Tag: paint

Deciphering the Sandpaper Puzzle

By Scott Sidler | February 29, 2016

Sandpaper is an integral part of any almost every kind of home repair, especially finish work. Painting, carpentry, refinishing, flooring, woodworking. They all require sanding at some point in the process so it’s imperative to know what you’re doing. There […]

Is It Worth Paying More For Paint?

By Scott Sidler | February 22, 2016

is it worth paying more for paint

What’s the best paint? Honestly, there is no single answer to this question, but I get asked this on a regular basis. I posted about my favorite water-based and favorite oil-based paints before, but neither can be definitively qualified as […]

Will HEPA Really Keep You Safe?

By Scott Sidler | November 16, 2015

Will HEPA really keep you safe

In the age of RRP renovation rules and a lot of fear about everything lead paint it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe. A lot of folks hear about HEPA vacuums and think that if they just use […]

4 Reasons You Should Never Pressure Wash Your House

By Scott Sidler | August 31, 2015

never pressure wash your house

Everybody pressure washes their house. But few people know that the way it’s usually done is NOT good for your house. You may just be going with the crowd, but in this case the crowd is wrong, and you’re likely […]

How To: Prep Wood For Stain

By Scott Sidler | July 13, 2015

how to prep wood for stain

Whether you’re refinishing your floors, making a table, cabinets or any other project that requires finishing it’s useful to learn how to apply stain properly and make your projects really shine. Applying stain is a pretty easy process that doesn’t […]

6 Secrets to Silky Smooth Paint

By Scott Sidler | May 25, 2015


Ok, this isn’t really a secret like professional painters are guarding this information jealously, hoping and praying you’ll never find out. There are no secret paint police to prevent the average homeowner from knowing their tricks. It’s just plain good sense […]

How To: Use Boiled Linseed Oil (Safely)

By Scott Sidler | May 4, 2015


Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) is a common item in my shop and in a lot of woodworker’s shops. It is a great oil treatment for woods, leaving a smooth touch on the surface. It revitalizes old dried wood and gives […]

How To: Make Distressed Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler | April 27, 2015

how to make distressed wood floors

Usually I focus on how to restore the older elements of your house, but today I’ve got a little tutorial for making something new look old. My wife and I are just finishing our attic bedroom project (more on that […]