Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to Mix Olympic® Semi-Gloss with Glidden® Interior Flat Paint

Fig.1 Painter's Cap
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Cordless drill with hex driver
Makita Hex bit holder
Olympic Premium Interior Latex semi-gloss paint
Paint bucket - 5 gallons
Paint mixing paddle with hex head

This job required mixing Olympic® 1-gallon Semi-Gloss paint into 2-gallons of Glidden® Interior flat paint.

This post shows the seven steps to mixing these paints.

Step 1: Above right fig.1 painter's cap. Below middle fig.2 and fig.3 shows the mixture of Olympic® 1-gallon semi-gloss paint in 2-gallons of Glidden® Interior flat paint.
 Fig.2 Semi-gloss paint
Fig.3 Glidden® 
Interior Flat Paint
 Step 2: Fig.4 shows the color mixing chart from Home Depot of Glidden® paint. Fig.5 shows the  paint is flat mate base 1.
Fig.4 The Home Depot 
paint numbers
Fig.5 Flat Base 1 paint
Step 3: Fig.6 shows the three paint cans. The two flat paint was ordered and delivered. We decided to mix flat paint with semi-gloss to give the wall more durability.
Fig.6 Paint cans
Step 4: Fig.7 shows a Ryobi 12 volt cordless drill with a hex driver that is the same size as the paint mixing paddle. Fig.8 shows the Makita Hex hex bit holder.

Fig.7 Ryobi 12 volt 
cordless drill
Fig.8 Makita Hex bit holder
Step 5: Fig.9 shows the cordless drill, the hex head driver and the paint paddle (normally used for mixing joint compound) mixed the first can of paint in the 5-gallon paint bucket. Fig.10 shows the the cans of paint into the paint bucket.
Fig.9 Ryobi 12 volt cordless
drill with Paint  Paddle
Fig.10 Paint Paddle 
Mixing paint
Step 6: Fig.11 shows the paint is all mixed together. Once the paint does not have any streaks than the paint is well mixed. Fig.12 shows the paint on the wall drying.
Fig.11 Nice smooth paint
Fig.12 Shows the 
paint drying

Step 7: Fig.13 and fig.14 shows the ceiling and the wall are painted and the job is finished.
Fig.13 painted
around door

Fig.14 Walls painted

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How to Change a 500 Watt Halogen Lamp Bulb

500 Watt Floor Lamp
By Gary Boutin


Tools and Supplies:
500 Watt Halogen Bulb 
Extension cord 
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) plug
Halogen Floor Lamp
Halogen Lamp bulb
Nitrile Gloves (one use)
Phillip Screwdriver
Rubber Grommet washer 
Ryobi 18-volt Cordless Drill
Ryobi Phillip Bit


This post shows the twenty four steps on replacing a 500 watt halogen bulb in a work Floor lamp.

1
This is a Halogen Floor Lamp used to light up a working area.  The light bulb is damaged and is halogen bulb is foggy meaning its burned out.
2

Use a Phillip Screwdriver to remove the Phillip screw holding down the filtered glass panel of the floor lamp.
3

The nut has a rubber washer on it so make sure you keep it when you open up the filtered glass frame.
4

This is the Phillip screw that hold the Halogen Lamp together.
5

This shows the halogen lamp bulb that needs to be replaced.
6

The halogen lamp bulb was broken, one of the ends had broken off.
7

Here is a new halogen lamp bulb that will be replaced.
8

Notice the Nitrile blue gloves only wear them once and use them to  change the halogen lamp bulb. Do Not Change this bulb when the floor lamp is hot. It will melt the gloves and cause burns on the fingers.
9

Now either choose right or left and insert the halogen lamp bulb. This picture shows the halogen lamp bulb was inserted on the left side first.
10

This is the right side of the halogen lamp bulb.
11

This is the new halogen lamp bulb inserted in the floor lamp.
12

Now plug in your extension cord into a safe GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter.
13


Great the new halogen lamp bulb worked. Sometimes you need to rotate the bulb to get the lamp to turn on. Before the lamp is closed check it by giving the lamp power.
14

Now the halogen floor lamp is ready to be closed up.
15

It is not that easy. Fold upward the glass frame.
16

If the rubber seal needs to be replaced do so before putting the lamp together.
17

If your seal if fine, thread it into the metal channel frame and push it so it stays there so the glass frame can shut. Here the left side is done first.
18

The right side is next to be placed into the metal channel frame.
19

This is what the rubber seal looks like if replaced. Couple of dollars is all it costs if the halogen floor lamp needs a new seal. 
20

If the rubber seal is not in place then the halogen floor lamp 500 watt bulb will burn the seal and smell badly. Then undo the lamp and reset the seal.
21

This is an twenty-five foot extension cord that needs to be plugged into the halogen floor lamp.
22

Now place the halogen floor lamp were the work needs to be done.
23
Put the end of the extension cord into a working plug to turn on the halogen floor lamp.
24

Notice the halogen floor lamp is doing its job and the area is well lite. Job Done.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How Do You Open Caulking Tubes

Manual caulking gun
Manual Calking
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and tools:
Caulking gun
Caulking tube

Step 1: Fig.1 shows you go the the hardware store, and purchase several caulking tubes, those cylinder with the plastic ends. Unless you ask and that means you have to find someone first to ask the question, there is no explanation of how to use or how to open the caulking tubes.

Caulking and adhesives
Fig.1 All type of caulking tubes
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the caulking tube you need to purchase a caulking gun there a three main colors and they all do the same thing, squeeze the stuff out of the tubes so the job can get done.
Two types of caulking gun
Fig.2 Manual caulking guns
Step 3: Fig.3 and fig.4 shows the tip of the caulking tube into the hole of the caulking gun near the handle. Do not put your fingertip it will cut it off.  Pull the handle and the tip will be cut off.
Caulking fun tube opener
Fig.3 Hole in gun 
cuts the tube end
Place tube tip into caulking gun to cut off the tip
Fig.4 Cutting 
tube end
Step 4: Fig.5 shows the tip of the caulking gun and pull out the long needle tip and push the needle tip into the caulking tube. Now the caulking gun is ready to push out its contents. To get the stuff out of the tube, just keep pulling with your fingers the caulking gun until it runs out. Each gun has different ways to get the contents out of it, some have open sides, some have closed side, whatever gun you have the directions are the same.
Caulking metal strip cuts the foil to open the tube
Fig.5 Opening tube
Tip: That not all, there more. When you want to stop the contents from coming out, pull out the long metal stick that is pushing out the contents, and the stuff will stop coming out. Most of the time this works, some glues still keep coming out of the tube, but not as fast as when the metal handle is pushed in. Now you are the pro and you know how to use the caulking gun.


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Plumb-Away®

This is the Plumb Away Toilet kit
Fig.1 Plumb-Away®
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:

If you have a plugged toilet then use Plumb-Away®.

This post shows the five steps to use the Plumb-Away® product.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the Plumb-Away® is a aerosol drain opener that claims to open drains up in seconds.  This product works well in an emergency situation. This product is made in the United States.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows what is in the Plumb-Away® box.

This is the parts of the Plumb Away kit
Fig.2 What's in the kit?
Step 3: Fig.3 shows how to use the simple direction on the box to clear your toilet. 
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the Plumb-Away® that will be inserted into your plugged toilet.
The plunger helps the compressed can
Fig.3 Directions
Great tool for everyone who wants it done now
Fig.4 Tube
Step 5: The Plumb-Away® box contains the following. 1-Plumb-Away®canister, power cap and seal, universal adapter, and extension handle. This unit can open toilet very effectively.




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