I'm of the mind that anything around the house that I can hire someone to do...I can do myself. I've hired people to do stuff and the people who come out to do it aren't rocket scientists and I believe I'm smarter than the average bear. The Robinator, on the other hand, thinks you should just pay someone to do it so YOU don't hav e to do it.
But I like to do stuff.
So we debated on doing our deck ourselves and then we decided that yeah...we can get'er'done.
We took everything off the deck:
Cover all vegetation below the deck with a tarp so the chemicals don't get in them and kill them off.
Then we checked the deck to see if there were any nail heads sticking up. If they were slightly...we knocked them back down. If it completely cleared the deck...we removed it and replaced it with a longer nail.
Next we got our Navy on and swabbed the deck with Behr All In One Wood Cleaner after we wet the deck down completely.
Next we let that sit for about 10 - 15 minutes and we used a deck brush to scrub it a bit. Then...it's time to hook the pressure washer up and let'er'rip. Now...we went in to get something with a minimum of 2,000 PSI but we let the Home Depot dude talk us into getting the 1,400 PSI one. Since we were a bit nervious about doing this ourselves anyway...we figured it would be okay because there was no way we could damage the wood using the less powerful one.
Well...the less powerful one works...it's just taking far longer than we'd planned on spending on this part today.
But it's working.
According to our research we have to wait 24 hours for it to dry completely before we can stain at so we're planning on doing that tomorrow. I was going to using a sprayer to do that but I'm thinking we should just get two big brushes and get to painting. That way...both of us can do it instead of just one of us working on it at a time.
Have you ever power washed and stained your deck yourself? If you paid someone...how much did it cost? The supplies for this, so far, cost us $77 (I'm not including the $100 deposit we had to put down on the power washer).