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Painting may seem like the easiest part of the construction project, but many people over look all of the proper preparation steps. Missing some of these steps could end up making your final product look bad, but missing these steps could end up giving you lung cancer and give your children brain tumors, and many more horrifying diseases. Think I’m full of BS? Look up ‘Renovate Right’ there is a whole book and movie on the health problems paint dust can do to children and adults alike. Here are some easy and may seem obvious steps to maintain quality and safety.

Begin rolling at the top section of the wall along the cut-in strip. Sand the walls if necessary. Roll the ceiling with the finish color. When the primer is dry, mask around the ceiling. After cutting in a section, start rolling, Protect your eyes with safety goggles and wear an old cap. A 5-gallon bucket with a roller grid requires a filling less often and is less likely to tip than a paint tray. Use a relatively dry roller to reduce spattering. Roll diagonally as you did to prime to avoid creating Face mask visible rows across the ceiling. Extension poles you to reach more areas without leaning dangerously from a ladder. Then after apply the finish putting on the paint. You can apply more than one coat if you feel that is necessary.

First, remove the vent covers from the walls or ceilings. Be careful not to damage the vents or duct work when removing. If there is paint build-up on the vents you can use a putty knife (run around edges of vent) to remove without damage. Next, you need to set-up your vacuum system for cleaning. Most wet/dry vacuums come with several attachments. You want to use the long hose (attach directly to vacuum) and the hard plastic tube (attach to hose) with soft bristle brush to clean your vents.

Now that you are ready, you will want to clean and disinfect everything in the room, and then let it dry out completely. You will want to wash off non-porous surfaces such as metal, glass, solid wood, and plastic with hot water and a non-ammonia detergent. If you are cleaning surfaces that are not wet, you will want to mist them lightly with water before you clean them. This is because it is easier for dry mold spores to become airborne than wet ones.

If you can see that you have created some solder bridges on some of the pins, wipe the iron tip again. Put a little more flux just on those pins and then bring down the tip of the iron to suck away the excess solder from the joints.

Woodturning kicks up a lot of sawdust, especially during the sanding process. Much of this is fine and a danger to breathing. Even though wood is biodegradable, it stays in the lungs a long time and is a genuine health hazard. A dust mask should be worn during sanding and a good dust collector is a must. Some shops will use a separate dust collector for the extra fine dust that collects during sanding operations.

Earplugs are easy to find and inexpensive for workshop safety, but getting them to fit properly can be a bit problematic. If they don’t completely block your ear canal, then they aren’t effectively doing their job so make sure you have them tightly fitted.

Carpets, upholstery and other porous items are harder to clean. You will need to clean them, disinfect them, and then wait for them to totally dry. If you see any re-growth of mold, you will either have to throw that item away or get a mold removal professional.