Exterior House Painting Tips and Procedures

Are you considering painting the exterior of your home and need some tips? Interior painting and exterior painting do have similarities, however there are some major differences that need to be taken into account. Below you can find some handy hints when attempting DIY exterior house painting. If you’re not sure whether you’re cut out for the DIY methods then perhaps it’s best to consult with a professional painter.

Preparation:

  • You’ll need to clean dust and grime of the surface you’re looking to paint (a pressure washer machine will really do a great job)
  • You can also use other utensils which can scrub off any grime or loose paint
  • If there is any nails sticking out anywhere on the surface then you need to nail those back in and apply putty.
  • All wood needs to be primed
  • Make sure if there is any damage on the surface that you fix these up before painting.
  • Place down plastic covering on anything you don’t want to be ruined by paint, or use old sheets.

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Tools You Will Need:

  • Paint Roller
  • Ladder(possibly)
  • Paintbrush and Tray
  • Bristle Brush

Application Tips:

  • You should always start your painting process from the top and work your way down, this minimises mistakes.
  • Avoid painting during hot days and in direct sunlight
  • Paint the larger areas before the small corners of crevices, as you want to get large areas painted quickly before any drying occurs.
  • You should aim to get at least two coats completed rather than just one thick, one, as you’ll have better coverage with this technique. Having a third coat is perfect.
  • Always paint your strokes in the same direction and end the stroke onto already wet paint.

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Products:

You can either use oil based paint or latex paint, which have their differences:

  • Latex paint will dry faster than oil based paint
  • Latex paint is water based
  • Oil based paint is easier to get a smooth result but are general more difficult to apply
  • Oil based is glossy, whereas latex comes in both matte and gloss

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If you want get a specific look or style it’s best to consult with a professional who can guide you towards colours, products and techniques which are in your best interests. Everyone has a different idea regarding what they desire, and so you should find specific instructions that assist your outcome.

For a highly reliable painter, contact Innovative Painting today!

How To Tackle A Dodgy Slow Draining Sink

If you’re having issues with a slow draining sink then take some comfort knowing that it’s a common household plumbing issue, and that there’s usually a pretty simple problem at hand. You need only  follow a few different methods to clear up whatever is at the core of the issue. There can be a number reasons why there’s a blockage in your sink, or something preventing the flow of water, it all comes down to a matter of elimination. In most cases you will find that your sink has built up with hair and general grime, nothing too dire.

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Method 1:

If you want to try and disintegrate the source of your blockage then you can employ the use of some household chemicals. Although this particular method won’t work if the blockage is more than just general debris built up through the piping.

Create an acid reaction in the drain with the use of baking soda (1/2 cup) and white vinegar (1/2 cup. You will notice the explosion type reaction, which will work against any built up grime and debris.

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Method 2:

If you don’t want to use chemicals to try remove blockage from a sink then there is another method you can try, however it requires a little more effort. However if things go smoothly you shouldn’t be more than 20 minutes getting your sink back to normal.

You need to get the stopper out of your sink, so ensure you firstly remove the pivot rod which is holding that in place. Your pivot rod will be fitted with a nut , so make sure you have the right tools to unscrew the nut on the pivot rod. Once you have an entry created you can then begin trying to tackle the clog, you should utilise a bent clothes hanger to try and unclog the debris. Once you’re satisfied you’ve cleaned as much as you can then carefully re-assemble the stopper and pivot rod.

You should then run hot water through to clear out any remaining debris that may have survived your clothes hanger attempt.

Method 3:

Another easy way to attempt to clear a clog in your sink is to go back to basics, and use a plunger. You can easily find a smaller plunger for this job at your local hardware and plumbing store. Make sure you don’t use a plunger that’s too big, as you’ll get no results.

In order to get your clog removed you will need to fill your sink with a bit of water in order to allow the plunger to do its work. Try with just a few strong plunging efforts and see if you get some results.

plunger

Method 4:

Not so much much a method, another suggestion is that you go ahead and buy a particular tool for unclogging a drain. However most people won’t want to purchase a tool that they will rarely use. Nonetheless you can find products that are specific to cleaning and unclogging drains, such as the Zip-it tool.

zip it

Unclogging and working out what has caused a slow draining sink can be quite an easy task if you do your research, so make sure you don’t jump into stress mode!

Instead look at the basics of your scenario and try all the DIY methods before any drastic decisions. If you cannot relieve the issue and you’ve attempted a variety of methods then it’s probably best to call a plumber. You’ll find that if your sink cannot be fixed with these DIY methods then it could be an unusual or hidden issue causing the blockage.

Just remember to take all safety precautions whilst undertaking any DIY work, which includes gloves and safety goggles. Take special care whilst working with chemicals!