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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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Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

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So, by now we all know about the strict lead regulations being handed down by the EPA (if you don't know, you aren't visiting www.finehomebuilding.com nearly as often as most doctor's would...

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Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out Between Coats

Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out Between Coats

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Washing a brush after every coat of paint can be a real drag. Follow this tip and your bristles will stay straight, and the brush should stay wet for days.

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Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer

Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer

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Learn an old carpenter's trick for getting a sheet of sandpaper to last. All it takes is two folds and a quick slice with a knife.

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Painting balusters before installation

Painting balusters before installation

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If you need to paint multiple balusters prior to installation, here's a simple solution that worked for me.  I drove nails through a small piece of plywood so the nails were showing when I...

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Attention Contractors: Your Lead-Paint Certification Deadline is Approaching

Attention Contractors: Your Lead-Paint Certification Deadline is Approaching

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Plan to repair or renovate a house that was built before 1978? If so, you’ll need to follow some new rules from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Here's what you need to know...

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Save Your Old Paint

Save Your Old Paint

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Save valuable leftover paint without the danger that it will gluck up your walls

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Theater Kitchenette

Theater Kitchenette

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This is a small kitchen I designed and built this year for a customer in Newport, RI.  It is part of their basement to media room conversion. The cabinets are poplar plywood construction, poplar...

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Question: What is Causing This Black Mold?

Question: What is Causing This Black Mold?

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Help me determine why this recently painted exterior section of my home is growing black mold

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Spray-painting screwheads

Spray-painting screwheads

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In response to Emma Kirk's innovative way of painting screw heads (FHB #206, Nov 2009), I'd like to offer the following method which I have used numerous times that I feel is easier and more...

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caulking tool

caulking tool

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When I'm caulking I always need something to tool the caulk with besides my finger. It has to be bendable, but stiff enough to hold its shape, shapeable with my finger as I'm pulling the line...

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An Efficient Way to Paint Doors

An Efficient Way to Paint Doors

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This simple setup uses a couple of sawhorses, some long screws, and a few pieces of plywood to make a spinner for supporting a door while it is painted.

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