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...:
: Wage gap plagues S. Florida (Miami Herald) - If you're a sales manager, loan officer or family doctor working in South Florida, this is the place to be. Chances are you're earning more here than you would in other parts of the country. On the other hand, if you're a plumber, construction laborer, janitor or security guard, you're probably making less than you would somewhere else.