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I love it!  I just stained/urethane'd my flatbed truck rails.  Now I want to do the step on the front door and I have unfinished bookcases coming in less than 3wks.  I'll need to pick a stain color for them.  The one (red mahogany) I used for the truck is too dark for what I want.

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Heidi, I bet those truck rails looks nice. Any idea what stain you want on the new shelves? I love staining and refinishing wood but not stripping it so much. 

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The wood floor in the library room is a reddish color and I'm not sure I want to matchy-match it.  I think I'd like a warm, honey-brown with a hint of red.

The floor is close to the Sedona Red color.  I might go with Red Chestnut or the lighter Gunstock. 
However .... I stained my truck rails with Red Mahogany and they turned out super-dark, like Ebony!  But in fairness, I applied the stain at night, with a sheepskin roller and didn't rub any excess off.  The wood was pressure treated and had been outside / on my truck for more than 6 months of drying and weathering.
With this in mind, I will test-try some spots on the back of the bookcases before I commit to a stain.  I might think the light red with darker red floor is too much.  In that case, I'd probably lean towards Golden Pecan or Colonial Maple.

What are your thoughts?  

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Heidi, I can see what you were going for in my mind's eye... and I like the idea. 

However, this also looks nice, the dark ties in well with the headache rack and flatbed. 

(My grandpa stained my grandma's cherrywood table once... in the garage, at night... with walnut stain... then varnished it with like 5 coats...didn't wipe anything off. I thought she was gonna KILL him, lol!)

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Wow Heidi, those rails came out very dark! I can't see that much of a contrast between the Sedona red and red chestnut. I prefer the gunstock with the Sedona red but I like contrast.

Between the colonial maple and golden pecan, I prefer the colonial maple, it's got a red tone that the golden pecan lacks to tie it into color of your floors. Doing the test stains will decide it for you though, so go for it.

Red, omg I would have skinned him alive! :bang_head:

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Latest pics of little Lyra, she looks just like her daddy. We get more excited every day to have her earthside.

Still no front door...dang hurricane back log! I’m concerned now it will be in before Thanksgiving, we have a crowd coming. Guy coming tomorrow to give us an estimate on fixing the buckled floor. Please Lord let that happen before Turkey day.

Demo on our bathroom starts Monday, can’t wait! When that’s done we’re seriously considering redoing the guest bath and doing away with the claw foot tub for a jetted tub. I don’t know, I’m not a bath person, Paul has some time to convince me of that.

 

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I do NOT recommend a jetted tub unless you use it every day.  

The house we bought has a jetted tub in the master bath and the first time we filled it with water and turned on the jets .... all this BLACK CRAP (algae) came out of the jets and into the tub!  We have since scrubbed the tub, filled with water and bleach to run through the lines and it doesn't matter what we do, every time the jets are turned on, black stuff comes out.  

I have not used the tub at all.  I cannot.  I will not.

I want to replace it with a non-jetted tub so I can use it with peace-of-mind about knowing there will be no algae.

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I have a Jacuzzi that came with the house. It looks like one of the first ones made. I only use it if I'm sick or have very sore muscles--so only a couple times a year. No black stuff. Never has been. And this house is over 20 years old. I'm not a bath person either, but when I do use it, it's very soothing.

Heidi, are you sure the black stuff is algae/mold?

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I have no clue what it is.  I just know I don't want to be anywhere near it and refuse to use the tub until it is replaced.

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Thanks for the heads up, will do some research to see what the recommendations are and if our water system will help prevent black slime.

But I’d rather focus on the new life we’re about to bring into our lives.

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18 hours ago, Heidi n Q said:

I have no clue what it is.  I just know I don't want to be anywhere near it and refuse to use the tub until it is replaced.

 I think, it starts with a buildup of soap and other bath products a person might use in the tub.....then, it sits there and, becomes the black disgusting stuff you're seeing...by that time, it is an algae and whatever else has grown.

 I have a jetted tub and, have only used it twice, when it was new, the last time I went to take a relaxing soak, turned on the jets and, was suddenly surrounded by all of this floating black stuff..... I don't think I even touched the sides of the tub as I lept out.

 I have since ran bleach through it, but, haven't used it since.

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That was an interesting link but I think I'm still going to replace the tub with a solid one and no jets.  I do enough maintenance on the pool, I just want to scrub the tub and be done.

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We talked to our contractor about these issues. He moved into a home with a jetted tub. Before using it, he performed the suggested maintenance, he got no black slime and assumed the former owners either never used it or had maintained it. They use and maintain theirs and have had no problem. The tub Paul wants has removable jets you put in the dish washer. 

 

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Niiice!  Having removable jets that can go in the dishwasher sounds like an easy-care solution.  

I'm still getting rid of my tub.  It's been contaminated.  LOL

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 I'm not sure just cleaning the jets is good enough, what about the  lines running to those jets?  Gunk could surely back up into those....no?

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I'm sure the lines and filter still need to have solution run through them to prevent buildup but being able to put the jets in the dishwasher is an easy-care solution for them.

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