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    The 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 few weeks.

    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.

    "Kathryn 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"