Q:I’d like to move a backyard shed about thirty feet to make room for a new deck. Is there a way to move it without renting heavy equipment?
A:You might be able to pull it with a truck, rolling the shed on long round poles that extend past the sides of the shed. First, jack up the shed and place two parallel long 2x6 boards beneath it to act as tracks. This job will require three poles, and the first two poles should be placed beneath the shed perpendicular to the tracks, with their ends extending past the sides. Lay the third pole across the tracks parallel to the other two, but ahead of the shed in the direction you want to move it. Tie a strong rope around the shed and hitch it to the truck. Use the truck to tow the shed so it rolls off the first pole and onto the third pole. Extend the tracks with a couple more boards, then reposition the first loose pole across the tracks ahead of the shed, just like you had the third pole positioned. Repeat this procedure of rolling the shed, extending the tracks and repositioning the poles until you’ve reached the new site.
Q:How is polyacrylic different from polyurethane in for a woodworking finish?
A:Polyurethane is a widely used oil-based finish that creates a durable protective shell over wood- work once it’s cured. Polycrylic is the brand name of a Minwax water-based finish. Available in high gloss and satin finishes, it can be applied with a spray bottle or roller. Polycrylic offers protec- tion of the wood along with faster dry- ing times. It’s ideal for use on light wood surfaces like ash, maple and birch because it has no tint. It also works well over water-based wood- stains. Cleanup of Polycrylic is easy with water and soap, and the finish is clear and does not have a yellow tint like polyurethane. Due to its runny consistency, you will need to apply very thin coats on vertical surfaces and watch closely for drips. If applied too thickly over dark colors it can give a milky finish. EHT