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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Deck Inspection

We can provide an inspection of your deck to identify signs of trouble. As decks age there a number of problem which can arise.

1. All deck material will be checked for signs of decay. Large cracks or splitting are signs of decay. All stair treads need to fastened properly, coated or stainless steel screws are best.

2. The wight bearing board which connects the deck to the house is the ledger board. If there are gaps this is a sign of the deck coming loose from the house. The ledger should be fastened with 1/2 galvanized bolts not nails.

3. Is the flashing intact. There should be a a continuous caulk seal.

4. All railing systems should be tight with no wiggle. Balusters need to be secure.

5. Are all the horizontal deck boards tight, firmly secured and flat.

6. Areas with mildew should be cleaned properly.

7. The support post should be at least 6x6. These posts need to be secure to the joists and the footings.

8. The protective coating needs to be refreshed whether it is stain or a clear coats. A protective stain coat only lasts about 3 to 4 years. Most clear coats are only good for 1 to 2 years.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oak Cabinets dated Kitchen

This kitchen is in an older home in Teaneck, New Jersey. The oak cabinets with very dark stain were probably installed in the late 80's. The new owners decided to lighten things up with painted cabinets.

First step was to remove the gloss finish. A chemical de-glosser was used to accomplish this task. Next came the application of brushing putty to all components. The brushing putty is a product which fills the oak grain. It is made by Fine Paints of Europe.

When the putty has dried for 24 hours the sanding begins. It is a dirty job, but leaves a very smooth surface. Once cleaned, the application of alkyd based primer. I use Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Underbody Enamel. When the primer has dried for 24 hours it is lightly sanded and cleaned.

Next step, the first application of the finish. The color is Benjamin Moore, Aura latex, White Dove.

27 doors and draw fronts.

After the first coat all measurements are marked for the new hardware. The holes are drilled and then more paint.

Two more finish applications were applied. Then the doors and drawers were installed.

This job took 6 work days.

The general contractor on this job was Mike Amendola, All Points Construction, 201.887.7473.

All of the paint products and supplies for the cabinet project were purchased at Pete and John's Paint Market, Oakland, New Jersey, 201.337.0233.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stylish Master Bath, Hawthorne, NJ

This is a new master bath added to a home built in 1925, All of the new sheetrock was primed with Fresh Start Latex Primer. The ceiling is white, Ultra Flat Ceiling Paint.
The walls and trim have an eggshell finish. The color is Avalon Teal, Regal Select.

The doors are original to the house. Both doors were cleaned, lightly sanded and finished with McCloskey' Spar Varnish, exterior grade.

All of the paint is by Benjamin Moore. All paint, varnish and supplies were provided by Pete and John's Paint Market, Oakland, NJ.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ramsey Colonial

This house is a fifty year old center hall colonial. The original design is a classic in American style. The trim details in this house included crown, chair rail and wainscoting. All of the trim profiles were classic colonial. The prior owners had added very low quality trim details which detracted from the classic design of the home. Plus, the prior owner had little to no carpentry skills. All of the inexpensive trim was removed by the new owners. The removal created alot of damage to the walls, the remaining trim and ceilings.

Nail pops! In many homes sheet rock was nailed to the framing. Over time the nails loosen and make dimples in the sheet rock surface. Each nail has to be reset. In this project there were hundreds of pops on the walls and ceilings.

During the removal of the DIY trim the walls were damaged due to excessive nails and glue. The wall area below the crown had to be re-coated with joint compound and sanded.

In addition to the spackle work, all of the remaining trim had to caulked. Old dried caulk was removed and new caulk applied. The new caulk makes for a smooth transition between the walls and trim. The crown was also re-caulked.
The prior owners had no skills in painting. The were drips and runs in the paint which had to be sanded smooth. Every wall and ceiling in this project was sanded smooth before primer was applied. The prep work on a job is the most important aspect of painting. Time and patience pay off once you start to apply the new finish.
The photos in this article only depict two rooms. The project included five rooms overall. The same type of work was done in each room.

All paint is from Benjamin Moore.
The colors in the dining room; Capitol White, CW10, Ultra Flat ceiling paint. The trim is, Capitol White, CW10, semi-gloss, Regal Select.
The color for the upper walls is a custom mix similar to a sage color. The finish is matte.

The living room has Capitol White, CW10, Ultra Flat ceiling paint. The trim is, Capitol White, CW10, semi-gloss, Regal Select. The walls are Light Pewter, #1464, matte finish, Regal Select.

The primer used on this project was Fresh Start, latex, high hide, #046.All of the paint and supplies were purchased at, PETE and JOHN'S PAINT MARKET, 400 RAMAPO VALLEY ROAD OAKLAND NJ  PHONE: 201-337-0233 FAX: 201-337-9314.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Wyckoff basement Renovation

This basement reno began about 3 weeks ago. The owners were looking for some minor changes, but a livable space for TV and entertaining.
The work began with laying out 2 new walls and a new door to create a small home office.

 Framing and sheet rock were done and then on to the wainscoting.

 The bead board wainscoting is by RevBead. This is a superior product, with an excellent factory finish, pre-primed and ready for paint. (48516RB)
After the wainscoting was installed the next step was the cap rail. (F/J primed KB810FJ) The cap rail introduced some problems. The old sheet rock walls were not level or straight, probably due to warped 2x4”s. With a little work, some scarf joints, liquid nails and brads, the installation was seamless.

 Next, the base board. (Colonial base, KB200) Again some tricky cuts and patience the installation moved along.
The walls and soffits above the rail were spackled, sanded and primed. (Benjamin Moore Fresh Start primer)
The ceiling grids from the old ceiling were left in place. Some new grids were added because of the new walls. The old grids were cleaned and painted white.

The wainscoting was sprayed and received 3 finish applications. The color is, Ashen Tan 996, semi-gloss.
The doors were sprayed and the color is, Baja Dunes 997, semi-gloss. All trim is also this color.
The upper walls were brushed and rolled and the color is, Mocha Cream 995, matte finish.
The soffits were painted ultra  flat white.
All paints are Benjamin Moore Regal Select.
 Prior to the installation of the ceiling panel, insulation was installed. The product is ROXUL Acoustical Fire Batts. (ROX316) The ceiling panels are model# 1205 at Lowe’s.
The wood products and insulation were purchased at Kuiken Brothers, Midland Park, NJ.
All paint and paint supplies were purchase at Pete and John's Paint Market, Oakland, NJ.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ranch exterior job

This ranch house is located in Oakland, New Jersey. The owners decided the house needed to be freshened up. Although the old paint was faded and dull, there was no peeling or cracking of the paint. The old color was a grayish green.
The new color selection,
2134-60, White Stone (main body of house)
CW-10, Capitol White (trim)
2072-30, Purple Lotus (shutters)

All of the exterior paint was Benjamin Moore,
Regal Select Exterior High Build - Soft Gloss Finish (403)
  • Durable finish resists fading, cracking and peeling so the job looks freshly painted for years to come
  • Self priming.
  • Excellent flow and leveling for easy application
  • Mildew resistant even in humid conditions
  • Low temperature application (to 40° F) extends the painting season
Ideal when you need:
  • High-build for superior coverage and fewer coats
  • A product that dries quickly so you can recoat faster and finish the job in less time

There were some minor repairs done prior to painting.Also included in this job was the painting of the storage shed. One new shutter was installed.

The next few photos were taken before the job started.

The following photos were taken at the completion of the job.

The very pale gray makes the house standout. A new application of paint makes a big difference!

All of the paint and supplies were purchased at,
http://www.peteandjohnspaintmarket.com/  Oakland, New Jersey.