Showing posts with label Walls n Sidings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Walls n Sidings. Show all posts

October 17, 2008

Painting Task Today

I was painting the ceiling today and consumed a little more than a gallon of paint. I was using a regular paint roller, so it was a little messy to handle specially that there is no drip cathcher that comes with the roller design. But the extension pole helped a lot, eliminating the need to use a scapolding or a ladder entirely. I personally think that using a ladder or scapolding while painting a ceiling can be dangerous at times and complicates ceiling painting all together. My painting job was not too bad, just required a lot of patience with the preparation, trying to cover all the furnishings and items that i didnt want any paint drips.

The good thing is, we recently bought a new non-stick paint tray that eliminate the need to wash it up with water after painting. The non-stick tray is such a great product, it saves me time and water during clean-up specially that the paint tray is usually the biggest painting tool in a regular painting job, and it eats up a lot of water trying to clean it up, not to mention scrubbing hardened paint residues! With non-stick paint tray, it is so easy, just let the paint dry in the tray after a painting job, and peel off dried paint afterward! I absolutely salute the person who thought of this idea, definitely time-saving tool!

Hint: Although the non-stick tray works really good with regular paint, basing on my experience, primer did not work really well with the non-stick tray.

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September 29, 2008

Challenges That Come With Replacing Windows

One of our building permit includes replacing windows in the house. The house has single pane windows with aluminum framing. When it comes to upgdraing windows, single pane windows are probably considered obsolete nowadays, and the upgrades are mostly being dual pane windows, which are more energy efficient because it had better control and proven performance over the air around it, both hot and cold air. Dual pane windows keep the warm air in and keep the cold air out, and vise versa, which minimize the use of heating or air conditioning furnace to keep the room cool during summer or warm during winter.

By replacing windows using different sizes, part of the indoor walls, sheetrock, had to be cut off inorder to remove the old windows and place the new ones. So there could be plenty of patching of the interior walls or the sheetrock specially if you are replacing a window with a different size. Even more difficult is when the existing sheetrock have texture in them, which means that patched wall had to be textured as well to match with the existing texture. Texturing is not an easy task, you need to find the right texture that match with what is existing and price wise, they usually dont come cheap. A single spray can of texture cost around $12 to $15 that have coverage around 50 to 100 square feet, depending also if its used sparingly or economically. After the texture application, primed paint had to be applied before the colored wall paint can be applied. Paint color has to match the existing wall paint, or else the whole room wall need to be repainted so that it will not have multi-colored or patchy finished end product.

Another major challenge when replacing windows is when the new window had to be move to a new location, or move few inches away from the original location because the header above the existing window will be affected and had to be moved as well. And if the header will be move, you will have to deal with the wall studs as well, possibly add or relocate the 2x4 studs to properly support the new header location, the windows, etc.

But having new dual pane windows are definitely worth it! As simple as replacing windows have dramatic transformation in the look of your home.

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August 10, 2008

Paints Combined Into One

We have several different color paints in our garage. The other day, we decided to check them out one by one, to see if there are anything we can use to paint a bedroom wall. Unfortunately, none of the colors were satisfactory enough, paints were either too dark or too light. We even tested each paint in the wall, walls where we wanted to paint, to see how the color would appear if applied in the wall, but none of the paints worked. Most of the paints we have in the garage come from all different sources, some were leftovers from old painting projects, others were bought in the opps paint sections of stores that we couldnt resist the prices, while others were special orders with high prices but we changed our mind about the color and couldnt return the paint and decided not to use it. All different reasons how and why each paint ended up in the garage, in the effort to find a common ground and a use for it, since most of the paints have been stored for awhile unused, and who-knows-when we are going to really use it individually. We decided to mix some of the paints, the same type paints, all water-based, indoor and acrylic. We decided to combine the dark orangy color with the white and the cream ones, hoping to achieve a lighter version of the dark orange. In the end, we ended up with a nice lively peachy color, which we ended up using by painting it in the bedroom wall.

When you try to mix different colored paints, do make sure that they are the same types and classifications, to make sure that it will mix properly and not flake on you, etc.

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June 2, 2008

Easier Clean Up After Siding Demolition

House siding demolition can be extremely messy and the demolition crew or house flipper may have to deal with all types of nails both big and small falling all over the ground, sometimes hard to see and spot them all. When the nails fall into the grass lawn, or in the dirt, cleaning up the mess may tend to be even more challenging and difficult. So for easy clean up, job would turn out to be so much easier if a canvas tarp is spread against the wall prior for siding demolition. For safety, it might be best if the ladder will not be positioned on top of the spreaded canvas specially if the canvas tarp have a plastic lining on the other side. With the tarp being spread below, it is so much easier and faster to collect most of the fallen nails and tiny little pieces by gathering the ends of tarp together and pour all the collected items in a bucket or into the trash. If you dont have the tarp spread in the ground to catch all the nails and other little pieces, it might be extremely hard to spot them all one by one specially in a loose dirt or grassy lawn.

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