Polyurethaning in Caroga Lake
So we have this Adirondack style wood furniture
on our front deck. Because they get constant sunlight and
hadn’t been sealed in a few years they were starting
to change color. Enter Tony our local handyman.
Tony helped build this house, so he has
a certain amount of pride and vested interest that comes
with the house and anything to do with it. Add to that the
fact that he drives past here almost daily, sometimes with
a friend, so he naturally likes to point out the house and
his part in its beauty.
I should first tell you that we asked him
to seal the whole house on the outside. It is board and
batten, and we don’t want it to gray. We never stained
or painted the natural pine, and left to its own it would
gray and blacken. The polyurethane we put on the house has
U-V block and moisture resistance to keep it looking new
and fresh. Kind of a SPF sun block for the wood.
So the last thing Tony did after finishing
the house was tackle the front deck furniture. He did a
great job on the house and furniture and it all looks wonderful.
We have also commandeered Tony in the past to put another
coat of polyurethane on the interior floor areas that get
a lot of wear. That happens while we are away, such as in
Florida or going to my Mom’s in Cleveland.
You may recall we didn’t go to Florida
this year, so it’s been awhile, but the floor still
is in pretty good condition. But we know by the time we
go to Florida again, maybe next spring, it will need another
coat. We used the same indoor/outdoor Min-Wax spar quality
urethane on the floors and the exterior boards and furniture.
It’s that good (and expensive) to be used anywhere
sunlight or moisture might be a problem.
We also have a wishing well wooden cover
over the well cap, so Tony did that as well. The wishing
well has a matching blue steel roof like our house as does
our storage shed in the backyard, which Tony also polyurethaned.
You might say we kept Tony pretty well occupied the past
Tony is originally from Long Island, so
he has a New York mentality, which I totally relate to.
He is good natured and takes a lot of pride in his work.
He also fits in well in our little community, as I like
to think we do. So if you come by East Shore Road on West
Caroga Lake in the Adirondacks and see some gleaming wood
in the sunshine, that would be us.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"