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  1. Painting
    DIYing a room with strange, whitewashed wood paneling that has non-uniform grooves in it. I've plenty of experience with DIY painting with good prep and long-lasting results but I want to be 100% certain with this one since it's completely foreign to me, so I'm asking for advice on/critiques to...
  2. HVAC
    I just had a steam boiler (Weil Mclain) installed and the installers addressed some of the initial hammering by bleeding some of water in the unit from the top-most drain valve. I've now read about this process as "defoaming". Well they are done and gone now and during the first night (a few...
  3. Painting
    I have some fiber cement board that I need to paint on the side of my building. Painters and manufacturers recommend 100% acrylic paint but I need to use solvent based paint to match the rest of the concrete building that's not covered by fiber cement board. I live right next to the ocean so I'm...
  4. Painting
    I have talked to a painter who I may use to paint my new construction home and sugested that he tint the primer to somewhat match the color of the finish coat. He said that I would be better off Not tinting the primer, and using white only. The finish color will be on the lighter, neutral side...
  5. Painting
    I'm in the process of refinishing a wood panel door. So far, I've cleaned it with Dirtex, repaired cracks and holes with wood filler, spot sanded the repairs, light fine sanded the entire door to rough up the surface, vacuumed, and gone over the door with tack cloths. Questions: 1. Prior to...
  6. New Member Introductions
    Glad I came across this site. As I type I have Zisnner's Shellac Primer on my knuckles and fingernails, but the cabinets took the majority of the hit… Prime splotches aside, I am a young woman who had to learn commercial construction real fast (for almost 5 years) and loved to play with Legos...
  7. Painting
    My living room has some very poorly attached vinyl wallpaper (I can remove it with my bare hands). It's also ugly, so down it goes. Under it is a papery yellow backing. I tried steaming it off to get to the plaster underneath, but it barely responded at all. I'm considering just painting over...
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