April 18, 2022 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
Issue #1178 (I think...)
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He is Risen!
If so, I hope you have a great Resurrection Day. Not many call today by this name, but it's the correct name.
Today is a day of pondering for me. I'm in the process of re-arranging my personal priorities.
You may have subscribed to this newsletter years ago. If so, do you remember this interesting column?
Control Sample Confusion
A few days ago, I shared with you the preview video of what my deck stain test is going to reveal next Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Much to my surprise, I received several emails from bewildered folks. You might be one.
The common message to me was that I didn't conduct the deck stain test correctly. Here's a cobbled-together quote representing the sentiment:
"You should have left that sample board OUTSIDE so it got sun and rain on it too. Where are the outside boards that were in the sun, rain, and snow?"
I thought it was obvious in the video that the deck boards I was standing on were the ones that were stained at the same time, with the same stain, from the same can as the control sample I kicked with my foot.
If you don't create a control sample using the exact same wood and do it at the same time as you stain the exposed wood making sure to keep the sample in the dark out of the sun, how are you to judge the true color fade on the wood exposed to the elements for two years caused by active photons in ultraviolet light?
Is there some magic method you know of how to show the amount of color fade that is hidden from me?
I'll explain all of this in a very extended video you can watch next Sunday.
My Deck in National News
I got a Google Alert yesterday about one of my latest articles. HOLY TOMATO, go here and look at the huge photo of my deck that maybe millions are seeing!
FREE Sewer Gas eBook Chapters
I must have had a brain cramp a month ago.
Why didn't I offer you the first two chapters of my latest Sewer Gas Smell eBook for free?
If I forget to do this when I publish my next book - the one about New Home #HACKS, reach out to me and say, "Tim, WAKE UP!"
Do you like to discover new things? Why of course you do, silly! Don't be mendacious with me.
I'll bet you don't know everything there is to know about sewer gas.
In fact, I'll bet you one of Mr. Gene's Doghouse cheese coneys. His place is on Beekman Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. You want to order a spicy hot dog when you get your cheese coneys. That's the secret.
Go here to get your FREE chapters of my Sewer Gas Smell eBook and let me know when you'll be treating me at Mr. G's.
That's quite enough for such a sacred day.
Do It Right, Not Over!
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