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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
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  10:51 PM

Since my last deck beautification effort came out so well, I thought I'd carry on. The stairs leading down to the yard were just as weathered as the railings had been:



So I sanded them:



and re-stained them:



using the full complement of sanding equipment I've acquired. Even with belt sanders and such, I find that a sanding disk on the end of the drill is still the best all-around sanding tool. It does a good job and can get to areas that no other sander can.

Next year (unless I get ambitious this fall) I'll redo the rest of the deck part of the deck.

Be nice to be able to do this to oneself. Looking a little worn? Just sand things down a little and refinish. Heh.

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