April 18, 2015

The Before and After Deck Restoration

I was woken up this morning to the sound of the deck restoration team renewing the woodwork on the exterior of the house so I thought I’d share some before and after pictures.  They were the people used by most of the folks in the neighborhood for their deck and patio restorations, and we have some fairly demanding executives and retirees around here so I figured I could trust the crowdsourced judgment on this one.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They didn’t even ring the doorbell; they were just there, doing their work.  

The manager is coming out for a follow up call to make sure we are happy.  They have a customer for life.  It was so effortless, I’m just going to put it on the schedule to have them return every 2-3 years.  That way I can automate the maintenance and not have to think about it.  

You can see the before pictures from when we were coming out of winter and transforming the space with the plants from this post.  Below that is the after picture.  We can’t put the furniture back out there for two days so the wood can cure.  The railings on the lower deck, which I don’t think I’ve ever posted, also look fantastic.

Before Deck Restoration

Wood Deck Before Restoration

Before Deck Restoration

Restored Deck Joshua Kennon

After Deck Restoration

Restored Deck

After Deck Restoration

I see so many people put stuff like this off and it’s just not hard to fix.  Why wait?  It’s almost always cheaper to maintain than to replace, and it’s more enjoyable.  If you have some project you’ve been working on for years, or that has sat unfinished, either get rid of it or finish it now.  Otherwise, it is just clutter.

The way to make it better is to read this book, and then put it into practice.  I don’t have to think about this sort of thing.  There is a checklist.  Two to three years from now, I will get an alert, make a phone call, and it will be taken care of again.  It will require none of my time, and very little of my money.  Life is so much easier this way.  I highly recommend the automation process.  Otherwise, by the time damage becomes really noticeable, it’s too often late.

  • FratMan

    Sales of Blair’s 1984 is up 91% on Amazon.

    Thought you’d appreciate some good news on the citizen front this week.


  • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

    Hey good to see you, again! I appreciate the thought. Thank you!

    I just pulled up the reports and it looks like there are no audio book sales. It appears as if the Audible.com sales do not generate any affiliate income because you have to sign up for Commission Junction; thus they aren’t credited for someone who clicks the Amazon links and then clicks over to Audible, even though Audible is an Amazon company.

    So in other words: It doesn’t. Zero. Nothing.

    Basically, with the Amazon affiliate links, anytime a link is clicked, for a certain period thereafter (I think it’s 30 days but it could be longer – I’d have to check), I get a percentage of whatever some buys on Amazon.com, even if they return to the site later. For example, when someone bought a scuba diving wet suit, I got $2.53. When people buy copies of The Intelligent Investor, I’m getting $0.88. Someone bought this inflatable duck tub and I got $0.68. Digital assets have much higher compensation rates (10%+) … so Amazon instant movie purchases or rentals make it rain.

    I need to really begin integrating the affiliate program into the site because it could be another nice source of revenue. I like the idea because 1.) it doesn’t cost the readers anything, 2.) I never recommend anything I myself don’t own or have experienced and truly believe in (my standards are ridiculously high), and 3.) it helps Amazon generate sales. Everyone is happy and in exchange, I get some cash to offset the bandwidth cost of this ridiculous hobby of mine ;)

    A perfect example is when I wrote that post last year about the beehive cake, people followed the link and a ton of people bought beehive cake pans so they could try it themselves, which was pretty cool to see. I never imagined that many people were interested in my side projects! I clearly believe in the product – I own it myself. They wanted it, anyway. Everyone wins. I like those arrangements.

    I should get Aaron to do it. He is king in this arena compared to me. He still runs a niche site of his own I’m not allowed to mention on the blog. He collects many thousands of dollars a year in affiliate income and spends maybe a couple hours a month maintaining it. I forget about it all the time until he says something about working on it off the cuff or I see the deposits. He launched it back … what was it … maybe our senior year of college? I can’t recall.

    Did that answer your question?

    • FratMan

      I always thought Amazon only lasted 24 hours.

      i.e. “A ‘Session’ begins when a customer clicks through a Special Link on your site to the Amazon Site and ends upon the first to occur of the following: (x) 24 hours (except in the case of Special Links to the myhabit.com site or the local.amazon.com site, in which case 30 days)”

      Really dumb question: You’re allowed to integrate Amazon with Adsense as long as you don’t use Amazon contextual ads, right?

  • Guest

    Is the back beam a little crooked?

    • http://www.joshuakennon.com/ Joshua Kennon

      No, it’s an optical illusion from how I took the picture on the camera phone then cropped it in Photoshop.

      • Guest

        Okay, cool. I was just worried it might be dangerous. X]