An hour of work each spring or two ensures that rot won’t become an issue on decks and foundations at your cottage. All it takes is a $30 pump-up weed sprayer and a jug or two of clear, zinc-based wood preservative. It’s perfectly safe when used properly outdoors.
- When the weather dries up, don safety goggles and gloves.
- Spray preservative on areas of wood-to-masonry and wood-to-wood contact.
- Mark the sprayer for this use only and never spray anywhere near water courses.
- Even if you can’t get liquid right onto the wood-to-wood contact surfaces, spray around the edges. It’ll wick into all nooks and crannies, halting rot in its tracks.