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She has me swingin' a roller and a brush


Well - still haven't moved South yet, but the DW went out and bought me some "presents". Of course, we need to define "present"ashamed


Paint - 2 gallons for the ceiling
Paint - 1 gallon (so far) for the upper walls
Paint - 1 gallon (so far) for lower walls - divided by a stained chair rail
Spackle - 1- pint for nail holes and a crack (ran out of dry wall cpd)
Painter's caulk - 1 tube for whatever
New Roller covers and new roller frame
New 2" angled brush
Masking tape - two rolls



This 'stuff' is for the family/TV room which is a pretty big room at ~16x20. She has been contemplating my labor(or lack thereof) since last fall, but this week - happening. I'm dogging it a bit since she went to visit mom (age 96) today (and that's another sad story I'll have to post some other time)  but the room is apart, with all but the sofa and TV cabinet moved out, holes and crack patched but needing final sand.



-- Edited by Dave W on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011 01:52:50 PM

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I know the feeling Dave,,I have been in the Boss impossed  fix-it mode for a couple of weeks now,,( doing tile work today,,) yesterday was the painting day, Hopefully I will be done with this Project by the W/E,, but I'm sure there are more to start on,,,
Its looking like I need to install the Parental control on HGTV again,, and play REALLY STUPID this time,, ( I'm good at that part,, bad hearing really helps in that dept) or should I say selective hearing,,,,innocent.gif

but actually I.ll be glad to get it all done finally,, and quit procrastining,, then I can get back to working on my Anglia,, ,, No Wait.. just remembered,, by the time I get everything done around here , I will be too damn old to do anything.cry

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Ah yes, HGTV, DYI. I have them locked out via the cable co. box.

Selective hearing is a requirement of us more 'mature' folks. Then of course there is selective filing of the home projects notebook - "Hon, I have no idea where YOU put it the last time". She still hasn't figured that one out .... yet. But will eventually. We still have too much snow on the ground for outside projects and the car is almost caught up with tho there are a few days of putter stuff before I can dig it out of the basement garage

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I finally got the tile set yesterday,, still need to do the cut-ins,, Its amazing how crooked some of these old houses can be,, good thing that most will be covered by the Washer and drier,, 
I keep telling myself that this is just a damn laundry room,, not the QUEENS palace,, 

Our big snow threat never Materalized "YET"  the rains came ,, but what the hell is different about that? its been pretty nippy out tho..





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Y'all have no idea how many nights I go to sleep listening to the audio portion of HGTV, I.D., Nancy Grace (puke), Joy Bay-whore (puke gag), Jane Velez (barf choke) and HLN network - - - I think Dave described it a selective hearing - - - best thing is that it keeps me sane and married.

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I finished the ceiling. No idea what kind of drywall the builder used in 1972 when this house was built, but the last time I painted it was ~1997 and had to put 3-4 coats on it to be decent. This time, two full gallons on a 16x20 area, one medium and a second pretty heavy with a longer nap roller - it's like trying to paint a sponge. At least the walls are USG - they're my installation and painted well the last time. OK - off to work!!

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Continuing my projectconfuseashamed

The DW is off to HD to have the bottom half paint darkened a bit. So far my 'career' project is turning out pretty nice and was really needed as that paint I put on a few years (well quite a few years) ago had really started to look nasty. That stained wood - phew. What a PITA to mask off. I start the second full roll of tape when she gets back home. Lots of nail holes from pictures, a few popped nails on what was left of the original dry wall and a couple of seam cracks took lots of time - then, since it's the main "living" room, need to return it back to some semblance of order so we can at least watch the tube (well, so my DW can)

Has anyone found a good way to clean paint rollers - that is besides running lots of water. I used to use the cheapies and throw away when I changed colors but the last couple of batches left so many fuzzies in the paint that now I use the HD "best" and at six bucks or so, don't like to dump them after a single color/use

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That paint the DW took back to HD to be darkened a bit - oops too dark. I had to dig out the remnants of what I put on the top and above the chair rail (about a quart and a half) then add about a pint of the dark stuff to get the right "shade". Women and their colors almost makes me happy to be at least partially color blind. Unfortunately the paint cover is kinda thin since there wasn't enough for two coats, so any new owner will have some challenge.

I have base board hot water heat - those @#$% covers never come off right and trying to put them back together without teaching the neighbor's kids new words - tough.

I just finished shampooing the carpet so now my 'life's work' can be reassembled to something resembling a room now. Totally back to normal by this time tomorrow once the carpet dries. Then - off to do some touch up on the master bath.

The DW - at least she knows why I've been putting this little project off for the past 3-4 yearsconfuseashamed

Dam' , I wish she would find a new house for us to move to - SOON!!!

