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Are you Linkedin?

Are you Linkedin?

By on May 29, 2012 in Published Articles with 1 Comment

What is Linkedin all about and how can you maximize the potential? Read more about Linkedin here in my column, “What’s App’eng” in  the Paint Contractor. Linkedin can be a great resource to network with professionals! 5 reasons:tpc article  

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To Prime or Not to Prime?

To Prime or Not to Prime?

By on May 27, 2012 in Products with 87 Comments

  This is a big topic in the residential paint world lately. The fact of the matter is that “self priming” paints are really nothing new. They have just been marketed recently in new and more creative ways. Benjamin Moore Regal, the old stuff of ten years ago, had self priming characteristics, and it said […]

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Prime, Prime and Reprime!

Prime, Prime and Reprime!

By on May 26, 2012 in Products with 12 Comments

Honestly, I don’t get the whole “no need to use a primer” thing. Our company has done new construction homes for over 20 years and we have never skipped the primer! In fact, my husband Rob is so particular about the prep and prime stages that he will rarely try a new primer, but will […]

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What’s Your Summit?

What’s Your Summit?

By on May 20, 2012 in Business Practices with 0 Comments

Every morning, you get up, go to work and lead your painting company through another day. You‘re satisfied if you get through the day without too many problems from your customers and employees. You’re even happier if there’s money left over for you.  Then, you get up and do it again.  So, where’s it all […]

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Festool and Safety

Festool and Safety

By on May 20, 2012 in How We Stay Safe with 0 Comments

Festool’s slogan is faster, easier, and smarter. They could add safer as well. They think of every little detail, like built-in cord storage to avoid tripping.

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EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test (Part Two)

EPA Certified Painters, What To Lead Test (Part Two)

By on May 19, 2012 in Lead Paint with 3 Comments

Sometime ago, I wrote a blog about what to test and what would be considered an integrated whole.  It seems now, that the EPA RRP FAQ have put the controversy to rest. Question: I’m a certified renovator using an EPA-recognized lead test kit to determine whether or not I have to follow the Renovation Repair […]

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Lead Poisoning Moved To 5μg/dL

Lead Poisoning Moved To 5μg/dL

By on May 16, 2012 in Lead Paint with 1 Comment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, agreed with the Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP) to move the line for the lead poisoning of children from 10μg/dL to 5μg/dL.  μg/dL stands for micro-grams per deciliter, which is a measurement used for blood levels. The CDC also agreed that the term “level of concern” […]

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Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

Benjamin Moore Waterborne Ceiling Paint

By on May 13, 2012 in Products, When We Try It with 17 Comments

  I recently had the chance to work with Benjamin Moore’s fairly new ceiling paint 508. Touted as an ultra flat paint specifically formulated for ceilings that hides common ceiling imperfections, it uses the Gennex waterborne colorant system making it a VOC compliant product in all areas. It has longer open times for more work-ability, leading to less laps […]

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Promar 200 ZERO VOC – The right paint for your home

Promar 200 ZERO VOC – The right paint for your home

“What paint should I use in my own home?” Can you explain what the single most important aspect should be in a type of interior paint?  Should it be ease of use?  How well it covers?  Clean ability?  Odor?  Versatility?  Affordable?  It is quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what a paint should be, and to […]

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What’s in your toolbox?

What’s in your toolbox?

By on May 1, 2012 in Equipment with 5 Comments

Painters have “stuff” As we are heading full force into the exterior season I am sure there are guys (like my husband Rob) who are digging thru toolboxes and finding tools in all sorts of buckets and places they don’t belong! Some guys have a pretty good system of organizing their tools, like Scott showed […]

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5 Reasons to Join 5 Groups

5 Reasons to Join 5 Groups

Are you spinning your wheels? Many of us are so busy working “in our business” that we put working “on our business” low on the priority list. Add to the list Social Media, Training Employees, Hiring , Paperwork and keeping up on the endless changes in RRP Rules, and it is a wonder how we […]

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