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Dave's Cheap and Easy - Sprayers
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ishmael Jan 2, 2017.

Dave's Cheap and Easy - This one is cheaper than dying!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Thomas Oct 18, 2016.

Dave's Cheap and Easy - New Installment! Wood preservative!! Woooo Hooo!
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At 11:35am on August 20, 2009, Merry Anne Hensley said…
Dave, where have you been? We've missed your postings. You keep us all on our toes. My co-workers and I enjoy your comments. And no, that is not sarcasm. We very much like your direct approach. Is everything ok?
At 10:40am on August 1, 2009, Rita Hickey said…
Oh Dah!! How long have I been on this LogHomeU site and really didn't know it was called that.? Yikes, I am getting old. I mean it is at the top of the page...... I really like your door because it reflects the craftsman style yet is more rustic, perfect for a log home. Although I don't think I have the skills to make it. I am good with concrete and rock, interior design, but have never tried to make anything from wood. If you are willing to share the plans, I know a craftsman that might be willing to do it for me. Thank you so much!!
At 12:46pm on July 31, 2009, Rita Hickey said…
David, also, loved the door with the stained glass. Did you make that or buy it. I would love to know where you got it. Thanks!
At 10:39am on July 31, 2009, Rita Hickey said…
Loved your pics and it is fun reading your comments. Where do I find LogHomeU or is that just your blog? Also, love the bike and your expression all goes together quite nicely!! But, are those lanterns by the door really pink? Carry on flathead, panhead, shovelhead, sportster, knucklehead, just kidding!!!
At 11:29am on July 30, 2009, Anne said…
Dave - Thanks for the comment - We did a slightly modified Allegheny and loved working with Old Virginia. Our business is a concrete contracting business. I am really enjoying all your advice and ideas on this site. It is great to hear from folks who "have been there." I hope all is well! Anne
At 7:58am on July 30, 2009, Craigmandu said…
Mr. Andrews,

I admit I don't know the intricacies of staining log homes yet, but what you have shown are two "not so alike" scenarios. Are you saying that higher priced stains cover more sq. ft per coat than lower cost stains do for the same amount?

If so, what particular stains are Stain A and Stain B?

What are you basing your numbers off of? 250sq ft coverage is no where near as high as 400sq ft coverage, so unless you have particular stains (By name) you can insert into these then I can't see how your example is anything more than adjusting numbers to get to the same overall cost between the two.

You may well be correct on your comparison, but without the knowledge of what particular stains you are talking about, no one will be able to do a real comparison.

At 4:41pm on July 29, 2009, Todd Andrews said…
Mr. Mandu, if a person can get by with using the "cheap stuff" I'm all for saving money too. It's obvious, in the pictures that Mr. Thomas has posted, that he does not get a lot of exposure to the elements. So he can probably use the "cheap stuff" and not have a lot of UV damage, fading, mold, etc.

Here is something we came up with:
Stain A (2 coats)

Price: $278.00 per pail ÷ 5 = $55.60 per gallon.

1st coat coverage - 250 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth wood.
2nd coat coverage – 350 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth wood.

1st coat - $55.60 ÷ 250 = $0.2224 X 100 = $22.24
2nd coat - $55.60 ÷ 350 = $0.1589 X 100 = $15.89
Total cost per 100 sq. ft. = $38.13

Stain B ( 2 Coats of Stain plus 1 Coat of Topcoat System)

Price: Stain, $340.00 per pail = $68.00 per gallon; Topcoat, $295 per pail = $59.00 per gallon.

1st coat coverage - 400 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth wood.
2nd coat coverage – 600 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth wood.
Topcoat coverage – 600 sq. ft. per gallon on smooth wood.

1st coat - $68.00 ÷ 400 = $0.1700 X 100 = $17.00
2nd coat - $68.00 ÷ 600 = $0.1133 X 100 = $11.33
Topcoat - $59.00 ÷ 600 = $0.0983 X 100 = $ 9.83
Total cost per 100 sq. ft. = $38.16

Just trying to educate the public.
At 2:01pm on July 29, 2009, Craigmandu said…
HAHA, nice comment Mr. Andrews. That's like saying, hey you spent $60,000 on that BMW, why wouldn't you want a professional detail waxing it for $500 each time it needs a wash/wax.

Because if you can get the same protection or very close to the same protection much cheaper (say a $20 can of wax applied yourself), then you'd be a fool to pay the higher price.

I think Mr. Thomas is doing a great service to other people by posting low-cost options to getting things done. And unless someone can refute his options scientifically and prove why it would be bad to go his route as apposed to the "high" dollar route I say "Rock On" Mr. Thomas.

At 1:24pm on July 29, 2009, Todd Andrews said…
Just out of curiosity: Why would you spend $XXX,XXX on a log cabin and want to put the cheapest stuff you can find on it?
At 7:49pm on July 22, 2009, Anne said…
Hi Dave! I was drawn to your page after reading several of your economically sound (vs. cheapskate) ideas. I wish I had the information before I ordered my custom interior doors and before this past carpenter bee season. I'll have to consult you prior to re-staining! (Any advice for exterior mold in our humid neck of the woods?) When I viewed your page, I realized that we have some things in common - we live in Norfolk, used Old Virginia Hand Hewn Log Homes, and are past Harley owners - '97 Badboy (bike was sold to start our business that made our log cabin possible.) I have enjoyed looking at your pictures and reading the article. Keep the great advice coming!

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