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Interior Painting: When to Leave It to the Pros

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Painting is something that most homeowners feel equipped to do. Lay down some drop cloths, tape off the molding and electrical outlets, and you’re good to go … right? While interior painting might not look difficult, the truth is, it is sometimes worth the money to pay a professional to complete the project. After investing in good paint, the last thing you want is to end up with streaks, dabs of color in the corners of the ceilings, or a failed experiment that means the walls need to be sanded and primed to look nice again. Read More»

3 Eye-Catching Options To Make Your Store More Visible

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You have a sign over your store identifying who you are and what you do, but people aren’t coming in to browse or inquire. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t need you – only that the promotional tools you’re currently using aren’t sufficient to catch their eye and demand their undivided attention. Here are some ways you can boost your store’s visibility as a prelude to boosting your success. Read More»

Tips To Make Lasting Plaster Crack Repairs

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Plaster walls were often constructed in homes through the late 1950s until drywall replaced plaster as a wall covering. While plaster may need to be replaced by a professional contractor if excessive damage is noted, you can fix cracks on your own. Cracks can be easily filled in with lime-based plaster material. However, quick repairs rarely last. You will need to do several things before the repair is made to make sure that plaster remains after your fix is completed. Read More»

4 Tricks For Dealing With Aluminum Alloy Warpage During Heat Treatment

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Aluminum alloys are widely used for both exterior paneling and interior parts like gears because of its relatively high strength compared to its weight. While it’s possible to machine aluminum alloy parts with tolerances as tight as steel, the metal may not have the ductility or strength for the job after machining alone. Unfortunately, the thermal processing to improve its characteristics can also cause it to distort and warp. Maintain your tolerances while improving the structure of the aluminum by trying one of these four heat treating tricks. Read More»

5 Common Mistakes Made during DIY Exterior Drain Tile Installation

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When faced with a wet basement due to leaking foundation walls, you may not want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on professional repairs. However, trying to fix the problem on your own with a DIY exterior drain tile installation is all too likely to backfire unless you have plenty of excavation experience and own the right equipment. Watch out for these five common issues that pop up if you choose to go the DIY route so you can handle them like a professional. Read More»