Helpful Homemaking tip...:
A good way to avoid expensive maintenence costs with a wooden deck is to keep it clean from the get-go. Debris clogs the gaps between deck planks, trapping moisture and encouraging the growth of mildew and rot. Use a power washer or high pressure nozzle on your garden hose to clean this mess out. Any remaining clogs can be removed with an old saw blade or a putty knife. Once you've "flossed" your deck, give the surface a good brush scrubbing with a soapy mix of laundry detergent and water. Do small areas at a time while rinsing periodically. You may even notice some of the wood's original tone returning after you're done.
In Plumber news...:
Wrench clue to S Auckland murder? (NZCity) - South Auckland police investigating the murder of Iulio Naea eight days ago want information about a distinctive plumber's pipe wrench. The heavy tool was used to beat Mr Naea before his death and was found at the scene. The wrench has orange paint on it and is labelled 'Exploit heavy duty 12 inch'.