-- Edited by Dave W on Friday 4th of March 2011 10:45:33 AM

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Dave W wrote:

Has anyone found a good way to clean paint rollers - that is besides running lots of water. I used to use the cheapies and throw away when I changed colors but the last couple of batches left so many fuzzies in the paint that now I use the HD "best" and at six bucks or so, don't like to dump them after a single color/use

They use to sell little plastic paddles with a curve on 1 end that fit the shape of the roller,, using that to kinda squeggy the paint and soapy water out really worked good..
I always wash them as soon as I finish painting,, that Latex dries so fast that just a couple of minutes causes the paint to start drying on the roller surface and makes it hard to get all the paint out of the roller,,
The squeggy thing really worked well.. by forcing all the paint out,

any good paint store should have them,, also a tool that the roller fits on and has a plunger rod on 1 end that will spin the roller really fast and extracts the excess water and paint out after its cleaned

 



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If I'm going to be using the brush and or roller on a latex job within a couple hours then I just wrap the brush in a Walmart bag and put the roller in a trash bag and I haven't had any dried paint flakes to get into the paint.   I also put the roller pan in a trash bag under the same circumstances.  When I get ready to clean up and put away I used the good old nozzle at the end of the garden hose and I can get that roller spinning so fast that you'd better not get in the way 'cause you'll be the same color as your recent project.biggrin

Of course I realize that we have moist/humid conditions down here during most of the painting season and that really helps with the drying speed of the utensils.

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that plastic bag will keep that brush good and wet for days.i wrapped one up good and laid it down and fordot about it. found it a few days later and it was still good to go.i dont buy the good rollers for small jobs.i get them cheapos and throw em away.one thing i do is,stop and clean my brush purdy regular.it builds up on the brush heel and drys and its a pita to paint with.in the summer ive had to clean my brush and roller ever hour or so.if you lay that sucker down for a few minutes it starts dryin quick.dont buy those expensive brushes either.them purdy brushes are as good as any and still made here in the good ole usa.

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geezer69 wrote:

them purdy brushes are as good as any and still made here in the good ole usa.



Yep!! they sure are,, made right here in good ole Portland Oregon,, we did a big remodel on the Purdy offices wen they sold out to Bessamier   back in the mid 90,s

 kinda interesting how to watch how they make their products,, specally the paint brushes,,  the good ones are made with squirrel hair,,

Might be a good deal for you Dave,, catch some of those squirrels in the winter,, give em a hair cut and sell it to Purdy,,,  wondered why the squirrels around her had short hair,,,biggrin

http://www.purdycorp.com/about_us/history/index.jsp

 also you can put the rollers in the plastic bag and put them in the freezer,, then when thawed out they will still be soft and ready to go back to painting,,, wink



-- Edited by Bad Rat on Tuesday 8th of March 2011 12:32:22 PM

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Dave, and y'all, I don't know of anything that will clean rollers and brushes without using a good amount of water.  I have a gadget for rollers that is a piece of four inch PVC tubing about fifteen inches long, with a piece of half inch PVC, capped at one end, and a female hose fitting on the other, glued inside the length of the larger tube; there are holes about 3/32 inch drilled in the small tube every 3/4 inch or so pointing into the big tube.  There is a notch cut in the edge of the large tube for the roller frame to hang in.  You hook it up to a hose, stick the roller, on the frame, inside and turn on the water full blast; you can move the roller around inside the tube to get it to spin in the water stream slowly or at a good speed.  The combination of the centrifugal force and the water jets cleans a roller very nicely, in not too long a time, and the detritus flows out the low end of the tube.  I used to hook a hose up to the laundry sink faucet and take it out into the yard, put a pistolgrip hose nozzle that has a male hose thread on the spray end on the end of the hose and screw the tube onto the nozzle, set the water temp on warm to hot, and blast away out in the rough part of the yard; keeps the paint residue out of the septic system, and doesn't hurt the yard since it is so diluted; it breaks down in a short while and just disappears.  Take a five gallon bucket of soapy water along, slosh the roller in the soapy water from time to time and give it another spin sluice, until it is clean.  Hang the roller up to dry on a bent wire coat hanger.

For brushes, and this works on good Purdys as well as nylons and polyesters: wash them in a bucket of hot soapy water, squeezing the paint out with your fingers and working the bristles back and forth while down in the water, then I use a stainless steel wire brush and brush the bristles from the ferrule to the ends, working from one side around the brush several times, all the while keeping it under the water surface.  Then I rinse them with that hose nozzle using a hard stream. Keep at them until they are clean as a whistle, comb them out with an old comb or that same wire brush, rinsed clean, of course, and hang them to dry using the hole in the end of the handle.  I just bent up a bunch of coat hanger wire hooks, and keep them around the shop for stuff like that.  I have Purdy brushes that are over twenty years old, and still very good brushes.

-- Edited by Rrumbler on Tuesday 8th of March 2011 10:40:38 PM

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As much as I hate painting,, I still think I will continue to throw the damn things away, for all the water and soap and time consumed, cleaning them ,, you could pay for several rollers,,
but actually I'm just too damn lazy to clean em,, so that what I do..I do clean the brushes good tho,,,, headbang.gifheadbang.gifbiggrin

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I just keep on washing the good ones.

