LESLIE: Alright. Now, we’ve got Jack, who is a trucker, who is currently somewhere between St. Louis and Mt. Vernon.
Preventing Wood Rot
So welcome, Jack.
JACK: Hi. How are you doing?
LESLIE: Great. Keep both hands on the wheels, please. (Tom and Jack chuckle)
JACK: I’m parked right now.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) OK, good.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Ah, good thing. Alright. How can we help you?
JACK: My wife and I recently purchased a home and before VA would approve the purchase, the made the owners replace the deck on the porch that was covered with indoor/outdoor carpet.
JACK: And what I’m wanting to know is what can I do to waterproof that wood before I put new indoor/outdoor carpet on there?
JACK: Otherwise, I’m afraid that, you know, every three or four years, I’m going to have to pull everything up and …
TOM: Why do you want to put indoor/outdoor carpet on it?
JACK: Well, the only thing that’s there now is a plywood deck.
TOM: Oh, plywood. It’s a plywood deck. OK, so here’s what I would do. First of all, all the plywood today is exterior grade so you don’t have to worry about the glue. If you want to try to protect the wood, I would use a product called Cuprinol – C-U-P-R-I-N-O-L; it’s like an exterior wood stain. I think if you seal it with that, that will do a good job of protecting the wood as best as it possibly can.
Another option would be use something called WOODLIFE, which is a product that stops it from rotting. You can’t use both; use one or the other. And then after that, you can go ahead and put the indoor/outdoor carpet over it.
JACK: I see.