Using New Paint & Primer Products – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St. Louis

Are the new paint with primer paints really worth the cost and effort? I need to paint my laundry room this summer and it hasn’t been painted in 10 years (where does the time go?). Is there a paint product you would recommend? Thanks!!

As the primer/paint product is fairly new, I can’t give you results based on a great deal of experience. However, we have used the product a few times, and so far, it seems to work well.

Basically, when a primer is used, it seals the surface and provides a bonding for the finish coat of paint. A primer looks like paint and is applied the same ways as paint. Anytime you are painting bare wood, it should always be primed before painting. If you don’t, the paint will not last as long and will begin to fail before it should.

In addition, if there are water stains on the wood or on a wall surface, such as drywall or plaster, there is only one way to cover up the stain, and that is with a primer. To try and just use paint on a stain will usually not work as the stain will come right back.

If you are painting the walls of your home with a noticeable difference in color between the new and the old, it is sometimes easier to first prime all of the walls and then paint them. You may still need to use two coats of paint to completely cover the color change; however, that’s no more work than doing a coat of primer followed by a coat of paint.

 

Therefore, the idea of having a primer and paint all in one is a good one. I wouldn’t be surprised if other paint manufacturers soon come out with their own product.

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Track Lighting – Get It Done – Ask THE Handyman St Louis

I have a room that just doesn’t give enough light. I’ve tried putting higher wattage bulbs, but this doesn’t help much. I would rather not go to the expense of running wiring and adding new lights. Do you have any suggestions?

Great news! You may be able to solve your problem by switching out the light fixture and installing a track light. A track light will generally come in a two foot, four foot, or a six foot length, but can be coupled to provide an even longer track.

The first step is to find a track light style that you like. Next, determine how long you want the light track to be. The light fixtures fit anywhere into the track, so you can place the lights exactly where they need to be to lighten up the dark areas of the room. In addition, the lights can be tilted to provide accent lighting or straight down for a work-station effect. You’ll also need to determine how many lights you want to have on the track, but you may not know this for sure until you have some installed, so be prepared to go back to the store to buy more, or return some.
Begin by turning the circuit breaker off at the panel box for the light fixture you’re going to remove. Then, remove the fixture, making note of which wires are connected together. Follow the directions of the new track light. In addition to securing the wiring of the track light, you will need to add screws and anchors for the track itself. I would recommend at least two screws and anchors for each three feet of track. If you are adding a section to the track light, just follow the directions, but it’s fairly simple.

After the track is wired and secured, begin by placing the lights into the track. Once you’ve done this, turn on the circuit breaker, and be ready to be amazed. You can then begin to place the lights in the areas you want, as well as direct the lights as needed.

One more thing to think about when you’re done is that a dimmer could be installed to allow you to raise or lower the light level.

Stand back, and be prepared to accept compliments and praise from your family and guests!

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