What I'm doing now is getting the worst of the paint out while giving the roller a good soak and letting it sit for a few hours in the basement set tub and letting gravity do the work. I'll re soak it a couple of times then give it another scrub. So far, seems to work. Yep, I have left one too long (a couple of days) then it's junk.

I have a couple of Purdy brushes - and they are nice. I do have one that will need some TLC and a wire brush to clean the ferrule end though and at 8-10 bucks, will at least attempt to clean it. The local lumber yard has Performance Select which seem to be as nice as the Purdy (looks like some HD's carry them as well, but not our local)

I thought I was done with that family room - NOT!! The DW has "suggested" that the window trim needs to be restained and poly'ed. Project for next week IF it gets warmer outside so I can open windows. Not a real time consuming project it's just......

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Believe me Dave.. I know that "ITS JUST" feeling.. I have one bathroom to re-do after this L/Room is done,, (for the second time)
it seem like a constant rotation of remodeling...
When I first bought this house 30 years ago,, it was a" FIXER UPPER" wasn't nothing about it that didn't need fixin,,  But at 52K I figured I couldn't go wrong,,, WRONG,,

so I did a pretty major remodel of it.. and have been up dating ever since,, I will redo that other bathroom and the kitchen,,

But before I tackle that kitchen,, I want to finish up my Anglia.. at least get it running and drivable,,confuse



-- Edited by Bad Rat on Wednesday 9th of March 2011 11:19:39 AM

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Sitting in bed last night, minding my own business and reading a book, the DW made an observation. "Dearest" she says, "The ceiling in here is starting to look streaked and the walls are starting to look worn". Sooooooooo - I'm off to Home Despot for some ceiling paint and some color charts this morning. Oh well, she's off to San Antonio sometime next week for a week, so it will get done then with no interruptions for her other dreamed up projects. Whoever ends up buying this house for sure wont have to do any painting - at least it wont need it, if the neutral colors don't satisfy 'em, that's their problem


-- Edited by Dave W on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 10:21:56 AM

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hahaha, i see your last words are the same as mine..........yes dear

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Well Dave,, I guess all women were created from the same mold,, or close anyway.. I do know for a fact that HGTV, house hunters, DIY, and such shows were created to make mens lives miserable,, they sure as hell have kept me jumping . even tho, that was my plan ( VERY BAD PLAN ) when I bought this place,  FIX-er- UPPER?    , thats a fancy name for a PITA.. fixer-up once.. would be ok ,, but a continous remodel is getting old,,,

Gonna be alot of work in Japan, Those poor people just got over the war damage.. now this..   Thinned out the population too,, something like 45K people estimated  , they'll be digging people out of that mess for years....


The Power of mother nature is unbelievable..  imagine how it was back a million years ago.. when this kind of distruction was a everyday thing,,,,,
No wonder the Dinosours finally gave up and left...





-- Edited by Bad Rat on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 10:41:24 AM

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Even tho their culture is much different than ours, my heart goes out to the people of Japan.
As Y'all said, this will have a very long lasting effect on everything in that Country.  They are even talking about the "probable" possibility of a Tsunami happening to the upper Pacific Coast and that worries me.no

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We did have  considerable damage from that tsunami on the southern Oregon coast,, completely distroyed the docks in Brookings, bunch of boats distroyed,, the northern coast up here at Washington /oregon,, didn't get it too bad.. it was only like a foot or so by the time it hit here,,

The necular thing is what a worse threat now.. but I heard there is suffecent distance between Japan and the US that it would probably disapate before getting here,,

This is gonna be fodder for the enviromentlist that are fighting necular power,,

-- Edited by Bad Rat on Tuesday 15th of March 2011 11:30:16 AM

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man,thats all they need rite now. a melt down.its gona be a long time before they recover from the tsunami.a melt down mite just take em all.dang folks, its a big mess and no where to go!

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Every time I look at picures of the devastation in Japan, it sends shivers down my spine. These homes and businesses were built to withstand a major earthquake, and did. But when you figure sea water at 64 pounds per cubic foot or 1728 pounds per cubic yard and moving at 40-50 mph miles per hour - the destructive power of one cubic yard times millions is unbelievable. (fresh water weighs ~62.5#/cu ft)

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I rediscovered  an irrefutable law of nature - again. I just finished cutting in the molding before painting the bedroom ceiling a bit later this afternoon. That law states that if there is a single hole in the drop cloth, no matter how small, a paint splatter will find it and come to rest on the carpet. I cleaned it up, successfully, thank goodness then  to found my 2" Purdy brush instead of that Home Depot middle-of-line piece of junk.

 

And paint - I can't believe how grungy in comparison that paint I'm covering had become. We have baseboard hot water heat instead of hot air so no real full house circulation and no smoking - ever - in this house. Oh well, it lasted 10-12 years, so no complaint. I can hardly wait to do the base boards in a couple days with the wall to wall carpet



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