Home Water Savings Tip #461 – Inside – Scrape All Paint Off Paint Brushes Before Cleaning

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 461, Scrape Paint Off Paint Brushes Before Cleaning. For me painting is not fun. Yet, whether you like or dislike painting once you do you will need to clean the paint out of the brushes. You can simply place them under a faucet of running warm water. Or, you can first … [Read more...]

Continuing With The Dryall Damage Repair

Second Layer of Drywall Compound

Last time I described, and showed with a lot of pictures, how I started to repair the large drywall crack on the wall supporting one of the French Doors between the living and dining rooms. If you missed the prior article you can simply use the above link. To remind you of where we left off, we had applied drywall compound onto the crack and surrounding wall surface followed by placing moistened non-adhesive drywall tape onto the wet drywall compound, smoothing the tape so no air pockets … [Read more...]

Completing Pivoting Toilet Paper Holder Installation

First Primer Coat Applied to Wall Repair

The past week or so we have written and shown with many pictures how easy it is to install a toilet paper holder. And, it is actually easier to install a pivoting toilet paper holder because once anchored to the wall, you can lift the bar between the two ends to repair any minor damage to the wall in behind the bathroom accessory. Today we finish the job. Here is where we left things with our new Moen Banbury Pivoting Toilet Paper holder in the brushed nickel finish which we purchased at … [Read more...]

Completing Bathroom Drywall Repair

Closeup of Painting Wall Repair

In the previous article within this drywall repair series, we discussed the technique of using not one but two coats of primer paint, before painting, on top of the two coats of drywall compound, sanded, used to repair the holes in the drywall left when we repositioned the improperly installed double towel rack. Today we see the results of applying the paint. Remember that our goal is to have it appear once the drywall repair project is finished as if there was never a drywall repair … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Finishing The Baseboard Trim

Cracked Baseboard Paint

We showed the finished and cleaned over-sized floor tiles in our previous article within this floor tile home renovation project series. Today, we need to return to deal with the baseboard trim. The one part which the contractors were not willing to do was to paint the baseboard trim once they installed the new floor tile. We had two options, either have them: Install quarter round trim against the existing wood baseboard trim once the new floor tile had been laid and … [Read more...]

Preparing To Lay The Carpet

Missing Carpet Gripper Strips

Yesterday we painted the drywall patch and saw that after two coats of primer plus two coast of paint how there was no difference in the paint colour's tone on the wall. And, that's the point, right? Once the drywall is repaired, you want it looking as if there was no drywall repair in the first place. Now, before the carpet can be put back into position, I needed to replace the carpet tacks gripper strips which were removed during the creation of the dry well as part of the Clarke Basement … [Read more...]

Painting Twice Primed Drywall – One Coat or Two

Starting 1st Coat of Paint

Yesterday we finished double priming the area of the basement drywall following the Clarke Basement Systems repair of crack in our foundation wall. So, did the double priming of the drywall insert help keep the colour constant with the rest of the wall? Let's take a look. Painting is one of those tasks which just does not agree with me; by that I mean that it is one of those home maintenance tasks which a put off as long as I can. I just don't like doing it. However, with such a … [Read more...]

Sanding And Priming Twice The Drywall Repair Insert

Norton WallSand Drywall Screen

Yesterday we say how the Fitz from Clarke Basement Systems started to repair the drywall in our finished basement bedroom following his application of the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system to stop future water leaks. Today, we continue that process. Remember, because the water leak occurred on a finished wall, it was our responsibility to re-finish the repair. So, I used this Norton WallSand Drywall Screen as my sanding tool. I don't like thinks that last. I find … [Read more...]

Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door, Conclusion

Tapes Door Molding

Yesterday we started to write about painting the un-primed door frame for our replacement front door. As mentioned, painting a door frame is not hard. It just needs patience. Do not attempt when you are in a hurry ... unless you are OK with getting paint on the wall from a few wayward brush strokes. :-) Now, if there is one trick to applying the paint it would be not to apply too much at once. You see, the issue I have always had was leaving excessive paint on the painter's tape. In … [Read more...]

Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Unpainted Door Frame

During the spring and summer last year we wrote about our experiences with our replacement front door. Well, even though the replacement for the replacement front door was installed in late June, it was only until recently that we found the time to paint the door frame. Now, if you remember nothing else, remember this. When you order a new front door and frame, please make sure that the door frame comes at least primed. The first replacement door came with a pre-primed door frame. The … [Read more...]

Exterior Replacement Door – Part 18 – Left Hand Vs Right Hand

You have heard of the expression "The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing." before, right? Well, here is a classic example. If it weren't happening to us, it would indeed be funny. And, yes, this is a renovation tip because the more you understand about our perils in using a big box building supply retailer to replace our front door the more informed a decision you can make when you decide to do this as well. OK, here is where we left off in our replacement front door … [Read more...]

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