Ursula Le Guin American author of novels, children's books, is seen in a Sept. 9, 2001 photo at home in Portland, Ore. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Jan. 22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. She was 88. Benjamin Brink, The Oregonian via AP


HIGHLY recommend this company. We needed to hire someone to paint the interior of our home. The owner came over initially to give a quote and was very nice. Talked to him about his family and his business. He is very experienced and takes pride in doing great work. They are licensed and have workers compensation insurance, which was really important for us. The actual painters included Sandy, who was amazing and helped me select the right paint colors for our house. They finished on time and for the price that was quoted. The work itself is high quality and if we ever need something painted in the future, I will be using them again.
On a scale of 1-10, House Painting Inc gets a 12! They painted the exterior of our 2-story house and the results were excellent. The cost was very reasonable (between the highest and lowest bids we received), the prep work was thorough, and daily clean-up was diligent. They often left the area cleaner than when they arrived. The painters were always on-time, worked hard the full day, minimized any impact on us, and did excellent work. This is a professional organization; they deliver on their promises.
Home Works Painting is licensed (Virginia Class A #2705-153298) and insured (Workman’s Comp and General Liability), and has been servicing Northern Virginia since 2005. We pride ourselves on delivering a first class job with exceptional service. Home Works Painting has been selected as Northern Virginia’s Best Pick for painters for the past seven years, and is a member of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA).
We had a bad experience with an interior painter years ago, with the crux of the problem being him overcharging us at the end for "extra work" he didn't anticipate. One thing I'd strongly recommend is making sure it's in the contract that any additional work or growth work is estimated and communicated to the owner as soon as it is identified, otherwise the owner is not liable to pay it at the end.
In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Japanese animated film director Isao Takahata speaks about his latest film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" with its poster during an interview at his office, Studio Ghibli, in suburban Tokyo. Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82. Takahata, who directed "Grave of the Fireflies," a tragic tale about wartime childhood, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement. Shizuo Kambayashi, AP
You've got me very afraid now, I've been taken in a couple of times since I moved here. They take advantage of me because I am a single woman, not exaggerating! From gardeners to inside work. Wouldn't have house painted but I know my HOA will be after me soon, garage door is peeling and stucco needs repair. Got the $1500.00 deal, but paying more for extra work they say I need.
If you are unsure about what colors will work best in a space, you may wish to hire an interior decorator to help. Decorators can look at your furnishings, the size and shape of a room, and the amount of light it gets to help you determine the best shades for the space. Design services cost around $50 to $200 an hour, and can help you find the perfect colors for your home.
Painting the exterior of your home is an essential maintenance task that can be challenging, time-consuming and extremely messy. The fastest and safest way to get the job done right is to hire a professional exterior painting contractor. A pro will have the right tools, equipment, and experience for the job, will be able to recommend the most effective paints for your particular project, and can handle the necessary prep work to ensure a lasting finish. They will also select the best time to paint your home to keep the project within your timeline and budget.
FIRST: Unless you can stay in business painting 1 bedroom at a time for $500-$1000, which you can't, then you will be taking on several thousand dollar contracts that require thousands in Labor and Materials to fulfill the order. Multiply that by 3-4 jobs at one time or in our case 15-20 jobs at a time, YOU NEED TO TAKE DEPOSITS!!! It is horrible business not to take deposits. There are many jobs where its not possible to get a deposit and that is built into or pricing accordingly. If we are not getting a deposit, there is a finance charge built in, contractors are not banks. If you don't have a good feeling about a deposit, your hiring the WRONG CONTRACTOR. Hire people you know or well established businesses.
In this May 17, 2017, file photo, Red Schoendienst, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals' 1967 World Series championship team, takes part in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the victory, before a baseball game between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox in St. Louis. Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed the Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He was 95. The Cardinals announced Schoendienst's death before the top of the third inning during their game against the Miami Marlins. Jeff Roberson, AP
Ursula Le Guin American author of novels, children's books, is seen in a Sept. 9, 2001 photo at home in Portland, Ore. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Jan. 22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. She was 88. Benjamin Brink, The Oregonian via AP
I really enjoyed this first book of the House of Comarre series. The heroine Chrysabelle is a comarre, which is described as a geisha for vampires. Her patron ends up dead and she goes on the run to avoid being blamed for it. She ends up meeting the other main characters Mal, Doc, and Fi after her escape. This story has all the usual supernatural elements like vampires, Fae, and shapeshifters but they aren't used in a generic way. The Fae in particular have some unique characteristics, and the hidden vampire society that Chrysabelle lived all her life in creates an enigmatic and fascinating background, and at times setting, for the story. Mal has a tragic backstory that gets revealed over time, and the way his, chrysabelle's, Fi's, and Doc's lives are (and become) connected will surprise you and is fascinating to read about. The evolving relationships between these four are really at the heart of the story and are what makes it so good.
At the Nevada Painting Company, we believe in exceptional customer service and integrity of our work. What this means to us is that we are not satisfied until you are satisfied. We go the extra mile with each and every customer to ensure the highest level of customer service. It is the consistent flow of happy customers that keeps us growing strong.

