Happy New Year

As we close out 2016 and about to enter 2017. From our family to yours, we wish everyone a Safe and Prosperous Happy New Year. Our office will be closed on Monday 02 January and will resume normal business functions starting Tuesday. And our normal blogs will continue the first Sunday of January which we will be discussing carpentry.

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Painting

This weeks blog is about painting . As we get into colder temperatures a lot of home owners will be thinking about sprucing up a room like the dining room or even a complete home paint task. And yes this includes the outside painting. So, as we end 2016 and are just shy of 2017, we wanted to share some thoughts about painting.sash-brush  Also, I want to let everyone know this will be our last technical blog until 2017. So lets begin.

When you decide to select your contractor that is performing your painting project the first thing you need to ask is, have you done multi room colors. This requires the experts to shine. Then ask them how they cut in with different trim, do they use painters tape and my favorite what we do, ask them do they have a sash brush. A sash brush is the painters favorite. We use them all the time for cutting in corners, around windows and just that odd spot where you have 1 or 2 inches of wall next to the door. If they do not use one well you have your answer.  Today’s painters have really advanced with technology and how the industry has progressed. Originally, back in the day the painter would make the colors on site where as now you pick the color on a swatch. The original principles still apply whether its a professional contractor or a couple looking to spruce up the dining room themselves. If it is a professional ask if you can buy the paint. This will save you a bit a of money. But make sure you do not buy the $9.00 gallon of paint and expect the beauty of a customized paint job. And yes there are paint companies that have at retail $65.00 gallon paint. Unless our clients want that type of paint, we use a great grade of paint that will be durable and withstand the environment and look just as good.

So, lets say you decide to take on a bathroom or the dining room and want to paint. You will see blemishes from older paint streaks, nail holes, or just a bit of cracking of drywall that needs to be repaired. Even if you are going to place the pictures back in the same area. You will want the walls perfect. That picture with the new paint may look different at that area. So remove them hangars for the pictures. Do not cut corners, treat the walls to be perfect. Besides, there are newer style hangers to improve the picture hanging. And, those areas can be filled and corrected.  There is a lot of preparation before the actual brush or roller hits the wall or ceiling.

Now that you are ready to paint and selected the color you probably went to a box store or maybe a painting company store. Paints have different grades and sheen’s. Some use cute retail names like “Velvet Flat” reminds me of the 70’s when i was in grade school, or you have the typical Eggshell or Satin. Then you have oil base and latex or some know of alcohol base. And here is one, you have exterior and interior grade and different levels. It can be confusing like figuring the rubic’s cube.  But really it is not. I always suggest for living areas use an eggshell sheen. If it is an accent wall for a purpose, lets use a higher grade paint but flat sheen and lets consider the lighting. For bathroom and kitchens I suggest for the walls use an exterior grade paint and use a semi-gloss or at least a satin sheen for easy cleaning and steam. For ceilings apply flat paint but make sure its gonna be a color to reflect to absorb light. And finally the trim.For crown molding to show the detail we use high gloss sheen and sometimes for the baseboard trim.

So in closing, a simple paint task can be very complex. Every know and then it may pay to have an expert consultant to just assist you on the way. But bottom line the cost of a gallon of paint depends on what you want to do. We will be gladly to even help home owners with painting. For example taking care of them blemishes and nail holes. And just being there to get them going. Remember, a contractor that is going to help you with that little project for you gratification is the contractor you want for them bigger jobs. At Pasco Home Remodeling & Repair we will take that time to work with home owners. When it comes to painting feel free to call us anytime at 352-322-2700 or look us up on the web at; www.pascoremodel.com   Thank you everyone for following us. Happy Holidays and we look forward to blogging in 2017.

 

Drywall Finishing

Ever wonder why drywall compound takes longer to dry when other times it will dry quicker. This weeks blog is about finishing drywall to a paint-able finish. So, lets begin.

When drywall installers install drywall its important that the drywall is installed correctly. For example, you have finished edges from the factory that are beveled. You want the drywall to be perpendicular across the framing for more rigidness. And you want the drywall to be nailed or screwed every stud and every 12″ on the stud for ceiling joist. What you do not want is the drywall to be placed and not really tight as this will cause cracking in the compound and not adhere correctly.

When the finishers are applying the compound, they may use different types of drywall tape for the best application. For instance, if it is against the drywall that is existing, then you will have a cut edge and its best to use mesh drywall tape instead of paper tape. In the corners you will have papertape to cover the corner. There are other drywall finishing instruments as well depending upon the type of job but lets stick with these 2 for now. When finishing drywall its important that the edges meet up and are as flat as possible. In union school, I was taught, factory to factory and cut to cut edges. This usually applies to most applications. In remodeling most of the time.

Most of the times the drywall finisher will apply the tape and a good first coat to cover the tape. Most drywall finishing will need 2-3 coats depending upon the application. In some cases matching up to existing plaster for a small repair, it may need 4 to really feather it out. But when finishing drywall the real trick is applying just enough so the compound can dry evenly and at a normal rate. Some will leave heat on to help or place heaters in the rooms. Some have used De-humidifiers, some use an instant compound you mix on site. This is all great, but if the wall or ceiling temperatures are not at at least approximately 65-70 degrees then the drying times will be longer. I always recommend to keep the room at a comfortable range so that the drywall compound can dry smoothly. Adding extra heat or keeping the ac on can cause cracking and bubbling sometimes and will delay the process. And yes doing ceilings against the attic the compound may dry quicker due to the heat in the attic.

So in closing, the next drywall task you do whether its a small job or a complete remodel, make sure the room is comfy. Not too cold and not too hot. Make sure the finisher has experience in feathering joints. Ask them when they use a 6 inch knife compared to a 10 or 12 inch knife. And lastly, if you see big hunks of compound applied and its going to take a belt sander to finish stop them. The problems will arrise later on as the seasons change. Sometimes drywall joints will crack when the home is acclimated over time. To learn more,  go to www.pascoremodel.com  or call us at 352-322-2700. Thank You.