Why Do Painters Wear White?
Dec10

Why Do Painters Wear White?

Indeed, why do painters wear white? This question is often asked and one often gets a click of the tongue as an answer. However, research proves a lot. To begin with, this tradition has historical origins, so let’s begin with unravelling a bit of history. What history throws up Way back in the 17th century, painters used white discarded canvas sails to make their uniforms. Though this fabric was inexpensive, it was highly durable, so painters liked to wear them. In time, painters’ uniforms were always white, because sails were always white and no other colour. Sometime later, painters began mixing paint white lead powder with paint paste to create a new paint. They found that by wearing chalk white clothes, their clothes would not show up any lead dust. Though lead dust is no longer used, the white uniforms continue. According to another source, painters first wore white in England in the 18th century when buildings and homes were whitewashed. And then there’s also the theory that says that this practice began in the early part of the 20th century when unionised painters took on white to be their uniform to differentiate themselves from non-union workers. Members of the painters’ union wore white clothes and black necktie as a mark of their professionalism. If they came home with a streak of colour on their white clothes, it meant they were highly skilled. However, the thinking now is vastly different. Now, painters with many colours on their whites means he is a widely experienced man and one in stark white clothes means he’s new on the job. So, why do painters wear white at all? There are many reasons for this. Let’s go down the list: Work-related reasons: In the days gone by, painters used to have to mix about 22.7 kg of white lead powder with a can of paint paste to make about 7.6 litres of paint. This process generally threw up large quantities of white dust. To cover up the dust that would settle on their white uniforms, painters decided to wear all-white clothes and since then, the tradition has stuck. White stands for cleanliness so wearing all-white means the painter will give you a neat and clean job without getting any paint on himself or your furniture and objects. Wearing white is a sign of a professional painter, as against people who wear coloured clothes. White embodies all colours of the spectrum, and painters deal with all these colours, hence they wear white. Painters work in the outdoors which can be very hot. Wearing white can keep them cool as white reflects heat best. By...

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Black Friday 2017 Deals
Oct10

Black Friday 2017 Deals

The Black Friday 2017 deals are here! Just a few more days to go. In the United States, Black Friday is the day just after Thanksgiving Day and the Friday preceding Cyber Monday. It is a day of big shopping, so some American states declare it a holiday. In fact, it is one of America’s busiest days of shopping. So the Black Friday 2017 date is 24th November. There are two theories attributed to this day being called Black Friday. According to one, on the day after Thanksgiving Day, the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic leave black markings on the road, leading it to be called Black Friday. The second theory points to the fact that according to the old accounting system, retailers recorded their profits in black ink and their losses in red. Many businesses begin to make a profit the day after Thanksgiving Day while many others hoped to see a huge profit, hence the name. What’s Open or Closed? Black Friday is not a federal holiday, but is a public holiday in some states. Many people take a day of their annual leave on the day after Thanksgiving Day. Many organizations also close for the Thanksgiving weekend. Public transit systems may run on their normal schedule or may have changes. Some stores extend their opening hours on Black Friday. There can also be congestion on roads to popular shopping destinations. Why Black Friday is huge shopping day: This is for a variety of reasons. First, it’s the last big holiday before Christmas, so it marks the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Besides, many employers add on this day to the holidays of the Thanksgiving weekend. To take advantage of this, all retailers, no matter how big or small, offer attractive sales to draw in traffic. As the years go by, retailers are extending their normal business hours so that now there are stores that remain open at midnight. On this day, many employees are given the day off or take a holiday to either shop for Christmas or to meet up with family members or to take a vacation. If people shop for Christmas presents on Black Friday, they could get good offers at attractive prices. Watch out for really attractive Black Friday 2017 Amazon deals on this page. Check out these Amazon Warehouse Deals. Check this deal here! Check this page for top deals on Makita products!   Here are a few more woodworking product deals for you: We will keep you updated about the latest Black Friday 2017 deals every day. Just keep watching this...

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How, What, Why and When to Prune?
Jul18

How, What, Why and When to Prune?

If you want your plants to grow well and keep their shape, then pruning is essential. We want to show you how to make sure your trees and shrubs are properly pruned. The Importance of Pruning When a tree or shrub is well maintained, it is more attractive and it is much healthier. That’s two great reasons right there to start pruning the foliage on your property. Pruning offers a few different benefits: It keeps your yard safe. Trees and shrubs that are not pruned can drop branches on the yard and create hazards for passers-by. It also helps plants to continue growing, even after they have become overgrown and neglected. It can direct the growth of the plant as well, as you can decide where the tree or shrub will continue growing. It definitely improves plant health as you get rid of diseased or dead limbs to make way for new growth. It also allows for widespread flowering, causing your tree or shrub to yield more blossoms. The Best Time to Prune If you prune at the wrong time, you may not damage your plants, but you could hurt your fruit or flower yield for that year. It is best to prune plants just after the flowers have begun to fade. So those that bloom in the summer should be pruned in the winter or in the early spring. This applies specifcially to areas that have four distinct seasons. In areas that have warmer winters, you will need to alter your pruning period based on where the plant is native. Spring Pruning Most plants do best when they are pruned in late winter or in early spring. This allows them to avoid potential cold damage and to maximize their growing period. Before you prune any flowering plants, you ought to know when the new growth begins. If you prune before dormancy is broken, then you could end up losing flowers. If you are taking off any heavy branches, be sure to cut off a stub before you cut the branch off. That way, you won’t accidently rip off the bark. You should make three distinct cuts. The first one needs to be about a foot from the branch collar. Cut a third of the way into the branches on the underside. The second cut should be about an inch out from there. You will want to cut all he way through. The third cut should be at the branch bark ridge, cutting downward. This should give you a clean cut. Summer Pruning It’s a good idea to prune in the summer as well. This is an ideal time,...

