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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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Whats the Difference?: Solvent-Free Paint Strippers

What's the Difference?: Solvent-Free Paint Strippers

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Solvent-free strippers might not be as aggressive as solvent-based products, but they do work and are much safer.

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Corrosion-Resistant Paint

Corrosion-Resistant Paint

Polyvinylidene fluorides, or PVDFs, are acknowledged in the industry as the best resins for coating metal.

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How to Remove Paint From a House

How to Remove Paint From a House

Learn how to remove paint using hand scrapers, power scrapers, chemical strippers, and heat.

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1970s Bathroom Renovation (Product from Lowes / Work done by Me)

1970's Bathroom Renovation (Product from Lowes / Work done by Me)

This bathroom was straight from the 1970’s!  Not only was it ugly, but it was in desperate need of repair.  The original tub / shower was cracked, flaking apart and leaking.  The...

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