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...:
Meta Review: Super Mario Strikers (GC) (Joystiq) - Mario loves some sports action. The Italian plumber and company will release their next sports title, dubbed Super Mario Strikers , next Monday, December 5 in the US. Here’s what the critics are saying: Eurogamer 8/10 - “It’s charmingly designed from the ground up to be as fun and accessible as possible, yet despite its astonishing simplicity, it still managed to hold our interest