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What is a PVA Glue?
Dec29

What is a PVA Glue?

Introduction What is a PVA glue? Polyvinyl acetate – or PVA – glue is typically called “white” glue, carpenter’s glue, wood glue, or even school glue. It’s basically an odorless, colorless bonding agent, has no dangerous fumes, dries clear, and is safe to handle with bare hands. These qualities make it perfect for use in a wide variety of adhesives. Many people simply refer to this type of glue as “Elmer’s” glue because most students grew up using this in school for just about every arts and crafts projects, or basically anything else that is held together with glue. This article cover the differences and benefits of PVA glue. The Difference between PVA Glue and Elmer’s Glue For all practical purposes, Elmer’s glue is actually a PVA glue, with a few minor modifications from standard PVA glue. Elmer’s glue has a somewhat milder acidity than PVA glue and is perfect for glue articles made from cotton, wood, or paper. Since Elmer’s glue has a mild degree of acidity, it is a better bonding agent for certain products and is not acidic enough to damage the product; plus it’s safe for anyone to use. PVA glue is an extremely good glue to use with wood or plastic products because it dries clear, and like Elmer’s glue, is very easy to apply. It’s predominantly used by woodworkers or carpenters for joining joints together in woodworking projects or furniture repairs. It’s very adaptable, dries quickly, but any surplus product must be wiped away as soon as it is applied because it’s challenging to remove it once it is dry without damaging the item. PVA glue also has a relatively long shelf life, and is generally inexpensive. PVA glue comes in both white and yellow coloring, and each has recommendations for their use. Typically the yellow PVA glue is more water resistant and is used more for outdoor items; however, it is not completely clear when it dries. The white PVA glue is recommended more for indoor use because it is not water resistant – dampness and humidity tends to weaken it over a period of time. Benefits of PVA Glue There are a number of benefits of PVA glue that makes it a far better adhesive than many other types on the market. Some of these benefits include: It is non-toxic (but not meant to be ingested – so keep it away from children who have a tendency to eat glue). It has not harmful nor emit offensive fumes, which eliminates the need to use it outdoors or have plenty of ventilation if using indoors. It is safe to use on many...

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What are the Symptoms of Mold?
Aug16

What are the Symptoms of Mold?

Mold is a kind of fungus that is found in homes and buildings and in the outdoors. Inside homes and buildings, they are found in dark and humid areas such as bathroom corners and basements. They also grow along wet damaged walls. If you want to know the symptoms of mold in walls, read on… In the outdoors, they may be spotted in a pile of leaves that have been out there for some time. People often react to mold spores and it is identified as a sneezing now and then but could also be lung trouble. However, this isn’t all—the severity of mold illness symptoms varies depending on your exposure to the spores. Look out for listlessness, watery eyes, runny nose, sore eyes or nasal congestion—you could have an allergic reaction to mold. Perhaps, you only react in this way while you’re at home but not when you go out. This proves that you are reacting to mold growth in your own home. Here are some common symptoms which could mean that you have mold growth in your home: Pungent smell: The smell of mold is so pungent and unique that you know immediately that this unpleasant smell must come from mold deposits. Mold can be found inside walls or behind wallpaper. If you get some unusual smell in your home, put it down to mold. Mold scum in bathtubs: When you shower or bathe, you can see mold scum just as you can see it in your cellar or basement. Mold lives in humid areas, so look for it in humid parts of your home. No matter how small the mold growth in your home, you must have it out immediately. They can spread like the proverbial wild fire and if you don’t get rid of it now, you’ll have much more of it soon. Conventionally, mold comes across as black soot but it could also be thread-like, white in color or black, gray-green, gray-brown or white in color. Water problems: Mold will grow in your home if you have had recent or long-term problems with moisture. These include water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, floor or walls. Other symptoms of mold include peeling, crackling or bubbling of wallpaper or paint. If you have bowed, warped or bulging walls, it means that moisture has entered them. Water leaks: If you have a leaking ceiling or pipe, then be prepared to find mold growing in those areas where the leak is. However, this growth usually hides behind a surface or wall. In cases where the leak isn’t behind a surface, you could still find mold hidden behind...

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