Show Notes: Spray Paint, Sanders and Vacations – On the House

Show Notes: Spray Paint, Sanders and Vacations

By on June 21, 2014

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Spray Paint  Basics:

Buy the correct paint for your project: General purpose Decorative or craft paint Rust prevention Plastic


Work in a well ventilated area

Wear a mask and gloves

Ideally, temperatures should be between 50°F and 90°F, and relative humidity is below 85%.

Avoid painting in direct sunlight and hot, humid weather.

Make sure what you are painting is clean and dry

Use a primer whenever possible.

Remove rust with a wire brush.

Shake can well

Don’t spray too close or too much.

Always begin and finish spraying off the object, using an even side-to-side motion with each pass overlapping your spray pattern by about one-third.

Take your time. Use thin, multiple coats instead of one thick coat.

Avoid overspray.

Clean spray paint valve after use.

Turn can upside down and spray for 5 seconds. This helps prevent the spray tip from clogging.

YARD CARE HAZARDS Mowing the Lawn Before you use your lawn mower take a few extra minutes to be sure that all mower safety devices are in position and working — rear shield, grass chute deflector, handle up-stops, and “dead man” automatic shut off device. When mowing, turn your mower off if you leave it, even for a minute and make sure that pets and people are not in the path of the mower’s discharge. Store and transport gasoline for your mower and other power tools only in approved safety containers. The best place to store gasoline is in a locked, well-ventilated structure separate from your house. The storage area should have no electrical equipment, open flames or other sources of ignition present. In addition, the location should be protected from the heat of the summer sun to keep evaporation to a minimumDo not store gasoline in the basement of your home or in the utility room. The furnace, water heater, clothes dryer or any of several other items could ignite fumes which may leak from the can and travel considerable distances. If you do not have a suitable storage area, consider building a cabinet outside your house for storage or purchasing a commercially available flammable liquid storage cabinet.


1. Hold All of Your Mail and Newspapers or Ask a Neighbor to Pick Them Up A pile of newspapers on the front stoop is a dead giveaway that you’re out of town and off of your property.

2. Remove Your Spare Key Leaving an extra key under the doormat or in a fake rock isn’t a great idea while you’re on vacation. If you have a spare key, give it to a neighbor you trust while you’re away.

3. Close Your Curtains and Shades You don’t want people to peer into your house and see that it’s empty today. And tomorrow. And the next day… Bonus: Closing your curtains and shades will save you money on your energy bills by keeping the sun out!

4. Turn Off Your Hot Water Heater An empty house doesn’t need hot water, and your water heater will cost you money while you’re gone. So turn it off! To learn more about your hot water heater

5. Clean Out Your Fridge The last thing you want when you return home is to open the fridge and smell curdled milk. Before you leave, toss anything that might spoil during your trip. e you leave, toss anything that might spoil during your trip.

6. Sprinkle Baking Soda in the Toilet To avoid being greeted by the nasty stench of stagnant water when you get home, sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl. This also works with sink drains.

7. Unplug Your Appliances There’s no need to waste energy on toasters, computers, televisions and other appliances while you’re gone. Instead, unplug them. To learn more about energy hogs.

8. Take Out the Garbage Unless you like the smell of garbage permeating your house, take it out now.

9. Empty Your Washer Moist clothes will attract mildew and mold if they’re left in the washing machine. Before you go, make sure that your machine is clear and your clothes are dry. Also, it’s a good idea to turn off the water to the washer, too, so that if it leaks, you won’t have a flooded laundry room.

10. Adjust Your Thermostat Save energy and money by adjusting your thermostat while your gone.No need to cool an empty home!

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