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How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller

How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller

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If you're rolling a nice, smooth finish onto a painted surface, you could take your chances that the fuzz from your brand-new roller doesn't end up in your paint, but there's a better way

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Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

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Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses.

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How to Paint Screwheads Without Making a Mess

How to Paint Screwheads Without Making a Mess

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If you've got a bunch of screws you need to paint, you could spray them individually, but there's a better way

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How to Make Spray-Can Caps Easier to Remove and Replace

How to Make Spray-Can Caps Easier to Remove and Replace

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Tame that reluctant lid on your paint rattle can with a simple modification.

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Make an Easy-to-Carry Paint Pail Out of a Milk Jug

Make an Easy-to-Carry Paint Pail Out of a Milk Jug

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Don't get hand cramps from lugging around that metal paint can—recycle a plastic jug into an ergonomic painting container.

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Spray-Painting a Door

Spray-Painting a Door

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Work at a comfortable height, overlap passes and keep moving. Oh, and few more things...

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Senate bill would ease EPA paint rule

Senate bill would ease EPA paint rule

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Amendment would restore opt-out provisions that the EPA dropped in 2010

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How to Keep Paint off  a Carpet When Painting Baseboard

How to Keep Paint off a Carpet When Painting Baseboard

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You could try to peel that carpet back as you brush along the edge of the molding and hope you don't get any paint on it, but there's a better way.

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Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples

Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples

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If you're finishing pieces of woodwork with paint or varnish, you could just lean them up against the wall and hope that they don't drip, but there's a better way.

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Undoing the Dings of Life

Undoing the Dings of Life

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A true story, a clever solution and a tool that few carpenters carry on their belts.

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Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

This remolded / updated bathroom started with the claw foot tub that my friend gave me. The claw foot tub was bigger than the old tub, so I had to redsign the bathroom (this is my house) in order to...

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Whats that Finish?

What's that Finish?

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Wood surfaces with clear finishes can often be freshened up with a light sanding and a new application of what’s already there. Here’s how to figure out what's there.

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Painting Secrets of a Pro: Hand-Finishing Custom Cabinets

Painting Secrets of a Pro: Hand-Finishing Custom Cabinets

Spray-painting can achieve a quality finish cost-effectively. But there's a secret to making the job look hand-painted.

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A Drying Rack for the Road

A Drying Rack for the Road

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Constructed from common building materials, this drying rack can be easily transported and quickly set up wherever kitchen cabinets need painting.

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Paint Scheme-ing with SketchUp

Paint Scheme-ing with SketchUp

What wall gets an accent color? Where should a contrasting stripe go? What color combination works best in a space? Use SketchUp for quick answers to these important questions before dipping a brush.

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How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

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Don't wipe your hands on your clothes or a messy rag when caulking crown moldings, casings, and baseboards. Use this handy tip instead

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How to Apply a Weathered Finish to New Wood Siding

How to Apply a Weathered Finish to New Wood Siding

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Don't wait for siding repairs to blend in naturally; Chuck Miller has found a great way to make unfinished wood weather quickly

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How to Make a Mess-Free Varnish Filter out of Cheesecloth

How to Make a Mess-Free Varnish Filter out of Cheesecloth

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If you need to filter an old can of varnish for a small touch up job, you could pour the whole thing through a filter and make a mess... But, there's a better way.

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How to Clean a Large Paint Roller

How to Clean a Large Paint Roller

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You'll feel like a kid again when you use this slick tip for cleaning the messiest of painting tools

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How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding

How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for caulking and painting fiber-cement siding.

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