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Tinted Ceiling Paint – Review

I was a little skeptical about using a tinted (or dyed) ceiling paint. It sounds like a good idea for a product, and it really is.

Tinted ceiling paint

I purchased a tinted ceiling paint from Glidden. Using a 1/4″ nap roller for a smooth surface, the job went very well and the tinted paint left no doubt about where I left off. The coverage area was good. The product is billed as “reduced spatter” and it held up to that claim as well.

If you are a slow painter, you might run into issues where the dye in the paint is starting to fade to white before you are done. This might give you the impression that a certain area doesn’t have enough paint on it. The key to doing this ceiling painting job properly is to start in one area and work your way over, and out. Don’t do this job in a random fashion and you will be fine.

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Stanley pry bar. The wonder pry, a pry bar like no other.

If you do any amount of improvement or renovation work, you will wonder how you got by without this tool. The Stanley Super Wonder Pry Bar is simply awesome!! If you use a regular pry bar, you will be amazed by the difference. There is a bend in the pry bar that works as a fulcrum so that you can gain leverage. It is hard to explain why this tool is so good, but read some of the reviews that you will find at Amazon. This $9 tool will save your knuckles, your work surface, and most importantly, your time.

Stanly super wonder pry bar

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Fastcap 3rd hand Review. A helping hand when no one else is there.

The fastcap 3rd hand is a great tool. I can’t tell you how many times I have been able to use this item. If you work alone, I am sure that you have needed someone to “hold that other end”. You have probably also made your own braces out of a spare 2×4 (or two). The 3rd hand is great because it allows you to jack it up with a single hand. It is great for placing crown molding, or even drywall pieces. When hanging drwall alone you can use your regular t-brace (made from 2×4’s) and then snug the piece against the ceiling with your 3rd hand tool. This allows you to get your screws in nicely without worrying about your drywall shifting.

FastCap 3rd Hand
FastCap 3rd Hand

For about $40, this is a nice tool. You can find it at sites like RocklerĀ or Coastal Tool. The price doesn’t vary too much from one retailer to the next, so check on the cost of shipping, handling, and sales tax.

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A good price for a decent tile saw. MK 370

If you have done any amount of tile work yourself, you have found that it probably makes more sense to buy a saw than to rent one. If you are going to use a rented saw, you better get the job done in 1 or 2 days. For a beginner, that might be difficult. If you go beyond a couple of days with a rental, the cost will probably come close to the amount you would pay to purchase an inexpensive saw.

mk 370 tile saw

When looking for a saw, I spent quite a bit of time at Amazon.com. There is a lot of feedback and detailed reviews about each saw. I didn’t buy it there, but it was terrific for researching the tile saw. I ended up purchasing a RECONDITIONED MK-370 TILE SAW WITH 7″ BLADE through a seller that I found on Ebay. I didn’t mind that it was reconditioned since it carries the full 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. I paid $169.00 for the saw. Shipping was $18.00. For a total of $187.00, I purchased a quality tile saw that would have cost $279.00 if purchased through Amazon.

It pays to shop around for your tools, especially the ones you are considering renting. If it is a single use tool and the job is going to take you a little while, but it and then sell it on Ebay when your improvement project is complete.