Oil-Based vs. Latex Paint

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It’s time to paint a room in your home but you don’t know what type of paint to buy at the hardware store or paint store. There are two common forms of interior paint. The two choices are oil-based paint and latex paint.

Should you choose oil-based paint or latex paint to paint your room?

OIL-BASED PAINT

Here are some of the advantages of choosing oil-based paint for painting your room:

  • This type of paint often spreads over the surface much smoother than latex paint does. A smooth coat is ideal for painting the walls of a room.
  • Oil-based paint is able to cover the surface of the wall much more thoroughly in just one coat than latex paint will.
  • This type of paint does not shrink much at all.
  • Oil-based paint requires a lot of time to dry so you have more time during the project as the paint dries.
  • Oil-based paint is good for high-traffic areas in your home.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Oil-based paint is much more likely to crack or yellow or fade after an extended period of time.
  • Fumes from this type of paint can be overwhelming during the painting process.
  • Oil-based paint is very difficult to clean off of your paint brushes and rollers after you are done.
  • You cannot simply pour oil-based paint down the drain or in the garbage to dispose of it. This paint contains toxins and chemicals that are not suitable for standard garbage removal.

LATEX PAINT

Here are some of the advantages of latex paint:

  • Latex paint will not yellow over time like oil-based paint does.
  • This option is much more eco-friendly and better for the environment.
  • Latex paint dries very fast after it is painted on the wall in your home.
  • It is very easy to clean up latex paint after you are done painting because you can just wash it right down a drain.
  • Stores are stocking more colors and variations of latex paint so it is easier to find a color you want.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Latex will swell the grain of wood which will require sanding between coats.

You can see based on the small number of disadvantages of latex paint that it is the type of paint we prefer and would recommend for painting a room in your home.

Choose the Right Lumber for Your Project

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You have to buy the right lumber for your woodworking project if you want to ensure the project is a success. You need to know how to evaluate the lumber available for purchase in order to ensure you buy the correct lumber for the job.

This post will provide tips on how to choose the right lumber for your woodworking project and what types of lumber to avoid:

LUMBER BUYING TIPS:

You need to bring a tape measure to the lumberyard. You want to ensure you buy the exact sizes and cuts necessary for the project.

You should also bring a piece of chalk in order to mark the pieces of lumber throughout the yard you intend to purchase in order to avoid forgetting the ones you selected or needing to carry each piece throughout the yard as you shop.

Always buy more lumber than you need. No one is perfect and there is a good chance you will have an error or two when cutting the lumber. You don’t want the error to require extra trips to the lumberyard.

If you don’t use all of the wood you purchase, simply store it in your garage or in a shed for use for a later woodworking project.

WATCH OUT FOR WARP!

Look out for twist warp. This type of wood warp is when the board is twisted in a way that it is no longer flat or balanced across its length. This will result in poor quality during your woodworking project.

Bowing warp is a gradual curve across the length of the wood that is also bad for woodworking.

The last form of wood warp to watch out for is cupping. This looks fairly similar to bowing and is noticeable at the end of the piece of lumber.

Read more on wood warping.

WATCH OUT FOR CHECKING!

Checking on a piece of lumber is a crack in the end of the lumber. You can purchase lumber that has cracking as long as you’re able to cut off the piece with the checking and still have enough wood leftover.

You also need to consider the grain finishes and types of wood. This is preference and based on the specific project you are working on. You can consult employees of the lumberyard on which wood they would recommend for a specific project.

These are some of the main wood errors to watch out for.

Also do not buy a piece of wood that is wider than you need in the hopes of being able to cut it down its length to reduce the width. You will ruin the quality of the grain and durability of the wood doing this. Purchase the necessary width for the project and work with that.

You can see there are several factors to consider when purchasing lumber for a wood working project. The wood itself is critical to the outcome of the project so take your time in selecting the lumber you intend to use.

