McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

7 Tips to Ensure Your Porch is a Haven, Not a Headache

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, May 26, 2010

Porches are a great addition to homes, especially in Central New York where our spectacular summers are far too short. A porch can be a place for relaxation, outdoor dining or even sleeping on a warm summer night. Screened porches extend the time you can spend enjoying summer breezes by protecting you from insects.

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Topics: Lighting, Repair and Maintenance, Home Renovation, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg, Porches

6 Common Homeowner Questions About EPA’s New Lead Paint Safety Rule

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, May 5, 2010

As you may have heard or read about in the news, starting April 22, 2010 all contractors performing renovation, repair or painting on pre-1978 homes must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. If you live in a house built before 1978, there's a good chance it contains lead paint.

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Repair and Maintenance, Renovating, Home Renovation, Hiring a Contractor, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg

How to Prepare a Room for Painting

Posted by Brian Ciota on Sat, Apr 10, 2010

Every home needs to be painted periodically. Paint is the best way to freshen a home. Home improvement magazines and television shows make it seem so easy, but before you paint do a little research. What the magazines and TV shows don't tell you is how to select paint, how to prepare a room for painting, the tools required for your job and the steps that lead to a good paint job. They also don't tell you how long it will take to complete the job, especially if you're painting solo. 

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg