How-to Guide: Painting a Ceiling – Part Two


In part one we went over the materials needed, prep work and how to wet down and remove popcorn ceiling and sanding. This second and final chapter in our ceiling painting saga we’ll discuss color/paint choices, the process of how to paint and a very specific product Mr. LongArm created just for this type of application.

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7 Practical Tips for Breathing a New Life into Old Homes


About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several interior design, lifestyle, real estate and eco-friendly blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.


By Mike Johnston

People often tend to look at home renovation like a holy grail of all DIY projects. The prize you will get at the end of the journey is awesome, but the trouble you need to go through along the way makes the whole thing seem pointless. Here’s the good news, Sir Galahad – this quest is only as complicated as you want it to be and your good old home can get a breath of new life even with the slightest of efforts if you know where to put it. Here are a couple of ideas.

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Optimizing Human Performance for 60 Years and Counting


Sixty years ago, R.D. Newman, was out on a sales call in Wichita KS. While walking inside he saw the store owner and an employee trying to tape a paint roller to a heavy piece of steel conduit. As the legend goes, the store owner retorted, after a friendly ribbing by R.D., “If you can make something better, Newman, I’ll buy it!”. The wheels of invention began to turn.  A few months after returning home, with the help of his wife Mimi,  R.D. had designed the very first telescopic extension pole!

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The Ever-Expanding List of Interesting and Intriguing Uses for Mr. LongArm Extension Poles


The Ever-Expanding List of Interesting and Intriguing Uses for Mr. LongArm Extension Poles

Manipulating objects outside of our reach has been an important part of the evolution of the “tool”. It may seem contrary to intuition but the extension pole as we know it didn’t exist before 1958 when we invented it. Before that human beings had to climb or hang or strain to reach higher. And since then we have found all sorts of uses and attached all sorts of apparatus to our extension poles. Mr. LongArm is forever dedicated to optimizing human performance.

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Picking the Right Pole for the Project


If you look through our product catalog you’ll be inundated with the breadth of our extension pole product lines.  Different lengths, materials, threaded ends, fluted, fixed length – the list of options goes on and on. We realized that up till now we’ve never really done a guide to answer the question: how do you decide which one will best fit your needs?

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How-to Maintain Windows and Keep Costs Low


The following is a blog by Jenny Holt, a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it all and taking her Labrador, Bruce, for long walks.


By Jenny Holt

Windows are an important parts of a home structure providing ventilation, insulating spaces and improving aesthetic appearance. However, they also need maintenance so that they look neat, but are also safe and secure.

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History’s Most Versatile Tool?


From the beginning of time, mankind has evolved to thrive in our environment, what we lacked in stature, we made up for with tools, and specifically for things outside of our immediate grasp. Some tools are designed for particular jobs, while others can be broadly used to accomplish a myriad of different tasks. Take a moment and do a personal inventory of the tools in your garage or shed, which would you consider the most versatile?

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The Official Recipe for the MLA “Mango Salsa” Video


If you haven’t watched Patricia’s harrowing tale of blood, sweat and salsa, head over to our YouTube page and watch. While you’re there Like Subscribe and Comment for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. After a long day of getting it done Faster. Safer. Easier you deserve a quick easy-to-make snack. Nothing is as refreshing as fresh fruits and vegetables so why not throw a bunch of them into the same bowl and eat them with some chips?

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On Reinventing the Wheel


Mr. LongArm is proud to partner with The Urban Farmers, an all volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to help bring nutritious fresh produce to those less fortunate. The following is a blog from the groups co-founder, Siamack Sioshansi.


by Siamack Sioshansi

The tool that we use every day is readily available from any major hardware store. It comes with metal, fiberglass or wood handles at reasonable prices. This is the story of why we reinvented the fruit picking pole, and like all good stories it has a surprising and heartwarming ending.

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Three Reasons to Stain Your Deck


I think we can all agree that we’d much rather be BBQing on our decks than staining or sealing them. But taking a weekend at the very beginning of the warm season can save a lot of headache down the road. If you need convincing to throw even more items on your to-do list, I have three reasons deck treatment should be added:

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An Extruded Aluminum Manifesto


In case you aren’t aware, Mr. LongArm is the World’s largest US manufacturer of telescopic extension poles and accessories, and we’re proud of this fact. Today I’d like to take a minute and explain why we are so adamant about using US made extruded aluminum in our 3ft. and longer extension poles.

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National Hardware Show 2014 Wrap-up


by Maureen Newman

This year’s NHS 3 day event marked the 69th year that manufacturers and resellers of products were brought together under one roof…well, actually 2 roofs and an outdoor parking lot.  Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the line-up of exhibitors ranged from Home Improvement categories (like the painting tools MLA manufactures) to Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living products (such as the hanging Wicker Chair that Linda Fore purchased after show hours then had to figure out how to haul back to KCMO).

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Project Guide: How-to Paint a Room


Painting may seem like an overly intuitive process, but there are a few pitfalls that can turn your dream of perfect living space into a nightmare. Follow our step-by-step guide can help you avoid common mistakes and help you get back to doing what you love… Faster. Safer. Easier.

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Project Guide: How-to Clean a Deck


When was the last time you washed your outdoor deck or patio? From backyard BBQs and spring rain to family reunions and summer heat, our outdoor spaces can take a serious beating. If you’ve ever replaced or built a deck or patio you know it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. This guide will give you a quick rundown on how to perform a little maintenance now to save you a big headache in the future. If you want to learn how to clean your deck, you’ve come to the right guide.

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A Primer on Deck Treatment


Take a trip through your local hardware or paint store and you might be taken back by the wide variety of deck treating products on the market. What’s the difference between stain and a sealer? How do you know which product is right for your deck? This primer attempts to answer those questions, so let’s start at the biggest decision you’ll have in the deck treatment isle: “Do I seal or stain?” This choice is up to your preference, but they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.

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Project Guide: How-to Paint a Closet


When you are in the throws of a remodeling spree it’s easy to bypass closets and leave them out of the makeover process. The humble closet has its own set of rules. It can be an extension of a room or an exciting pop of color. We’ll give you a list of needed supplies, and step by step instructions on how to paint your closet. This project is easy enough for a weekend, and can really change the entire look and feel of a living space.

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Welcome to the Finish.Up. Blog!


Welcome one and all!

This is the first post on the Mr. LongArm “Finish.Up. Blog”, and so we’d like to thank you for taking time to come and check out our new and improved website. We hope that between now and the time they take away our keyboards you’ll find something of use to help you in your endeavors.

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