banner Ad
banner









Advertisement
Contact me to place your ad here

Autumn 2014

Check out our Plans and Articles for Fall

  • Build Bunk beds for your dorm
  • Wet basement? Read this.
  • Winterize your gas
  • How to Jump Start your car
  • Heating Conservation Tips
  • Ice Dams!
  • Insulation 101
  • Dealing with indoor moisture

  • Our Expert Forum!

      Complete Article Index

    Painting Tool Basics

    Brushes:

    Stick with quality brushes. They cost a bit more, but they are worth it in the long run. Clean them after each use and they will last a long long time. You will need a 2 or 2 inch angular sash brush and the same size trim brush. Choose a premium brush with long dense flagged bristles. (Flagged bristles are not square cut but are split on the ends). These brushes will hold more paint and drip less.

    Use a synthetic brush when painting with latex paints. Although synthetic brushes can be used with Alkyd paints, I prefer a natural bristle brush.
    Make sure the brush holds the bristles tightly. (nothing is worse than a shedding brush)
    You will want brushes for cutting in and painting in areas that your roller can't reach. Foam brushes may have their uses, but interior wall painting is not one.

    Rollers:

    On large flat surfaces rollers work best. You can even buy rollers that are fed from the can via a small pump, however I prefer a simple tray. Rollers should be chosen based on the the texture of the surface and the type of paint you are applying.

    Eggshells..............3/8" nap (longer)
    Alkyds..................3/16" nap (shorter)
    Higher glosses use a shorter nap

    For surfaces:
    smooth...................1/8 3/8
    semi-smooth..........3/8
    semi- rough............ -
    rough...................... - 1

    More on Painting: Take a look!

  • today's tip:

    BATHROOM TRAPS

    Have you been away from the house to come home to a "stinky" smelling bathroom. Most likely your trap has dried up and allowed the sewer gas into the line. Just turn the faucet on and run the water from15 to 30 seconds. This should put the water seal back in the trap and keep the gases out!

    Contractors, Builders, Handymen

    Check our Listings for one in your area!

    Get a listing in our online directory.

    Click HERE for details

    Our Top Ten Articles

  • 3-way switch wiring
  • Grounding your outlets
  • Basketball court dimensions
  • Make that basement dry
  • Guide Septic Tanks
  • AFCI, Arc Fault Current Interrupter breakers
  • Sandbox Plans
  • Plans for a brick walk, patio or driveway
  • Simple Toilet Repairs
  • Build a Retaining Wall

      Complete Article Index



      Share your plans!

      Share your projects and plans with everyone. Email Us us your plans, pictures and directions and we'll post them.




    
    
    
    
    Smoke Detectors! - Don't stay home without them!

    
    
    
    
    
    

    Painting Touch-ups

    Touching up flat paint works fairly well, but trying to repaint a glossy area never dries in a uniform way. You will likely have to redo the whole wall.




  • Search our site:
    Google

    handymanusa


    Can't find a solution to your problems? Post a question in our

    Ask the Experts Forums



    Find us on Facebook


    Handymanusa Handymanwire

    Create Your Badge




    Have a Construction/Repair project?:
  • Find a builder, contractor, handyman in your area
    Listing is just getting started

  • Contractors, Handymen, Builders, Trades:
  • Place a listing in our online Directory
  • 
    
    
    
    
    

    Shelf life

    Many stains, paints, and clear finishes have a limited shelf life. It's a good idea to label a half-empty can with the current date. Next time you need to use the finish, you will have a written record of how long it's been sitting on the shelf.


    Experts | Email Us | Disclaimer | Handyman USA home
    Articles | We welcome your feedback. | Privacy
    http://www.handymanusa.com
    Handyman USA
    Your resource for advice on home improvement and repairs.
    Copyright ©1999-2014, Handyman USA LLC. All rights reserved.