I didn’t tell you how Chad spent his first father’s day — power-washing the deck. It was completely his idea, I swear! He had spent a teenage summer assisting a wrestling coach in Columbus, OH power-washing outdoor decks, and was determined to do the same to ours. He rented the machine from Home Depot for about $70, and aside from trickery needed to get the whole thing started, it was pretty easy. You connect the thing to your hose, and then direct the pressure nozzle at the wood. It blasts away dirt and algae that had accumulated through the years. And the results were amazing! Our deck went from dingy ashen grey to a looking like brand new wood. The only thing that slowed him down was running out of water (our outdoor hose doesn’t get as much from our well as the rest of the house). When he was all done, he gave the whole thing a coat of cedar stain. Now all we need is that deck furniture and we’ll be outdoor dining in high style! Wanna know more? Check out this story at This Old House’s site.