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Quick Home Maintenance Tips

By Shalini Madhav

If you have been looking for some home improvement tips that won't take more than a few minutes from your precious time, you are on the right page. This article is for you, especially if you are a busy homeowner. Read on.

Fixing a chair

Are you trying to fix an old chair? If so, we suggest drilling pilot holes and driving screws via the rungs bottom and into the chair legs.

Vinyl Door or Window

If your vinyl doors or windows don't open properly, the channels may have accumulated gunk. At times, even clean doors and windows may bind. You may spray dry spray lubricant on the target areas and then use a rag to wipe it off. Using oil lubricants is not a good idea as they can catch dirt damaging the vinyl.

Repairing a Shutoff Valve

If the shutoff value is faulty, you can get it replaced. But if you can't, you should go to the nearby hardware store to buy a good replacement washer. Remove the grit from the valve and fit the new washer. This will fix the problem.

Loose Showerhead

If you want to fix a problematic showerhead or a wobbly pipe, you can use some expanding foam. With the foam, you can encase the pipe and fix it. This will remove the wobble.

Use a Smoke Detector

If you don't have enough time or money, you may want to cover the ceiling hole with a smoke detector. You don't need to patch the hole.

Cabinet doors

If your cabinet doors don't stay shut, all you have to do is use a magnetic door catch. You can also go for a roller-style one.

Squeaky Floors

If you want to repair a squeaky floor, use a stud finder to find the floor joists. Next, you can drive in a screw via a pad, carpet and the subfloor to reach the floor joist. Just make sure that the upper part of the screw has no threads. Ideally, you may want to use trim screws since they have bigger heads. If this is the case, you may want to pull up the screw and then tighten it again.

Remove Water Stains

Before repainting the ceiling, you may want to try out this trick. You can use a mixture of water and bleach and then wait for a few days. If the stain is old, you can try a mold and mildew product. The stain will be gone within 24 hours. This trick may work both on textured and flat ceilings.

Wallpaper Seams

To fix a wallpaper seam, you can soak a rag in lukewarm water and then apply the paste around the seam. You may want to hold the rag for a couple of minutes and then open the seam a bit for more space for the seam sealer. Put the liquid into the gap and then push the paper against the wall using a roller. Then you can use a sponge to remove the sealer.

So, these are some quick and easy home improvement tips.

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Don't Hire a Painter Without Asking These 7 Questions

By Justin Green

1. Do you have the proper insurance?

There are at least two types of insurance coverage’s necessary for professional painters - Liability insurance, which covers your property in case it is damaged by the painter, and should have limits of at least a half million dollars. Worker's Compensation- it protects the staff of the painting company from liability during the project. It can be a bit expensive, so many painters avoid it.

2. Is your staff trustworthy?

Depending on the project, painters will go to all corners of your home. This raises a question of security. You need a team that can be trusted with your valuables when left alone. It will be impossible to watch every painter. Insist on hiring a company that can confirm having a staff with clean criminal backgrounds.

3. Are you utilizing employees or subcontractors?

Painting companies prefer to use subcontractors because they save them money. They are exempted from employee benefits like social security taxes. Subcontractors are more likely to offer lower quality services based on what they charge. Their background may not have been established, putting your property at risk. With a flat fee other than hourly payments, they might opt to cut corners. This may also compromise your insurance coverage.

4. What materials do you use?

The painting substances used determine the eventual outcome. Some painters will use low quality paints that compromise the appearance and future condition of your home. Learn about the products and specify what you would like for your home. The materials should be specified in the contract.

5. Are your painters professionally trained?

Training is another reason to use a painting company that hires employees rather than subcontractors. Employees are usually trained and their skills are constantly reviewed. This reduces the mistakes that are possible to appear in the course of work. Trained painters are also professionals and will stick to timelines. They reduce mishaps and accidents as well as produce consistently high quality work.

6. Are you a member of any professional association?

Membership and affiliation to professional organizations is an indication of commitment to quality. The painter is ready to be scrutinized and will be more likely to strive to produce quality services. It is a mark of stability of the company.

7. Do you have good references?

You may also request that the painting contractor provides names and locations of references and also request a warranty for the services provided. Inquire about payment terms including up front payments and money back guarantee.

If you are in the Inland Empire (areas in or near Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Canyon Lake, Hemet San Jacinto, etc.) and are considering hiring a painting contractor, contact All American Paint Company through our online form, or call us now at (888) 301-7767.

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