Posts made in December, 2016

Liven Up Your Old Victorian Home With These Two Tips For People On A Budget

If you have been lucky enough to find a beautiful Victorian house, but it’s in need of a bit of work, then you should be excited. Look at it as an opportunity to turn it into a really wonderful, historic, and beautiful house. While you may not have the money available to do major renovations, there are three really beautiful things you can do that will make your Victorian house shine. Here are two really fun ideas you can have done while on a budget.

Bring In The House Painters To Transform It Into A Painted Lady

Victorian houses are sometimes painted in a variety of light colors (often pastels) and these homes have gotten the name Painted Ladies. They are really beautiful, and they will make your home stand out among the many other historic homes in your neighborhood. What you can do is look online at many of the photos online of the various Victorian painted ladies around the country and take ideas about what you might like. One thing you should consider is that the painted ladies use color to highlight the Victorian homes wonderful architectural details. So, for instance, you might have a pale canary yellow used as the trim, and a light pink used on the soffits and molding, and a base color of a powder blue for the walls.

When you speak with the house painters, make it clear that you want a multi-colored house, and you will be using pastel colors. Have them come and show you the test colors on your house. It’s not good enough to try the paint on a scrap piece of 2×4 because that is fresh wood. The colors might not look the same on your old Victorian home. So they will need to paint small test patches around your home. Companies like J Maintenance Co may be able to help meet your needs in this area.

Sand And Polish The Floors

You want nice, exposed wood floors. Rugs are fine, but you never want to have wall to wall carpets in an old Victorian. What you want are small rugs and lots of exposed wood. So rent a sanding machine and clean up the old floors. Buy a dust mask so that you don’t breathe in any of the old wood dust and chemicals from the stain that will get thrown up in the air. Then, after the wood has been sanded down to a clean, raw state, you can apply a fresh stain. If you don’t feel comfortable applying stain (or natural oil or wax) then you can bring in a floor expert to work on this aspect of the house. 

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Safety Equipment You’ll Need for Welding

Whether you want to learn welding for a new career in the construction industry or if you just want to make your own repairs around your home or farm, one thing you’ll have to stock up on is safety equipment. You can’t weld without safety equipment because of the intense heat, bright light, and UV radiation that is released during the process. Here are a few of the items you’ll need for the best protection.

Fire Resistant Clothing

You don’t want to wear your regular clothes when welding because flying sparks could ignite the fabric. Instead, buy fire resistant clothes that cover as much of your skin as possible. Long sleeves and long pants are a must. Plus, heavy fabric with a tight weave is ideal since it will protect your skin from burns. Buy shirts without pockets, and pants without cuffs. You don’t want any crevices available for sparks to land in or you could get a bad burn on your skin before you can get the spark removed. Be sure to care for your fire resistant work clothing properly because the retardant will probably wear off a little each time the clothing is laundered. Wash the clothes according to the manufacturer’s directions. Don’t wear them to weld if they have spills or stains that could easily ignite. Also, don’t forget your head. You’ll want to protect your hair and scalp from flying sparks by wearing a fire resistant cap or hood while you work.

Face and Eye Protection

It is critical to wear eye protection when you’re welding because the radiation and intense light can cause blindness. There are two components to eye protection. Goggles protect your eyes from flying sparks and metal debris. A helmet with a face shield protects your eyes from bright light and radiation. A welder’s helmet has a plate in the front the covers your entire face and part of your neck from heat and burns. There is a small window in the helmet so you can see what you are working on. You can insert lenses into the helmet that offer various degrees of protection depending on the type of welding you’re doing. The darker the lens, the more protection from light and radiation it offers. When you weld, two types of light radiation are produced. One type emits heat and warns you of exposure. The other type is undetectable. You could be exposed to damaging light radiation and not even know it until hours later when your eyes swell and you temporarily lose your vision. For that reason, you should never weld without full protection for your eyes.

Shoes and Gloves

Foot protection is necessary too. Leather ankle boots are ideal as these spare your feet and ankles from burns. Steel-toe boots offer further protection. Always wear your pant legs on the outside of your boots rather than tucked it. This keeps sparks from falling inside your shoes. Gloves are required any time you weld. You can buy gloves made specifically for welding. These are thick gloves made from leather that protect you from burns and cuts. If you keep the gloves dry, they also offer some protection from electrical shock while you’re working.

Other protection you may want to consider depending on the type of welding you do and the environment you’re welding in are ear protection against excessive loud noise, a respirator if ventilation isn’t adequate, and a leather apron for enhanced protection from flying sparks. Welding is a very useful skill to learn, but the risk of injury is high if you don’t wear the proper safety equipment. Fortunately, you can easily find everything you need wherever you shop for other welding supplies and accessories.

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