For more questions on how to choose the right lumber for woodworking, use our online contact form.

How to Plant a Tree

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A tree is a very beautiful addition to any yard. You will reap many benefits from planting a tree in your yard and the environment will too. A good tree can become a permanent part of your property if planted correct and cared for as it should be.

The good news it is very easy to plant a tree and it is even something your children could help with too!

LET’S PLANT A TREE!

The first thing you need to do is decide where to plant the tree. This is one of the most important steps in the entire process. You need to set your tree up for success and its location is extremely important.

You should research zoning and neighborhood rules for your home as some locations will have rules concerning whether you can plant a tree and where you can plant one. You should also call 811 to be sure it is safe to dig in the location you decide to plant the tree.

Scope out your yard and find a spot that has optimal sunlight and one far enough away from your home so that when the tree fully matures it won’t come into contact with your home nor will the branches hang over your roof.

STEPS TO PLANT A TREE

The best time to plant a tree is in the fall or in the spring. You should not attempt to plant a tree in the cool winter months or the hot summer months if you want the best results.

To dig a hole for the tree, dig the hold two times the width of the container the tree comes in and dig the hole the exact depth of the container. The extra width will allow the roots to branch out in the soil.

Loosen the soil at the bottom with your shovel and moisten the soil with your garden hose. Do this for a minute or two so that the soil is fertile and wet below where the tree will rest as it grows.

Remove the container by cutting it down the sides with a utility knife. Then lift up the tree by the root bulbs and place the tree into the hole.

Loosen the roots to help them grow out and be sure the branch is straight before you start to fill in soil around the root bulb. Fill the surrounding space with fresh dirt and then tamp the dirt around the base of the tree.

Now add about 2 inches of mulch around the base of the tree but don’t pile it directly against the tree. This is the final step of planting the tree.

You need to saturate the soil around the tree after you plant it. We also recommend that you water the tree two or three times a week for the entire first year after you plant it in the ground.

Now your tree can grow healthy and strong and be a source of shade and beauty in your yard for many years to come!

3 Mistakes to Avoid Making When Hiring a Professional for Your Home Repairs

If you were to interview homeowners in your neighborhood about their experience with remodeling contractors or other professionals, more than fifty percent will tell you they’ve had several bad experiences. Everything seems to be working out fine until the project was over. When you trace back, you’ll realize that they made mistakes when looking for the contractors.

Understand that finding a reputable professional for whatever type of home repairs you’re dealing with can be overwhelming. We can compare it to finding a needle in a haystack. You must get it right in this phase otherwise you’ll end up with a story to tell others. Homeowners seem to never learn from their experiences or other people’s mistakes. Well, you could end up having a different experience when you avoid these mistakes.

Choosing the contractor with the Lowest Price

From HVAC repairs and plumbing repairs to electrical repairs, cheaper or lower doesn’t always mean better. The moment you receive quotes from several contractors, don’t look for the cheapest offer. The cost is low because the services could be poor. Another reason could be inexperience or even delays in service delivery. Hiring a qualified and experienced professional might cost you more money but will provide quality and efficient services.

Ignoring Past Customer reviews and not checking for Licensing and Insurance

No matter how urgent you need the repair done, don’t ignore or overlook customer reviews. Get recommendations from family members, neighbors, or friends, but still visit the web for client reviews. A contractor with a long list of negative reviews might not be the right one for the job. Another mistake homeowners make is not checking insurance and licensing. A licensed and insured contractor will reduce liabilities and ensure quality work. Insurance protects you from any damage or injury resulting from the task being performed.

Not getting Written Quotes

First of all, failure to ask the right questions could affect the outcome of your work. Communication is very important. Contractors might provide you with a bid for your home repair work, but fail to stick to it. That’s why you need to ask for estimates in writing. The quote should include the work to be done, or rather services to be delivered. A written bid is not only important for your budget but will help you document the history of your home repairs.