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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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A Tip For Getting Straight Lines When Painting

by Mike Brewer

If you are trying to find an affordable and cost effective bathroom remodel, you should consider painting the interior. Painting is a smart remodel because it does not cost a ton of money, but it will instantly make your bathroom look much newer and classier. Furthermore, it will protect your bathroom walls from moisture damage. This article will give you one special tip for getting the cleanest and straightest lines when painting textured bathroom walls. The trick is to use lightweight drywall spackle when taping off lines.

The Problem

Whether your walls have a hand troweled, sprayed or textured finish, you will find it can be hard to tape them. Of course, rougher textures are harder to tape over. Even when the painter's tape is firmly pushed down, paint can seep underneath it. Basically, you cannot really trust painter's tape to give you perfectly clean lines even on semi-gloss bathroom paint. When you pull the tape up, there will be splotches of paint beneath the taped area.

The Trick

Using lightweight drywall spackle is one clever way to get clean lines when taping off. To master this technique, you will need some lightweight drywall spackle. First, apply the tape to the wall, like you normally would. Then, using your finger, spread the spackle along the edge of the tape (where you plan on painting). Spread the spackle very thinly, so it does not leave behind any texture when it dries. You might need to apply extra spackle in the crevices that are particularly deep. Next, wait for the spackle to dry completely before you paint.

When you paint over the tape and spackle, you still want to be careful. Do not slop paint all over and expect the line to stay clean. Paint slowly over the edges, using minimal paint on your brush. You will probably need to go over the line twice to get the best result. Paint at least 2" around the edge of the tape. Then, you can roll the rest of the wall without getting near the tape line. When you pull the tape away from the wall, there should be no seepage. The line will be much cleaner because the crevices where the paint usually seeps along the tape were perfectly filled and sealed.

This is a clever way to make your paint job look much more professional. It will add a couple hours of work to your project, in the long run. However, it could take even longer if paint seeps beneath the tape and you need to make touch ups along the line.

If your bathroom needs more than a fresh coat of paint to improve its looks, you can contact a company like City Builders & Supply Inc., to discuss further remodeling options.

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