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Paint and Color

Spruce Up Your Home with Paint
By Debbie Zimmer
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute

Many homeowners plan to spend the upcoming holiday season close to home, celebrating locally with family and friends. Before the hustle and bustle begins, why not take a weekend and add a colorful touch to your living space. By simply sprucing up those dirty and or out-of-date walls, your home will shine this holiday season.

Interior painting remains one of the easiest ways to inexpensively update your home and by following these four simple steps, you’ll welcome the season with added sparkle and shine.  

1. Prepare the Surface

Good preparation requires the surface be clean and sound. Check for handprints, greasy fingerprints, as well as dirt and scuff marks. Lightly sand glossy spots so the new paint will adhere properly.

2. Pick the Correct Tools

  For latex paint application, purchase synthetic materials because they will hold their shape and maintain the proper stiffness when used with water-based paints. The general rules for naps are the smoother the surface, the shorter the nap; the rougher the surface, the longer the nap.


3. Decide on the Appropriate Paint Sheen and Color

If you're unsure of which color to use, purchase small quantities of a few you like and try them out in the room you will be painting. View the color in both daylight and at night because the color may appear different based on the lighting within the space.

Sheen is another factor. Higher sheen paints tend to offer a bit more durability than flat paints and are appropriate in areas that get a lot of use. Satin or low lustre finishes tend to impart more warmth and depth to a room than a flat paint. The ceiling is a great place to use higher sheen paint for additional lighting reflection.

4. Purchase Quality Paints

Always purchase top quality acrylic latex interior paint. A quality latex paint will go on smoothly and offers soap and water clean-up and long lasting beauty..

Starting Point


Bob Seabrook, Has over 30 years experience in ICI and Residential construction. A past member of the Canadian Construction Association, building for Fortune 100 companies and private individuals , working with owners, architects, designers, and engineers.
His customers receive help with specifications, samples, prototypes, and budgets. more here.

...Most of you may be familiar with the term "CHAIR RAIL ," but for those of you who are not...

CHAIR RAIL - A molding that runs horizontally along the wall at about 3 feet from the ground. In storefront, window wall, or curtain wall systems, a chair rail is an aluminum extrusion applied horizontally to the inside of the system 3 feet from the floor to create a barrier in floor-to-ceiling glazing applications.

another building terminology moment.

Heard Around The House

  • BLUE PRINTS- Architectural plans for a building or construction project, which are likely to include floor plans, footing and foundation plans, elevations, plot plans, and various schedules and or details.

  • BOARD FOOT - In carpentry, the equivalent of a board 1 foot square and 1 inch thick.

  • BUILDING PERMIT - Written authorization from the city, county or other governing regulatory body giving permission to construct or renovate a building. A building permit is specific to the building project described in the application.

  • BUTT to POLISH GLAZING -The installation of glass products where the vertical glass edges are without structural supporting mullions.

  • BX-ARMORED CABLE - A factory assembly of insulated conductors inside a flexible metallic covering. It can be run except where exposed to excessive moisture and should not be run below grade. It must always be grounded and uses its armor as an equipment ground. It is difficult to pull out old wires or insert new ones.

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Trivia Section

English Language

A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).

Ballistics: is the science that deals with the motion of projectiles.

Cannibalism: eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy.

"Ough": can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.

The "O" when used as a prefix in Irish surnames means "descendant of."

The last thing to happen is the ultimate. The next-to-last is the penultimate, and the second-to-last is the antepenultimate.


Computers   Matt Seabrook


In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.

The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe..

Bill Gates & Paul Allen wrote a "BASIC" version for the 8080 microprocessor, Altair, in 1975

Directory: Also called "folder", a directory is a collection of files typically created for organizational purposes.

Note that a directory is itself a file, so a directory can generally contain other directories. It differs in this way from a partition.

Do It Yourself : All about Screws and Drivers  

...When looking for ScrewDrivers,
there are several ,
types to consider:...

A variety of tools exist to drive screws into the material to be fixed. The hand-tool used to drive slot-headed and cross-headed screws is called a screwdriver. A power tool that does the same job is a power screwdriver. The hand-tool for driving cap screws and other types is called a spanner (UK usage) or wrench (US usage).

The screwdriver is a device specifically designed to insert and tighten, or to loosen and remove, screws. The screwdriver comprises a head or tip which engages with a screw, a mechanism to apply torque by rotating the tip, and some way to position and support the screwdriver. A typical hand screwdriver comprises an approximately cylindrical handle of a size and shape to be held by a human hand, and an axial shaft fixed to the handle, the tip of which is shaped to fit a particular type of screw. The handle and shaft allow the screwdriver to be positioned and supported and, when rotated, to apply torque. Screwdrivers are made in a variety of shapes, and the tip can be rotated manually or by an electric or other motor.

Popular hand-powered variations include:

  • Slot head is driven by a flat-bladed screwdriver.

  • Cross-head, or Phillips screw has an X-shaped slot and is driven by a cross-head screwdriver, designed originally in the 1930s for use with mechanical screwing machines, intentionally made so the driver will ride out, or cam out, under strain to prevent over-tightening.

  • Hexagonal or hex screw head has a hexagonal hole and is driven by a hexagonal wrench, sometimes called an Allen key, or a power tool with a hexagonal bit.

  • Robertson drive head has a square hole and is driven by a special power-tool bit or screwdriver (this is a low-cost version of the hex head for domestic use).

  • Torx head has a splined socket and receives a driver with a splined shaft.

  • Tamper-proof torx is similar to torx but the drive socket has a projection to prevent a standard torx driver being inserted.

While screwdrivers are designed for the above functions, they are commonly also used as improvised substitutes for pry bars, levers, and hole punches, as well as other tools.

There is no such thing as a "left-handed screwdriver", as the device can easily be wielded in either hand. To be sent on an errand to find a left-handed screwdriver is often a test of stupidity, or is used as a metaphor for something useless. The term "Birmingham screwdriver" is used jokingly in the UK to denote a hammer or sledgehammer.

More Trivia

Did You Know? ... TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made in the English language using the letters from only one row of the keyboard