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  1. M

    speed vs. quality

    Agreed! Thanks, all. I've thought how I could go any faster, but I think I'm as efficient as I can be and still be at my standard, which honestly is pretty detail-oriented! I guess we're talking about taking some pride in our work as well as earning a buck. Appreciate your advice! Mike M
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    speed vs. quality

    Hi all, looking for advice/opinions: Since my regular profession is still in quarantine, I'm doing side gigs, mostly painting. I like to think I'm efficient and thorough. I don't take short-cuts or hide stuff, but I move along from task to task. So.... My plan for a 15x30 living room paint job...
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    refinishing stair treads

    Thanks! I think (due to everyone being housebound with Covid) I may try the half and half method, or the camp-out. Appreciate the input! MM
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    refinishing stair treads

    Hi everyone, I'm hoping for some input on how long to expect a staircase to out of commission for refinishing. 1920's home, probably chestnut treads, badly in need of sanding and refinishing (probably just urethane...no stain). How do you do this right when the home is occupied and people need...
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    Knob & Tube question

    will do! Thnx all... MM
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    Knob & Tube question

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the input; I'm trying to learn as much as I can and this has been a great forum. Following up on the question of safety in K & T wiring; as long as I'm in the boxes and walls, would it be worth it to fish a new Romex line and cap it, but have it in place for...
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    Painting front door

    I've had good success with a Benjamin Moore product (ADVANCE), which is a "water-based oil paint" ...not sure how that can be...but it comes in a high-gloss, is tint-able, and levels out beautifully. A little more expensive, but a quart will more than do for a door. You'll like the way you look! MM
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    Knob & Tube question

    Hi all, I'm working on a couple older homes ('20s...1920's:)) and both have K & T wiring. I'm replacing light fixtures, and up in the old junction boxes are the two identical wires (no white or black), but one has an overhand knot it it. I expect this was the old-timer's way of indicating which...
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    crisp ceiling lines, 2.0

    Thanks, everyone! It seems lately the jobs I've been doing have involved dark-toned walls and snow-white ceiling paint...so it really bothers me if it's wonky. MM
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    crisp ceiling lines, 2.0

    Thanks, guys! Great stuff. I agree, no real short-cuts to good technique. I had wondered about a stiff window squeegee for an edger. Like any edger it has to be wiped clean, but the slight give in the rubber against the wall might create more of a 'seal". Thanks again... MM
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    crisp ceiling lines, 2.0

    Hey everyone, I watched a Youtuber say one way pros get crisp lines between wall color and ceiling paint is to 'run a bead of clear caulk" in the joint as you prep. What gives? How does this result in a neat line? Do you paint only to the caulk on both sides? Help me understand! Thanks, Mike M
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    what did i do wrong?

    Thanks, Jeff Handy! BTW, do they all come tripped in the box and in need of reset, or is it a toss-up? MM
  13. M

    what did i do wrong?

    Thanks, Geo. Just so i'm clear, "line" is the feed in from the panel, and "load" is the wires out to devices, etc., right? or do I have that backwards. MM
  14. M

    what did i do wrong?

    I think that's what it is. I did try, but it seemed like I was pushing harder that would be reasonable. Will give it another shot. Thanks, JoeD!
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    ceiling advice needed

    Interesting...I wondered if there might be a light-adhesive kind of tape. Thanks for the replies, Snoobyb! I appreciate the help.
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    ceiling advice needed

    Greetings, I'm painting a bathroom and the owner has picked a DARK grey for the walls. Normally I would free-hand the cutting-in at the ceiling, but this color is unforgiving, and any "contour" is gonna look like a$$. So, I primed everything, painted the ceiling, put tape on the ceiling, cut in...
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    what did i do wrong?

    Thanks, Snoobyb. Just for my learning curve, when I see a switch with the black wires in both terminals, does it matter which wire goes on which screw, or is juice juice?
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    what did i do wrong?

    Hi everyone....seeking input to improve my DIY game. I was doing a bathroom wallpaper-to-paint re-do, and the client asked if I would also replace all electrical switches and outlets. One by one, I mimicked the old wiring on new devices (1 gfci, 1 standard grounded outlet, one single switch, and...
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    Spackling/Taping issues...Plz help

    My system: I use old lath from either my walls or bundles people discard in the neighborhood when they go "down to studs" in these 1920's homes. I cut a piece 6 inches or so, pre-drill two holes in the center about an inch apart, and run a piece of twine through, tying it off so it's a closed...
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    What’s Up With Paint and Primer in One?

    Agreed, plus I always end up needing 2 coats of P&P in 1, so why not just do the classic primer and top-coat? (And even then, I usually do "1 & 1/2" coats of the finish paint).
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