Senior Scam Stopper Seminars
The California State License Board recognizes that senior citizens are often a vulnerable audience that are taken advantage of by unethical contractors. The CSLB offers “Senior Scam Stopper Seminars” regularly. These seminars provide information about how seniors can protect themselves from unscrupulous contractors and provide information about contractor scams. They also cover topics such as identity theft.
There is a seminar October 30, 2013 in Fairfield, CA. For more information and dates of seminars, visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/seniorscam_2.asp.
Remember to always hire a licensed contractor and verify their status on the CSLB website. It is also a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau for any history of complaints. Also, listen to your gut! If something seems “off”, it probably is.
One of my recent blogs was about getting bids for a commercial job. But what about the products to protect your investment? Just recently Brooks Painting was re-hired by Valley Farm Transport in Dixon Ca. to re-paint a peeling and deteriorating block building with metal siding. We brought in our Kelly-Moore representative Greg Morgan to write a product specification based on his inspection of the building conditions and challenges. All of the block was falling apart and taking in water. We primed the block with Kelly-Moore Kel-Bond and apply two finish coats of Kelly-Moore elastomeric to seal cracks and to keep the block form crumbling after a soaking rain. Many areas of the block had existing holes that had been drilled for different purposes. Our crew leader Gerry back-filled the holes with expanding foam and applied rapid cement patch to fill in the unsightly holes. See the before and after photos below.
The building corrugated metal and unpainted steel was the next task to bring this crumbling building back to life. Many of the metal surfaces were oxidized and rusty. Brooks Painting primed all metal with Kelly-Moore DTM #5725 and applied two coats of Kelly-Moore DTM semi-gloss #5880. This building is out in the weather exposed to sun and rain all year and required the best protection possible. Even though the building isn’t a show piece to look at, it is an important building and required protection not only from the weather but as an investment for Valley Farm Transport. When painting your commercial property, color is important but we at Brooks Painting want to also protect your investment.
We value our employees here at Brooks Painting more than any other thing. That means providing a safe work environment to them. This can be challenging when you do over 500 jobs a year, and they are all so very different. Our life certainly would be easier if all of our employees worked at the same place, doing the same thing every day. Since that is not the case, we have to look at a lot of different things when it comes to safety.
This would be way too long of an article if I took the time to go into everything. Below is a picture of this year’s respirator fit testing. We are fortunate to partner with 3M for a lot of our products. Our respirators are all made by 3M, and they come to our office and fit test our guys. Fit testing is required by OSHA to be done annually for each employee, and documented. We also do every other week safety tailgate trainings. In 2013 we have been fortunate to be accident free. It takes everyone in our company to be vigilant about safety to have a safe work environment, or else it doesn’t work. “Safety First”!
Saving Garage Doors with Paint
Recently we helped a homeowner with his metal garage doors. They were in such poor condition that he was considering replacing them. Facing southwest, they really took a beating from the sun. The faux carriage doors were badly oxidized and were an eyesore for the upscale gated community where he lived.
The Painting Process
The homeowner no longer wanted the carriage door look but just wanted them painted in a color that complimented the stucco. Over three days, we followed the proper steps and used the right products to ensure that the doors would look beautiful for years. We started out by cleaning them with a metal etching solution on the first day. The second day was spent priming with a metal primer and applying two coats of a marine water-based acrylic coating in French Roast by Sherwin Williams. The final day was spent topping it with a acrylic marine clear coat that provides excellent gloss retention and extends the weathering properties and protects the finish. The results speak volumes.
Using all the right products is so important to getting the desired results. Hiring a professional that knows what products to use and how to use them ensures that the job will get done right. We saved the homeowner from spending a lot more money on replacing the doors and he’s now proud to show off his beautiful home to his neighbors.
Before New Paint
After New Paint
Don’t waste that leftover paint!
The EPA estimates that 10 percent of the house paint purchased each year ends up discarded.
We all know the problem of having too little paint. You’re halfway through completing a room and mid-stroke you realize there is not enough to cover all four walls. You go back to the store and try to have a batch made that matches it perfectly. It takes time out of your day and adds hassle to the process, which is why most of us error on the side of caution and over-purchase the gallons of paint needed for our project. But what do you do with that leftover paint? Here are some green and sustainable ways to add some extra life to that paint bucket without needing to dispose of perfectly good paint.
- Base coat. This won’t work if the leftover paint is a dark color. You can use your leftover paint as a base coat if it is lighter than your prospective top coat. If the existing wall color is already dark, then this tip is especially helpful. Think of it like a sandwich, dark existing color, light top coat, dark top coat.
- Share socially. Use the power of social media to share. Ask your friends if any of them are in need of paint for a project. Your free materials will be picked up ASAP!
- Creative crafts. Use this opportunity to inspire your imagination. Embrace your inner artist, buy some canvas, and become a household Picasso. The paintings will perfectly match the painted tints in your home.
- Transform and retint. If you have different light-colored paints still waiting to be used, take it to your local paint store and ask if it can be combined and retinted. Not all paint can be mixed together, but small amounts combined can create plenty for new projects.
- Donate to Charity. Many cities offer opportunities to donate building materials that are un-used to help support charities like Habitat for Humanity. See if someone in your community could benefit and help others improve their homes.