Coating and Caulking Tip – Choosing the right product

Friday, January 25th, 2013

While coating or caulking a building choosing a product that has a 10-20 year life span is important as labor is generally the most expensive part of the job. That $12 tube of caulking may give your sticker shock, but it is likely worth it in the end.

 

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How to Effectively Touch up Painted Walls

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

So it’s been a few years since you painted your walls.  Could it use a touch up?  I found some excellent tips on how this can be achieved effectively without going overboard.  Maybe you have scuffs or paint chips, etc., these tips will help you take care of the problem in a heart-beat.

Touch Up Tips

  • You will want to prime and seal any spots on your wall that will need to be repaired.  Use a latex primer if there is drywall involved.
  • If possible, use the original paint from paint cans.  It’s nearly impossible to find the exact color from the original job.  Always store original paint if there is any leftover from the previous job.
  • You should reduce the paint by about 10 to 15 percent using a reducer per your budget.  Do not add it to the paint can.  Shake or stir the paint first. Poor in a paint tray then poor in the reducer.
  • Whatever painting tool you used for the previous job, be sure to use it again to get effective results.
  • Try to paint in weather conditions like that of the previous paint job.  This will cause the touch up paint to look like the old paint without ugly patches.
  • Apply reduced paint to the center of the touch up area.  This helps in touch up transition.
  • Let the paint dry, then thoroughly examine the job.  Try different lighting, etc., until you are sure the touch-ups were effective and are even and flat.

 

Source: eHow

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Paint Brushes vs. Paint Rollers

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Many people go into painting projects without really understanding the importance and usage of the different types of painting tools.  Are both paint brushes and paint rollers really necessary?  Originally, you’d think that using paint rollers would cut the painting time in half.  This is true if you use it correctly and over large flat surfaces.  But what about tight areas along wood beams or narrow areas.  Paint rollers can’t efficiently paint those areas without the use of paint brushes.

Paint Roller Techniques

How can you use paint rollers without leaving those unsightly roller marks?

  • First off, make sure you have a good roll cover.  This is essential part of the rolling setup.
  • Smooth the paint by using horizontal strokes.  If you are a skilled painter most likely you can do this vertically without leaving roller marks.
  • Make sure the paint roll is fully loaded before you go this approach.

Paint Brush Techniques

  • Like the paint roller, you will want to load the paint brush.
  • Apply and distribute paint on the walls stroking left to right or right to left, whatever is comfortable for you.  You want to flex the bristles while cutting in with your strokes for even distribution.
  • For large and flat areas,  you will want to hold the brush on a 45 degree angle.  You can use diagonal and horizontal strokes.
  • To smooth out the paint,  use long and smooth strokes.  At the end of each stroke, lift the paint brush from the surface.  This leaves a feathering affect.

As you can see, there are some slight to major differences between the use of a paint brush and a paint roller.  Once you get the hang of their proper uses, DIY can be a piece of cake!

Source: eHow

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How to maintain a brick patio

Friday, April 13th, 2012

If you have a brick patio in your backyard, you may be curious as how to maintain it’s appearance and usage.  Realistically, maintaining a brick patio is actually easier than one may think.  Here is all you need to get the job done:

  • A bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water

According to eHow are are some effective cleaning and maintenance methods that will keep your brick patio attractive and enjoyable:

  • Sweep away all debris such as dirt and leaves away from your brick patio.  Fill a bucket with 2 cups of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water.  Dip a broom in the mixture and scrub surfaces thoroughly especially to rid mold and mildew.  Rinse the surface and finish scrubbing.  This process can be done only once or twice a year.
  • Spread a thin layer of sand over the bricks to get it in the spaces.  This will prevent water buildup.
  • Inspect cracks for weeds.  You can use a weed killer to keep the weeds from spreading.  Round Up works wonders.

Source: eHow

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How to lay a brick walkway

Friday, January 13th, 2012

File:Path at Laura Plantation.jpgAre you looking to add a creative look to the exterior of your home?  How about a nice brick walkway?  It can be done but with time, patience and much effort.  It’s an excellent DIY project.  A brick walkway can last for years and does not require a whole lot of maintenance.

  • What you will need to do first is mark the area you would like to lay your bricks.  The best way to do this is to mark the area with spray paint.
  • You will have to excavate the area about six inches.  A skid-steer evaluator is the best tool for this job.
  • You will want to cover the entire area with gravel. 3 inches is best.  A vibrating plate compactor is beneficial for laying the gravel evenly.
  • Now you will want to lay some sort of plastic edging all along the sides of the pathway.  Nail spikes into the plastic.
  • The pathway will need to be filled with bedding sand.  Be sure to level the sand evenly.

Time to lay your bricks….

  • You can lay them in whatever pattern you choose.  A mallet will securely place the bricks.
  • Sweep sand over the area to fill in any cracks.
  • Sweep more sand over the area to complete the project.

Source: eHow

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How to keep your painted walls clean

Friday, December 16th, 2011

File:Balde.PNGThis is can a very difficult job to manage especially if you have white, off-white, or beige walls.  For certain, dirt can show it’s ugly face and if not properly maintained it can become difficult to keep up with causing the appearance to be very unsightly.  Here are a few tips on how you can keep your painted walls clean all year round.

  • You will first want to remove all dust and cobwebs from the walls using some sort of scrub brush before applying any cleaning solutions.
  • Scrub down any dirt that may have been left behind with a dry sponge.
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap.
  • Be sure to have another bucket handy to wring out the dirty elements.  You don’t want to wring dirty water back into your cleaning solution.
  • Dab sponge into the soapy water and spread all over the walls top to bottom.  It’s best to make sure  you have a ladder to help you reach the higher portions of the wall.
  • Try blotting the surface to continue lifting any dirt present.  Try repeating this step so that the wall is covered.
  • Finally, use a dry terry cloth to dry the wall.

Hopefully, these tips will help you manage and maintain clean walls.  It is entirely up to you how often you do this particular task.  Once or twice a month may be helpful.  If you have little ones running around, you may find yourself cleaning them a little more often.

Source: eHow

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Pros and Cons of Landscaping

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

File:Ganjiaxiang - edible landscaping - P1070640.JPGAre you contemplating landscaping your home?  Maybe you are thinking about a good ole “DIY” project or just hiring a professional to complete the job.  Whatever you decide there are some pros and cons of landscaping that you may want to consider before moving forward.

Pros of Landscaping

  • Landscaping adds a breath of fresh air so to speak to the front of your home.  It can draw out your beautiful foliage.
  • You can potentially increase night time visibility of your home by adding landscaping.
  • Landscaping allows you as the home owner to become creative when it comes to the beauty of your home.

Cons of Landscaping

  • Keep in mind that cement and concrete and crack over periods of time, decreasing the quality appearance of your home.
  • If garden curbing is what you desire, keep in mind that your boundaries will be set on how far you allow your garden to grow.

As you can see the pros lightly outweigh the cons of landscaping.  Many individuals prefer to landscape their home because it enhances the beauty of your home, especially if you are getting ready to sell.

Source: Do It Yourself

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Painting your home to sell

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

File:Homes For Sale Gautier Ms.JPGAre you getting ready to sell your home?  Have you considered adding a fresh paint of coat to possibly raise the value of your home?  If you haven’t you may want to think again.  Cosmetic painting is just what your home may need to obtain some potential buyers.  If you think about it, if you are currently house hunting, you most definitely may be looking for a house that has a stellar interior.  Who wants a home that has walls that are cracked and peeling and just unnattractive? I am sure no one unless you are planning on fixing up yourself.

Here are some excellent tips when it comes to painting your home in order to sell especially specific colors that land a “SOLD” on your for sale sign:

First off, you want colors that catches the buyer’s eye immediately.  This can potentially make the sale or break it so it’s good to research high and low the colors you plan on using.

  • If all else fails, stick with neutral colors.  They are the most common colors which can potentially “increase the sale of your home” according to Jennifer Eblin over at eHow.  The nice thing about neutral colors is it gives the buyer an opportunity to paint the home in the colors they desire.  It’s a win-win situation in that area.
  • Contrasting colors are nice if you as the seller are trying to make some sort of statement to the potential buyer.  They may love the contrasts or it may turn them off. Hopefully the colors will attract those with the same tastes as you.  A variety is always nice, sometimes you dont’ want to do what everyone else is doing, especially in your neighborhood.
  • Complementary colors are great because they can work with your current colors.  Complementary colors add a “polished” look which can really attract buyers to your home.

For more info on how to sell your home using paint, check out “Interior Paint Colors that help Sell your Home” over at realestate.aol.com.

Source: eHow

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Causes of peeling paint

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

File:Peeling paint 1.jpgAre you tired of completing a painting project only to see that it has started peeling only weeks later?  It is definitely an annoying experience and can pose the question:” What on earth causes paint to peel?”  It has been said that usually it is the plaster and not the paint itself. Here are a few reasons why this can happen and may help you in your future painting projects:

Reasons why paint peels

Moisure from high humidity present can be a major cause of peeling.  Really it is only the main reason for peeling unless you have used very low quality paint.  “Peeling occurs when wet wood swells underneath the paint, causing the paint film to loosen, crack, and ultimately peel.”  This most definitely makes sense doesn’t it?  We repainted our kitchen a couple years ago and within weeks an area of the ceiling began cracking and peeling at a fast rate.  Well, what we realized was it was the area where our dishwasher is located.  The moisutre of the air that floats to the ceiling affected the weak area of the plaster thus causing cracks and peels in the paint.  Very frustrating to say the least.

It is best to correct any condition that may have led to paint failure to prevent these ongoing problems.

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Power washing during the autumn season

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

File:US Navy 100910-N-9520G-011 Chief Aviation Electronics Technician (Sel.) John Thomson uses a power washer to clean the surface of the EA-6B Prowler .jpgIs the exterior of your home needing a good power wash right about now?  Though mold, mildew, dirt, grime, and sludge can build up in time throughout the year you may find that power washing the outside of your home can be done efficietly in the autumn months.   I understand that the good state of Florida does not experience all 4 seasons like that of northern states but at least it tends to be on the cooler side of things to make the job easier to complete without getting over heated and uncomfortable.

If you have never power washed before this may be the route you want to take this fall.  I have heard of a few people trying to power wash their home while not knowing much about the system and not getting the results that you are supposed to.  Just give in and hire a professional, you will probably be happy that you did.

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