Vince has been working his tail off. Thursday he started staining the fence. The stain he was using recommended not staining if the temps were above 80 or below 50. It’s not easy finding those temps around here. We spent the entire summer in the 90 – 105 range. Of course, it couldn’t be done if it was raining or going to rain within 24 hours of applying the stain. Vince has been watching the weather and decided Thursday, Friday and Saturday were good for staining the fence. He thought Home Depot in Joplin might get more stain in but they didn’t so Friday morning we had to run to Home Depot to get more stain. It was about 10 or 10:30 a.m. before the dampness burned off and Vince wanted to start staining again so he told me he wanted to leave here a little after daylight. We ended up leaving a little after 7 and got back a little after 10. There’s an Aldi in Pittsburg so we went by there, and we ate breakfast while in town.
Vince was staining from about 10:30 til almost dark Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
He was able to get the whole fence, front side and back side stained with one coat. It may be spring before he gets the second coat . . having three days to put the second coat on. He sprayed the fence but had to use a roller around the horizontal boards because it was dripping there.
He finished that yesterday mid-afternoon and moved on to the deck. He had already stained all the wood along the cracks, the handrails and the stairs so he only had the top of the deck boards and the spindles to get the second coat of stain on.
It was still wet when I took this picture and, the leaves were blowing like crazy so you can see a few of them got stuck. All he has left to do there is some of the spindles that didn’t get a second coat.
I think Vince is ready to be done with the staining.
He had planned to hire someone to do it all but the guy came out and several things that were important to Vince, the painter kept saying “No! You don’t need to do that!” It seemed to Vince like the guy wanted to hurry up and get through the job so Vince ended up saying . . nevermind, and did it himself.