.

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