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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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How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim

How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for filling nail holes and painting exterior PVC trim.

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Garage Progress

Garage Progress

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We're making good progress on the garage shop at the project house. Drywall is hung, carriage doors are installed and the new front facade has been painted.

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Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

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EPA official tells NAHB webinar participants that the agency is increasing inspections of RRP job sites and stepping up enforcement

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Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems

Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for covering the inevitable blemishes on cedar shingles

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How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

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If you need to keep a straight, clean line between a painted surface and a varnished surface, you could try free-handing it the way the great painters do, or you could put down some masking tape and...

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Do Rules on Disturbing Lead Paint Apply to a Detached Garage?

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A neighbor has hired someone to clean and paint a detached garage on his property, and now paint chips presumably containing lead are everywhere

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Concern Over EPAs Proposed New Lead-Safe Rule

Concern Over EPA's Proposed New Lead-Safe Rule

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A dust-wipe testing rule would further boost the costs of renovations and repairs involving lead-safe practices, a recent survey indicates. But would it also alleviate liability concerns?

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Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

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An Oregon painting contractor shells out over $32K for failing to comply with lead-paint regulations.

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Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

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Add a little water, grab a paint roller, and speed up this tedious job.

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Note to Self: Always Put Paint in Trunk!

Note to Self: Always Put Paint in Trunk!

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How often to we head off to work without a concern of how tools, materials and supplies are loaded? For me its too often but these photos are a reminder to consider the consequences.

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Improvised paint shield

Improvised paint shield

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I don’t paint enough trim to have the steady hand required to paint windows and trim without some kind of masking. Usually, I reach for my paint shield for some help. It has a bladelike...

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How To Clean a Small Paint Roller Without Clogging Your Sink

How To Clean a Small Paint Roller Without Clogging Your Sink

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An improvised spinner and a bucket of water work wonders when cleaning these handy little rollers.

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Another way to keep your paint brushes clean.

Another way to keep your paint brushes clean.

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When it's not too hot out, and our customers approve, Tiki comes with me and the crew to supervise our exterior painting jobs. You can count on him to find a shady tree somewhere, and count on him to...

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Paint Brush - keeping it from drying until the next use

Paint Brush - keeping it from drying until the next use

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Just saw the Chuck Miller video on using a ziplock bag to put your wet paint brush in, but I think this trick is easier, less messy, cheaper, and more effective.  Take a length of SaranCling...

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Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

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Ballasts made from pvc pipe filled with sand and capped are vey useful in holdiing down plastic sheeting when pressure washing or scraping the exterior of a house. The sheeting can be wrapped around...

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