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Next, we poured a sample of each finish into our drilled holes to a depth of 14 inch and let the samples stand for four weeks.

Finishes: Penetrating or Film-Forming?

How deeply do these finishes penetrate wood?

The Great Stain Shoot-Out

Twenty-two finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking - here's what we learned at the midpoint of our testing.

New Columns for an Old Porch

A New England contractor gives a classic front entry a facelift by replacing the failing wood millwork with composite columns and PVC trim


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The Magazine


In this issue: Deck Stain Endurance Test — Porch Column Retrofit — Photographing Your Work


In this Issue

  • The Great Stain Shoot-Out

    Twenty-two finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking - here's what we learned at the midpoint of our testing.

  • Accurate Ballpark Budgeting

    Get better estimates by using this practical calculator that is based on your actual costs, rather than simply bidding your jobs on a...

  • Better Deck Photos

    You don't have to hire a pro to get great photos of your best projects



  • Be the Pro

    Pros and DIYers are welcome on this industry-sponsored online forum, where frequent participants can earn points towards tools

  • Mixing Oil and Water

    Cabot's new water-based ATO stain doesn't look like much in the can, but it outperforms previous oil-based versions of this popular...


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