Painting Tip About Masking
Jul02

Painting Tip About Masking

Why does the paint on my freshly painted wall peel off when I remove the masking tape from the trimmed areas? Masking tape or even “Painter’s tape” may tend to stick to fresh coatings if not removed shortly after painting or pulled improperly from the surface. When the paint is applied to the walls, it will inevitably cover over the tape as well. As the paint starts to dry, it will start to adhere to the wall as well as the...

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White Distilled Vinegar… Who Knew?
Jul01

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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Painting Question… Is This Latex or Alkyd?
Jun26

Painting Question… Is This Latex or Alkyd?

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 coating.

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A Word of Thanks from Handyman Hardware Owner Rick Heuser
Sep24

A Word of Thanks from Handyman Hardware Owner Rick Heuser

I just want to give a shout out to all of Handyman Hardware’s customers. Your support, patience, and understanding leading up to and following #Irma has been awesome. I’ve always felt that we had the best customers in the world, and what I experienced this week proves it. Customers were helping other customers, offering to bring in umbrellas to provide shade while we pumped propane in the sun for hours, and trades people giving...

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How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks
Sep23

How to Inspect Windows and Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks

Inspect windows and doors regularly to stop air and water leaks that mean costly energy and repair bills. We’ll show you how. How to Check for Air Leaks A home air pressure test sucks outside air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings: Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, and skylights. Close all dampers and vents. Turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans....

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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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