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    Abrams Plus Inc./ Deck Restoration Plus
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    Everett Abrams
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    Everett Abrams is known in the industry as the "Wizard of Wood" and owns Deck Restoration Plus, Deck Restoration Plus Deck & Wood Stain, and Deck Restoration Plus Institute.
  1. The Joint Coatings Committee is basically an informal type committee right now that works strictly on a volunteer and only when needed basis with the Forest Products Laboratory. Many of the standards that were put in place were done when Sam Williams was in charge and has since retired. He is an amazing man who knows more about wood and coatings than anyone I have ever met. As Beth alluded to there have been a lot of changes over the years and some of these need updating as well as some new ones created. The reason the committee was disbanded was due to cutbacks in the government, The Forest Products Laboratory is part of the Department of Agriculture and their budgets were cut like everyone else's during the recession. There are some projects being worked on but they are slow in coming. Many of the large manufacturers have replicated test farms at their facilities and continue to perform R & D on products but that is truly where a lot of todays research is coming from, individual manufacturer's. If you have specific question please feel free to PM me as well.
  2. Problem Solver is the Primer made by Cabot. Cabot has an excellent line of solid stains for these type of issues. The primer will act to give you a "like new" surface to work from prior to applying the top coat(s). If you go with a light color you will most likely need to top coats. Do a good job with the prime coat and you will be happy with the result. It is a GREAT idea to use a natural type sealer or semi-transparent stain for the floor as that will need the more frequent maintenance. The other issue with an older deck is as the wood ages you will get a lot of checking and cracking in the wood that does not help using a solid finish, you will have to address peeling. For homeowners that try to do their own work two-tones are a great idea. The solid stain on the rail system that require the tedious part of the restoration as well as the more costly part of the project become much easier to maintain moving forward. None of this negates the prep part of the project. The better the surfaces are prepared, the better the end result. You should still strip and brighten/neutralize all surfaces and then sand any problem areas or where there is any peeling. With a solid stain and that particular product you do not need to remove the old coating in entirety. A stain works best when it can "grab" the wood so the better you prepare the surface and remove as much of the old coatings as possible the longer your new coatings will last. Screw this up though and you will have a problem, solid stains and multiple coats are not made to come right off. Good luck with your project and if you go with Cabot read the instructions on the can and follow them. There is also a lot of info on their website.
  3. New Jersey Roundtable 8/21/2011

    It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. Thinking of another one in February as they were always the best attended in this area.
  4. New Jersey Roundtable 8/21/2011

    No problem to those who can't make it. Should be a great time we got people coming from many different trades including landscapers and painters. Should be great to share ideas with so many people with different views on how they run their business. Call 609-351-6117 for more details or if you are in need of directions! Looking forward to a VERY productive event!
  5. New Jersey Roundtable 8/21/2011

    For those of you who wish to sign up ahead of time please feel free to call me and give me your name, company name, contact phone number, e-mail address, and how many will be attending. We will of course welcome all comers that day as well. /knowing ahead of time let's us have an idea of how much food to have ready. I am really looking forward to this as it has been great to talk with so many of you! Office Number is 866-440-3325 or my cell is 609-351-6117, if I do not answer please leave the info mentioned above.
  6. New Jersey Roundtable 8/21/2011

    Just restoring homes, decks, etc all over South Jersey! Shaping up real nice already w/ about 20-25 confirmed already. Mark Williamson who is out of Marlton NJ and has been in business for at least 10 years and is a well respected contractor here is going to talk about how he has stayed in business through this economy as well. I believe he was at the first Jersey Roundtable when "we all had more hair!"
  7. NJ Roundtable and Networking Event Sunday August 21st @ 10:00am Location: Catch It - Grog N' Grill 110 White Horse Pike Oaklyn, NJ 08107 This will be a basic style, old school roundtable for contractors only (no vendors please). This event will be for all those considering entering the business, thinking of an add-on for an existing business, to the seasoned professional. If you are a contract cleaner, painter, window cleaner, landscaper, general contractor, etc. who work with and use a pressure washer in your business then this event will be for you to learn "Best Management Practices" and successful tips for your business. It is a great opportunity to learn new ideas and share successes as well as building your professional network. Topics to include: Operating a Successful Business in a Down Economy Successful Marketing Wood Restoration w/ Live Demo House & Building Cleaning Chemicals and Safety Break Out Session w/ Other Topics $10 Per Person - Includes Lunch, Soda, Coffee For More Details Contact Everett Abrams @ (866)440-3325
  8. Round Tables Pull Record Numbers

    It was at the Indian Chief in 2004.
  9. Round Tables Pull Record Numbers

    Two to remember...
  10. Soy Seal?

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  12. Cleaner Times

    Over the past year the PWNA office has been anchored by Regina Dudley. Regina has done an outstanding job for the PWNA and over the past month has recieved some very bad news about a family member. We have been working with Regina through this trying time and would hope that all would keep her and her family in your prayers. In regards to any calls or e-mails that do not get responded to there is no excuse and this should not happen and this will be addressed immediately. Feel free to also contact any Board Member with any concerns as well. Thank you.
  13. Cleaning at the Lincoln Memorial

    Here are a couple of pics that show before/after:
  14. Ipe.. great wood, but....

    Ipe has applications that are 50 years old and more with no sealer. How long are you trying to extend the life? Ipe as a product will already last 3 to 5 times longer than traditional material such as cedar, redwood, and any of the pressure treated products. The ONLY reason to need a sealer is for appearance sake. The purchaser of Ipe needs to be informed that this will probably need annual maintenance for appearance. I do not know what the mention of sap meant. If you were relating to other species or applications or not. Ipe does not have sap but is loaded with natural oils. Anyone who has worked with a fair amount of Ipe will notice the yellow powder and either reddish brown or green flecks in the wood. This is natural to this species however, like the sap and resins in pine this will not go away by sanding. Unfortunately, board replacement is the answer here as well. I believe Ken was beginning to allude to it but, this is probably the most maintenance free decking option and still have wood. This is it's true marketability as a decking option.
  15. Staining Siberian Larch

    This was actually one of the highlighted species at Deck Expo 2006. Anyone who is in this industry should check out Deck Expo 2007 in Las Vegas. Great organization and great show. You really get to see it all under one roof!