Its spring time here in the Midwest – which means we’ll have near perfect temperatures for about a week before the muggy summer heat descends on us. So this is the perfect time to get to work in and around the house, to open the windows and air out our homes, to pack up your winter clothes, to remove the cobwebs and dust every nook and cranny. Fortunately for you, we have a specific series of tools designed to make that last task a breeze!
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.
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.
The ceilings in our homes are often bland and boring, because of that, one of the hottest home trends right now are vibrant painted ceilings. If you feel its time to give your old ceiling a make over follow along with this guide and we will show you how to get it done Faster. Safer. Easier.
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!
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.
At Mr. LongArm we continue to do extensive testing with our WoodMates tools (in our R&D Department and in our own homes). We’ve experimented and put these applicators through their paces. So now it’s time to share with you eight tips for getting the most out of your WoodMates.
Need help picking the right pole for your 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?
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.
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?
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?
And guess who won? Yup! Mr. LongArm took home the “National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best On-site Patriotic Marketing”. Below is the official press release from the National Hardware Show. Congrats to our Show Team and the other recipients!
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.
The following is a guest blog by Mary Sauer and Modernize.com. If you are looking for remodeling projects to increase the value of your home, the folks at Modernize have some great ideas. Check them out!
By Mary Sauer
When you make an investment as large as installing solar panels on your home, taking the necessary steps to maintain and care for that investment is crucial.
Mr. LongArm is proud and excited to announce that we are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity at the 2015 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We’ve worked with many other local and national non-profit charitable organizations but with Habitat we are able to make a difference on a global scale.
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:
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.
The best complete window washing system for the Pro or DIYer. Keeping your windows clean is easy with the ProCurve Window Washing System from Mr. LongArm. This video will show you how to use the different tools and proper technique. If you want to learn how to clean your windows like a pro follow these tips and tricks.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.