Deck Stain Tip – Bush Tieback

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Paint & Stain Tip For Decks

OK, this may seem overly simple, but we’ve all been on a job where we’ve had to improvise at a moment’s notice. That’s when it’s important to be creative, or at least pretend to be.


Deck Stain Tip – Keep It Neat

While we were working on a deck project recently, we got to the point where it was time to apply stain to the rail posts. There were some overgrown bushes adjacent to the deck that rubbed against said posts and would have created a problem. Normally, we just tie them back with a length of rope (or any other of a number of methods, as in cat-skinning).

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Our method worked well enough to keep the bushes from messing up the stain job.

Naturally, we didn’t have enough rope on hand, so we improvised – with a 6-foot level, a short piece of nylon rope, and a scrap piece of 2×4.

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By looping the short length of rope around the level at the deck side and feeding the remainder of the rope through the bush…

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…and tying it off to a 2×4 anchor on the other side, we kept our stain job neat and the bush healthy.

By tying a loop at both ends of the rope and running it through the center of the offending bush, with the level on one side and the 2x on the other as an anchor, we managed success. It held the foliage back without damaging it (and believe me, the owner would NOT have been happy if we had damaged that plant).

Obviously, there are any number of things that could be substituted for the level, such as a length of trim, PVC pipe, etc. It’s all about thinking outside of the box, something we need to teach our kids to do!

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Brad Staggs

Contributing Writer/Producer at Tool Skool
Brad has worked in and around the home improvement and tool industry most of his life. He was host of Talk2DIY Home Improvement, Co-produced DIY Tools & Techniques and is the author of Spend a Little, Save a Lot Home Improvement.