Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Steps Of Interior Painting

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Interior painting can be a little bit of a pain when you need to move all the furniture, paint the walls, ceiling, and trim.  Specially when you need to move furniture from one room to the other or to cover it all up. I am going to tell you what we do at Seaway Handyman for painting interior jobs.

The first thing we need to do is decide what exactly needs to get painted and how many coats is required. Let say for example purposes that we are going to paint two coats of paint on the ceiling, walls, and trim.

Lets move what we can from one room to another to give up amble amount of space to move around and use a ladder when we need to. Then, lets cover up all rest of the furniture that cannot be moved from the room. Make sure we wipe down any trim, walls, and remove any nails or hangers on the walls. Place all these Pictures and accessories for hanging pictures into a box. At this point, everything is off the walls and the furniture is now covered or moved.

WE then need to fix any holes using a drywall compound. This might be a two part process if the first coat does not cover the hole completely. ALWAYS use a hand sanding block, NOT a powered sanding tool. Also, use a super smooth sanding block for final finish. After the holes are repaired and completely smooth, then wipe up the walls, trim, and everywhere the dust is. You cannot paint if there is any sign of dust!

The first thing we need to paint is the ceiling. Start by going around the trim, ceiling fans, and lights so that when you come back with your roller, you have everything trim painted properly. Let the ceiling paint dry for 2 hours ( Behr FLAT Ceiling Paint ). I normally go a little but on the walls by a quarter inch to make sure that when I cut the walls, the ceiling and walls are done correctly and no other old paint will ever show. Please note that the walls will be cut where the ceiling and walls meet with a straight line. Once the ceiling is painted two coats, lets move onto the trim.

Paint around the trim for the door frames, floor boards, windows, and what ever has trim that requires painting on. Again, I will go onto the walls from the trim a quarter inch so when I cut with the wall paint, the old paint will not show what so ever. This will require two coats of trim. When the trim is all done, the next step is the add tape to the floor trim.

The trim paint has to be completely dry. Add BLUE painters tape to straight edge of bottom floor trim. This will allow for a straight edge when doing the bottom walls and protect from splatter when rolling the walls. Once the tape is on CORRECTLY, the next step is to paint the walls.

Start by cutting the ceiling to the walls with a STRAIGHT edge and by hand only. I never use any tool for cutting as the ceilings are NEVER 100% accurate and sometimes tools can make more of a problem than they are worth. Use a steady hand and take your time to do a nice straight cut line. Come down from the ceiling/wall angle about 2-3 inches to allow for the roller to meet up when rolling the walls. Once the cutting is done for the ceiling/walls, and the light switches and sockets, then its time to roll the walls.

Rolls the walls one coat then come back and do another coat on the cutting, then roll again for the second coat.

Let the paint dry for 24 hours before you put your furniture back.

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Poisons In The Home – Child Safety

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Keeping Your Home Safe From Dangers

As your baby starts to move around the house, it is extremely important that you protect her from the poisons routinely kept in the home. Here are some tips to help keep your child safe.
Go through what you have and throw out what you don’t need
Have an old box of lye around? You’re probably not ever going to use it, and it’s terribly dangerous, so get rid of it. Keep only the products you really use, so that there are fewer things to have to keep locked up.
Keep things locked up
Assemble all your cleaning supplies, and put them in locked cabinets. Don’t assume that putting them in a higher cabinet keeps your child safe. Sometimes babies seem to learn to climb overnight, so simply storing items on a higher shelf might not be enough. This could be a metal container that locks and should be air tight. Add your paint and other chemicals in here and always store all these items in room temperature or colder. If you have bug sprays, mosquito spray, and other chemical components, this is also a great place to store these items.
 fire cabinet
Don’t store poisons in old food containers
Your baby will learn early on to recognize things like a juice container or baby food jar so don’t use empty ones to store hazardous products.
Throw empty containers away outside
Don’t put the empty bleach container in the kitchen trash can – rinse it and take it to the outside trash can immediately.
Check your plants
There are many common houseplants that are poisonous, including philodendron, English ivy, holly, mistletoe, and hyacinths, so it’s best to remove these or keep them well out of reach.
Some things you might not think of as poisonous
Your cosmetics, over the counter medicines, vitamins, and mothballs can all be poisonous, so keep these locked up or out of the way. Get used to reading labels, so that you can keep tabs on new things that come into the house.
If you’ve never had children before, keeping up with products that can be poisonous can be a challenge at first. But, take some time, preferably before the baby is born, to sort through your items and store them properly. Then, be diligent about buying the safest items you can. For instance, non-chlorine bleach is safer than chlorine. And, always look for child-proof caps on products you plan to buy. Learn to substitute. Did you know you can use olive oil to polish furniture and vinegar to clean your hardwood floors? These kinds of substitutions can make your home safer, and give you fewer items to look up. And, finally, don’t forget to post your local poison control phone number right by the phone. It could save your child’s life.
Just In Case – Important Information/Numbers
Always have on quick hand all the emergency numbers just in case something does happen. Have the poison control number, the police and ambulance, and your doctors number handy ( God Forbid You Need Them ). If your home is safe, you will never use this list and this is a great feeling knowing that your children are safe from poisons and other substances.
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Stop The Mold From Happening In The Bathroom

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Preventing Bathroom Mold

As the most frequently wetted area in your home, the bathroom is where mold is most likely to grow. However, with some attention and proper maintenance, it is easy to prevent mold from growing and spreading in your bathroom.
Your bathroom is one of the most wetted rooms in your home, and therefore is one of the rooms where mold is most likely to grow. The fact that heat and moisture are frequently generated in the bathroom promotes mold growth as these factors provide great conditions for mold to grow and flourish. Prevent mold in your bathroom is vital for your health and for the way your bathroom looks. In addition, if neglected and due to optimal growing conditions, bathroom mold is likely to spread internally through walls, ceilings, and floors, leading to an extremely expensive remediation costs. One of the key factors for bathroom mold prevention is frequent inspections to prevent water damage that can lead to mold growth. The first step in mold prevention is keeping your bathroom dry and airy. Use a humidity meter to check humidity levels before and after showers. Be sure to keep humidity levels below forty to forty five percent. If you allow adequate air circulation, your bathroom humidity levels should drop below 45 percent within 5-10 minutes from the minute you finished your shower.
Shower and Bathtub Maintenance
Keep the bathtub, floors, walls, and ceilings, clean and dry at all times. To prevent mold where it is very likely to grow, be sure to stretch the bathtub curtain after using the bathtub to allow equal and complete drying.
Air Flow
Allowing air flow and air circulation are key step in keeping low humidity levels. The basic technique and the simplest is to open windows and doors right after taking a shower to allow air to free flow and remove excess moisture. If you didn’t install an exhaust fan yet, do so as soon as possible as this is a great tool for bathroom ventilation. Turn on the exhaust fan while taking a bath or shower and leave it working for 5-10 more minutes after finishing using the bathroom to allow the bathroom to dry completely. Confirm that your fan exhausts outdoors directly.
Day to Day Maintenance
Day to day maintenance is important to prevent water damage and mold. It will also help detecting problems before they become a large scale disaster. Drains must be kept in good shape. Allow the bathtub to drain completely and by removing all debris and using drain openers from time to time. Create hard surfaces on your bathroom walls using semi-gloss paint. It is harder for mold to grow on these type of surfaces.
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