How Do I Tell If The Paint On My Walls Is Latex Or Alkyd (oil) Based?
Sep20

How Do I Tell If The Paint On My Walls Is Latex Or Alkyd (oil) Based?

You can take some denatured alcohol or fingernail polish on a cloth and lightly rub it on an inconspicuous test area. If the paint softens and is easily removed, then it is a latex paint. If the paint does not really seem to be affected by the test, it is typically an alkyd (oil based) coating. If you are still not sure, look for an inconspicuous area and with a small tweezer-type tool remove a small chip or sample of the pain. Bring...

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Really Easy Bathroom Upgrade
Aug18

Really Easy Bathroom Upgrade

So, the holidays are here and you’ve got family coming in…and that bathroom has really been on your last nerve. If you’re feeling pinched on time and money, here’s a great way to update without much of either. Paint the cabinets! You’ll get rid of the flaking varnish, water damage, and smears of paint from poorly executed wall paint jobs in a few hours. Steps: Remove Hardware Clean Sand Use Denatured Alcohol Prime & Seal...

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Tape Off the Carpet
Aug18

Tape Off the Carpet

Many professional painters will carefully slip their painting masking tape under the baseboards when painting them so as to not get paint on the carpet or other floor covering. This is a good way to be able to trim baseboards excellently and at an efficient speed, but the actual masking is time-consuming and sometimes doesn’t create a seep-proof seal between the baseboard and the carpet or other floor covering. Another method...

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Five Great Tips In De-cluttering!
Aug16

Five Great Tips In De-cluttering!

If you live alone, you don’t have to tolerate anyone’s clutter  – but your own. But, if you add another human to the household, then you’ll most likely butt heads over how and when stuff is stored, piled, and placed away. 

Here are 5 tips on dealing with a clutter-er:
 1. Determine if arguments about clutter are really power struggles or inefficient storage of home items. Is the rift really about piles of paper or an...

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Handyman Hardware Has Grand Finale Shopping Giveaway; Winner Takes Home $1,000 In Merchandise!
Jul11

Handyman Hardware Has Grand Finale Shopping Giveaway; Winner Takes Home $1,000 In Merchandise!

The spring season just got a little more golden for Handyman Hardware and customer Leon Kolczycki. On June 9, 2015, Leon Kolczycki was chosen as the winner of the Handyman Hardware and Supply $1,000 Shopping Giveaway. Kolczycki’s was selected at random from more than 400 entries submitted at the store from February 23 – May 31, 2015. Leon was quite surprised when he received the phone call about winning the grand prize. Leon was...

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White Distilled Vinegar… Who Knew?
Jan13

White Distilled Vinegar… Who Knew?

Most everyone knows that ordinary white distilled vinegar can be a powerful and safe cleaner around the house. It’s acidity makes it useful in many way. So, it hit me that there was a use in my house that would be perfect for vinegar! Our shower head had gotten so clogged that there were actually portions of the shower head where no water was coming out. I couldn’t believe that vinegar would clear it up at first, but everything...

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