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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Product Review: EZ Twist Paint Stick

NOTE:  I have in no way been compensated for,  or contacted by the manufacturer regarding, review of this product.

Significant progress is finally being made on the wallpapering of the two hallways and the stairwell.  One significant thing that's changed is the priming/sizing is finally done.  Yesterday, a neighbor came over to help me get the stairwell primed.  This is significant because, somehow in my dotage, I have developed a bit of uneasiness with heights.  This particular post is about a product that was used - the EZ Twist Paint Stick.

I hate painting.  I hate painting nearly as much as I hate a root canal...nah, I think I might hate it as much as a root canal.  I'm not a big one for taking shortcuts, but when it comes to painting, I'm always more than willing to find a way to get it over.  Truth be told, if I could, I'd find someone else to get it over with!  But the EZ Twist Paint Stick makes painting fun and easy!  Okay, that may be a bit of hyperbole, but it really did make painting easy and a lot faster!

Photo source:  homeright.com
I picked up the paint stick at Lowes for about $25.  It took about two minutes to assemble, and the instructions were clearly written.  The plastic lid goes on the paint can with the little spout.  There's a port near the end of the roller-end of the handle, and that port goes on the spout.  You pull back the end of the handle and the entire handle fills with paint.

Photo source:  mommyshangout.com
To get the paint into the roller, just twist the end of the handle and it feeds the roller.  A little trick I figured out was, put the roller against the wall and push up and down in a rolling motion as you fill the roller.  This will even out the paint on the roller from the inside, and will prevent you from over-filling the roller.  That's about it!  Roll the paint on and twist the handle a little when the paint starts to run out and it keeps feeding the roller!

My neighbor with no sense fear of heights.
Cleaning up after the job is pretty simple too, although I think it helps to just have the cleanup instructions with you and follow them step-by-step.  Altogether cleanup took less than ten minutes.

Stairwell all primed/sized!
PROs:  
Inexpensive
REALLY easy to use
No need to keep going back to a roller pan.
No dripping
The long handle makes for great reach!
Easy cleanup

CONs:
I haven't come across this yet, but the only potential con I can think of is if replacement parts become obsolete or just hard to find.  The roller is proprietary, and I would guess that the "O" rings might need replacing on occasion.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:
I flat out love the paintstick.  Once all the cutting in was done, the priming of the entire stairwell was done in about 20 minutes (after taking down the homemade scaffolding).  At this point, after using it for one job so far, I would HIGHLY recommend the EZ Twist Paint Stick!

OTHER PEOPLE'S REVIEWS (more detailed and better written!):
Organize With Sandy also a nice video HERE

PS:  I still hate painting.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A (Very) Little Wallpaper Progress

Remember my last post wherein I was bemoaning my inability to estimate how long a project would take?  Well here's exhibit A.  See that corner?  Looks innocent enough right?  See the two doors on adjacent walls?  See the little bit of moulding on the door trim?  Long story short:  an hour-and-a-half for one piece of wallpaper!  That's right kids, you read right.  An hour-and-a-half.  The upside is I've subsequently hit an area with straighter shots so I'm beginning to see progress!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Estimating Time Requirements - Anyone's Guess (but mine)

Notice to anyone out there who may, in some crazy, Twilight-Zone induced stupor, ask me to do a project for you:  I cannot, with even a modicum of accuracy, estimate how long ANY project will take.  You've been warned.  Problem is - I know this about myself.  I see a project, mull it over, think on it, dream of it, plan it all out. I get the steps in my head and can see every phase and every detail in my head and think - well, this won't take long at all.  I should have this done in XX hours - no time at all.  Oh yes, I will remember my sad and humbling time underestimations of the past, but OOOOHHHH not THIS time!  This time'll be different!  I'm older and wiser.  I've honed my skills over projects past!  This'll be done in a jiff!  No problem. And guess what - I did it again!  I've deluded myself, suppressed memories (or would they qualify as nightmares?).

Here's what happened.  I decided to wallpaper the two hallways and the stairwell (before you judge - I'll explain that in another post).  Well, as all who have ever hung wallpaper know - hanging wallpaper is not as simple as putting paste on the paper and hanging it.  Not.  At.  All.

All I wanted to do was paper this hallway:



As you can see, there's not a lot of "wall" in this hallway.  It's mostly doors and trim.  So I figured prepping, priming/sizing  the walls, mmmm what?  Maybe an hour?  No.  Nope.  Uh uh.  Two - with all those doors and trim there was a LOT of cutting-in.  

Then there was the upstairs hallway.  


Again - prepping, priming/sizing  the walls, my guess?  Another hour.  Reality?  Two hours.  This is not encouraging.  

And the stairwell...




It's hard to get this on camera, but the stairwell walls are huge!  My pre-project guess - two hours for prepping, priming and sizing.   Reality?  I have no idea - haven't even gotten to it yet.  So what I thought would be a weekend project, has stretched to a whole weekend and several after-work hours.  I have about half of the downstairs hallway papered, the upstairs hallway prepped and primed and the stairwell, well...

Moral of the story...I cannot estimate, with any sense of near accuracy, the time needed for a project.  That, or I grossly overestimate my abilities.  Either way - projects take a loooong time!  Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Winter Has Finally Arrived!

Winter in this part of New York has been virtually non-existent this year.  It may have been good for the wallet, but with everything being brown and gray - it really hasn't been great for the mood.

Well, February 29th, thaaat's right...the very end of February, a day in which most years would have been March 1st...winter arrived! Thought I'd post a couple pics of 173 in all her winter glory!  Oh, in case you can't tell - I love snow!




The birch tree and the fence line always look so nice draped in snow:


And I love the hemlock in the back yard:


And finally, the apple tree in the front yard.


This got me to thinking...maybe this summer a should do a post of a tour of the yards.  I think most would be surprised how much is packed into the postage stamp yard here at 173.  Happy winter everyone!

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