Do-It-Yourself Tips

The Best Bang for Your Remodeling Buck

You’ve got a tax return coming and want to invest in your home; but what remodeling project will protect your investment the best?  Many would advise remodeling your bathroom or finishing the basement; and there’s always plenty of other things grabbing your attention. But the truth is, the best return on your home improvement dollar

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Ladders – The Most Dangerous Tool You Own

A video on Facebook reminded me today of the most dangerous tool most of us have in our homes – and one so common it’s often overlooked completely – ladders. According to OSHA, the most common tool-related accidents involve ladders, accounting for more than 38% of all construction accidents.  Each year, more than 164,000 emergency

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Fence pressure washing

Contrary to popular belief, cedar fences aren’t supposed to be gray!  In fact, with proper care, there’s no need to ever look at dingy, gray fencing again.  Being a natural organic fiber, wood can be damaged by constant exposure to the sun.  Add to that the everyday buildup of dirt and grime that gets into

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Prioritizing Your Summer Painting Projects

“Janice” and I were walking around her main floor.  We had just finished painting her living room and stairway.  “We’re thinking about re-doing the kitchen, or maybe our room, and now the loft doesn’t match the living room; but we also want a quote for our exterior, but we may wait until next year for

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Mr. Bean Paints His Flat

I came across this clip a while back; and considering some of the paint jobs we’ve come across I’m sure this was the technique they used.  I will say this, though: he does a better job masking than many of the painters out there!      


do it myself or pay someone – a real-life story

I’ve recently taken up a new ‘hobby’.  I have an old-school barber who immigrated here by way of many years in New York who uses a straight razor to shave my neck. About a year ago, I decided to see what the fuss was about with a straight-razor shave, so I bit the bullet and

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Fifteen Common House Painting Mistakes

Painting your own house can be a worthwhile project that adds value to your home or a nightmare that leaves a mess you have to look at for years. Here is a terrific article from DIY Network that points out the 15 most common mistakes people make when thay paint themsleves and how to avoid

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The Perplexing Problem of Bull-nose Corners – Pt 2: ‘Square’ Corners on Round WAlls

Over the last couple decades bull-nose, or rounded corners have become increasingly popular.  They don’t seem to get broken as often and they soften the transition between areas.  The challenge becomes when you want to change the color on some areas and not others.  How do you create the clean, crisp corner on something without a clean,

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Comprehensive List of Exterior Painting Supplies

With the weather in Denver turning warm, we know a few of you weekend warriors are chomping at the bit to get started on your summer projects.  And for some of you that will include exterior paint.  So for those of you who insist on doing it yourself we’ve put together a comprehensive list of

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The Realities of Painting Yourself – Part 1: The “All Summer Project”

Does your home’s exterior need a paint job this year? Is it getting those funny-looking ‘shadows’ on the siding? Is the trim starting to flake? Are you thinking of painting it yourself?  As long as you’re not afraid of heights and don’t mind a lot of elbow grease you probably have what it takes to

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