Home Improvement: Tips On Working With Contractors

Hiring a contractor for home improvement projects is the better alternative than DIYs in most cases, as this can ensure that the job is done effectively and efficiently. However, there are incidences when selecting the wrong contractor can also lead to substandard work, delays, and, worst, legal issues.

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To choose and create a good working relationship with the right contractor, here are some tips:

  • Check the contractor’s qualifications. If the contractor holds a license, which he could only attain after passing an exam, it is evidence of his knowledge in his craft and building codes. Also, it is better if he is a member of certain organizations, such as the Building Industry Association (BIA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), that bind him to a strict code of ethics.
    Agree on expectations and sign a detailed contract. A contract spells out everything and sets every expectation and parameters, even the most minute details. It not just serves as protection for both the homeowner and the contractor, it also assures the quality of the job.
    Connect with the contractor. In any project, communication is key to ensure the home improvement work is running smoothly. Creating a connection with the contractor can open clear communication lines with the contractor, foremen, and the workers.
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Amusing Facts About The Paint Industry In The United States

Not many people pay much attention to the paint industry in the United States. They should. It’s a fascinating industry, and the knowledge gathered goes much deeper than the number of colors in the market. Here are some entertaining facts about the paint industry in the United States.

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  • On an average, a full-time painter earns around $32,000 annually.
  • Since paint is more of a luxury than a necessity, painters sometimes have a hard time looking for work.
  • The US paint industry estimates that only 5,500 painting jobs will be created in the next ten years.
  • Painters in the automotive industry sometimes need two years of training. This is a lot more than most painters, who only need a few days to a week. Automotive painting may also require completion of classes, courses, and degrees.
  • The demand for paint products worldwide has surpassed over 50 metric tons and the value of the painting industry all over the world is totaled at a staggering $150 billion. In the United States, the revenue reached around $30 billion the past year.
  • Due to environmental concerns, paint manufacturers are little by little developing more water-based products to replace their old solvent-based paints.
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Alphabet Palette: Examining The Models Of Color

Color models revolve around primaries, a group of colors which, when mixed, create further derivative colors. Each color model has its own set of primaries, the initials of which give the color model its name.

Each color model is sorted as additive or subtractive, which is based on how color is derived from a particular wavelength of light being reflected and perceived by the human eye. Paint and ink employ a subtractive model, which involves the physically mixing different pigments to create color, whereas computer screens employ an additive color model that involves mixing different wavelengths of light to create color.

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This leads to peculiar situations wherein mixing colors in one medium does not always yield the same result as the other; mixing green and red light, for instance, produces yellow, which is a far cry from the brown created by mixing red and green paint.

Perhaps the most familiar color model to the layperson is the RYB color model, popularized in wheel form by Sir Isaac Newton. Its primaries are red, yellow, and blue, which are often the first things to come to mind when one hears the word “primary color.” It is quite limited in scope; thus, it has largely been superseded in other graphic disciplines. It remains the principal color model used by artists and paint stores.

Extensively employed in the modern print industry, the CMYK model yields a broader assortment of colors. It retains yellow as a primary but swaps blue and red with cyan and magenta, respectively. The K stands for “key” and designates the color black. While black is formed from the combination of all three primaries in the model, in practice it is treated as a separate color to save on ink and to produce higher contrasts.

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Because of the differences between them. Converting from one color model to another can be a challenge. Tools exist to help individuals approximate CMYK tones to paint Pantone’s.

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Color Contrasts For Eye-Popping Interiors

Contrasting colors can help details pop out in a room, working well with both flat walls and walls with intricate ornamentation. A room can achieve harmony and aesthetic balance through the judicious use of color contrast in the walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
Contrasts can be achieved in an interior space through a variety of means. Moldings in otherwise flat walls can be painted a complementary or contrasting color to form visible borders and lines. A contrasting color scheme works exceptionally well in showcasing the details in intricately detailed paneled walls. Even flat walls painted a single color can be paired with furnishings of a contrasting color palette.

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Contrasting colors can also define spaces and focal points within large rooms. Painting one wall a contrasting color to the other walls can easily turn it into an accent wall.
The common feature in all good palette contrasts are how easily the colors are distinguished from one another. Popular color contrasts include differences in color intensity, hue, and warmth, and can incorporate both a palette of multiple complementary colors or a monochromatic series of shades. The contrast between lighter and darker tones is a popular choice.

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Moreover, effective color contrasts are hardly an excuse for eye-searing mashes of bright color. A beautifully coordinated contrast can be achieved without involving bright, saturated palettes. Muted pastel colors can work just as well complementing each other as they would be complementing more vibrant counterparts.
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Disastrous Mistakes When Painting a Home

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A lot of home owners are tempted to turn interior painting into a DIY endeavor. Although professional painters are highly recommended, home owners can still hack it. They just need to be careful, and avoid making the following mistakes that could end up costing them time and money.

Prep time separates most non-professional painters from the pros. More often than not, people with little-to-no experience painting homes forget to clean walls, scrape off peels and cracks, apply painter’s tape, and wait for patching compound to dry.

Purchasing low quality brushes and roller covers just won’t cut it, even if the home owners have the highest-quality paints in the world. Another benefit of high-end brushes and roller covers is the coverage they provide, which helps owners save on paint.

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Starting without primer can be a big problem since it covers surface flaws and allows for a smooth finish that lasts. The only time when paint can be mixed with primer is when the old surface had been painted once before, and has a flat, non-glossy finish.

Dipping the brush too deep into the paint is wasteful. Instead, peohttp://www.canoesongs.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/painting-mistakes.jpgple can plunge the brush a third of the way, and it’ll have enough paint.

Painting without direction is also a sign of an immature painter. Pros know that the ceiling is the proper place to start, before moving downward. This allows for a smoother finish than if you start anywhere else.

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