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How To Paint Straighter Lines In Your Bathroom

One of the most fulfilling home remodels is repainting your interior walls. Painting is a great DIY bathroom remodeling project that you can do over the course of a weekend. While painting is a fun project, it does require a little bit of practice. The most difficult part of the job is painting straight lines around the edges of the walls. This article will explain a simple but effective way to get straighter lines when painting in your bathroom: using spackle to prime the wall before painting. 

The key to this technique is using lightweight spackle, along with normal painters tape. First, apply the tape along the line you are about to paint. Using 2" wide tape will make your job a little easier. Push the tape down firmly with your finger or wear a pair of cloth gloves so you don't rub your finger raw.

Next, you want to spread the lightweight spackle over the edge of the tape that you are painting. For this job you should wear a pair of thin latex gloves so the spackle does not dry out your fingers. You should spread the spackle very thinly, to the point that it is nearly invisible. The point of the spackle is to just fill in the bumps and ridges from the drywall texture. These ridges can form gaps along the tape line that allow paint to sleep in between. The spackle will fill these holes and you will not have any problems with splotchy paint lines. You do not even need to wait for the paint to completely dry before you remove the tape from the wall.

Some people trust their painters tape and think that this step is unnecessary. Adding spackle to your tape lines will add a little bit of time onto your project, but the end result will look much better. If your lines are straight and clean, your entire paint job look much more professional.

With this simple painting technique, you can do all sorts of unique things when painting your walls. It makes it much easier to paint stylish, unique designs on your drywall. It is also the best way to ensure that paint does not seep into the grout lines on the edge of a tile shower. Getting paint out of grout lines is very difficult, so make sure you cover up any tile before you paint in your bathroom.

 

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Energy Bill Increasing? Your Windows May be to Blame

I noticed my energy bill was slowly creeping up higher and higher. The first thing I thought could be the cause of the problem, was my air conditioning and heating system. After a thorough inspection, the repair company said that was in great condition. So I did some research online and found that old windows could be the cause of energy bills increasing. I had no idea that as your windows age and lose efficiency, your energy bill begins to go up. In fact, that is one of the earliest signs that your windows may need to be replaced in the near future. If I didn't know this information, I am sure others didn't as well, so I created this site to educate others. This site includes many signs that indicate your windows need to be replaced, including an increasing energy bill.

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