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  • Writer's pictureTimothy Hill

Call the Expert

As a homeowner, I have learned that there are some tasks that require the expertise of professionals. One such task is staining a fence. I learned this lesson the hard way when I attempted to stain my fence without consulting an expert.

I took to social media to ask for advice and received a response from a well-meaning individual who recommended a premium Behr product. I thought this sounded reasonable, so I headed to Home Depot to purchase the stain. The store employees were friendly and tried to be helpful, but they didn't have the expertise needed to advise me on the best way to stain my fence.

When I got home and began staining, I realized that the color was all wrong. The stain looked awful and I was stuck with a fence that looked worse than before. I was frustrated and didn't know what to do. I lamented for weeks about how to fix the problem.

Finally, after some advice from a Godly friend of mine & trying something that didn’t work, I realized that I needed to consult an expert. I called Sherwin Williams, the paint experts, and explained my problem to them. They recommended their premium stain and advised me to sand the fence and use a primer before staining. I followed their advice and the results were amazing. My fence looked great and I was thrilled.

My experience taught me that relying solely on advice from non-professional sources, such as social media and hardware store employees, can be a mistake. While these sources mean well, they don't have the expertise needed to handle certain tasks. In the case of staining a fence, it takes an expert to know what stain to use, how to prepare the surface, and how to apply the stain properly.

In conclusion, when it comes to home improvement projects such additions, renovations or whole house construction, it's important to seek advice from professionals & when you have the means, an architect. While it may cost more upfront, it can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. Relying solely on advice from non-professional sources can lead to mistakes and costly repairs. So, next time you're faced with a project that requires expertise, don't hesitate to call on the professionals.

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