I really enjoyed this first book of the House of Comarre series. The heroine Chrysabelle is a comarre, which is described as a geisha for vampires. Her patron ends up dead and she goes on the run to avoid being blamed for it. She ends up meeting the other main characters Mal, Doc, and Fi after her escape. This story has all the usual supernatural elements like vampires, Fae, and shapeshifters but they aren't used in a generic way. The Fae in particular have some unique characteristics, and the hidden vampire society that Chrysabelle lived all her life in creates an enigmatic and fascinating background, and at times setting, for the story. Mal has a tragic backstory that gets revealed over time, and the way his, chrysabelle's, Fi's, and Doc's lives are (and become) connected will surprise you and is fascinating to read about. The evolving relationships between these four are really at the heart of the story and are what makes it so good.
"Modern paints dry too quickly, and are difficult to brush out," says Dixon, who uses paint additives, such as Floetrol for latex paints and Penetrol for alkyds. "Adding a few ounces per gallon slows drying time and makes the paint more workable," he says. Another problem is bridging. "Latex paints form a skin," says Dixon. "Removing painted tape can tear the skin, resulting in a ragged rather than a sharp line." Lastly, taping takes time. "Learning how to cut in with a brush takes practice, but if you can do it, you'll leave most tapers in the dust," Dixon says. (Cutting in is painting just the surface you want, not the surface adjacent to it — for example, where a wall meets the ceiling.) Although there are mildewcide additives, our pros prefer using bathroom and kitchen paints that have built-in mildew fighters. "These paints will prevent mildew from forming, but they won't kill mildew that's already there," Dixon points out. Because leftover mold spores can live beneath the paint and eventually work their way through to the surface, you should also prep bath and kitchen surfaces. First, wash down the walls with a bleach solution (3/4 cup of bleach per gallon of water) then seal with a stain-blocking primer, such as Zinsser's Bulls Eye 1-2-3 or Kilz's Total One.

In a Sept. 25, 1963 photo, The Rev. Martin Luther King,Jr., left, VP Joseph E. Lowery, and Wyatt Tee Walker, right, executive director of the SCLC meet at First African Baptist Church, for the SCLC convention in Richmond, Va. The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who helped assemble the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail" from notes the incarcerated King wrote on paper scraps and newspaper margins, died Jan. 23, 2018, in Chester, Va., said his daughter Patrice Walker Powell. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said Powell, who confirmed his death. Carl Lynn, Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP
Do you need to paint your house, but also find yourself thinking of walking out of your office for good and picking up a paint gun instead? Does the thought of simple work with immediate results that you can see everyday sound much better than the frustrating mess of dealing with the people in your "white collar" job? Want to be a craftsman? Well guess what? It's not so simple as you might hope... Great book that will give you insight into the world of painting for a living and the folks who do. The authors website is also full of information on how to do the job right the first time. Much appreciated.

Joe Jackson arrives for the screening of 'Sicario' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France on May 19, 2015. Joe Jackson, the man who fathered Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and deployed an iron will to turn his supremely gifted children into a culture-shifting music powerhouse, died early June 27, 2018. He was 89. Franck Robichon, EPA
Home and business owners all throughout the Kansas City metro area — be it Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, or elsewhere — agree that Neighborhood Painting Inc. should be your one-stop shop for all of your residential and commercial painting needs. Our customers have taken note of our emphasis on clear communication. We walk through each step of the painting process with you from start to finish to ensure your satisfaction. All work is performed by our friendly in-house staff. We do not use subcontractors to complete any of our painting services.
All colors have a base tone which might not be as apparent on a small swatch, but when the color is painted over an entire wall or room – the base color will stand out. Brown colors will sometimes appear to have a pink hue to them, and greys very often have some purple or blue to them. To avoid being surprised by a base color, take some time to look at the color fan deck for the selected paint color to see where the color comes from.
It was a pleasure working with Distinct Painting Co. from the estimate to completion. Kane Robinson (owner) is a true professional, both knowledgeable and friendly. The contract contained the date for painting to begin and they began earlier than expected. Preparation was quite involved as was the painting on my two story house. In spite of 25-40 mph wind gusts, they (Kane and Eric) continued to prep the house for painting. I am a bit of a perfectionist and appreciated the quality and attention to detail and the guarantee. The entire positive experience was worth every penny. My house looks incredible. I couldn't be happier and highly recommend Distinct Painting Co.
Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator Charles Krauthammer gives a press conference prior to speaking in the Junior League of York's "In the Spotlight" Speaker Series on Feb. 26, 2014, at the Yorktowne Hotel in York, Pa. The conservative writer and pundit Krauthammer has died. His death was announced Thursday, June 21, 2018, by two media organizations that employed him, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post. He was 68. Chris Dunn, Daily Record/Sunday News
Did you even read the article? It was specifying UNSCRUPULOUS painters! And, by the way, the photo at the top was not identified at all. How would anyone know whether it was done by a homeowner or not? Also did you ever stop to think that if a consumer has the knowlege to spot a dishonest contractor then by default he also has the knowlege to identify an honest one as well? And, pardon me, but just because you've never seen something has absolutely nothing to do with whether it has actually happened to someone else. Why would any honest business person be so defensive about the publishing of such useful information? If any painters/painting contractors object to a consumer having this kind of information maybe they are the dishonest ones!
This Feb. 4, 1979 file photo shows CIA Director Stansfield Turner. Stansfield A. Turner, who as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter oversaw reforms at the agency in the wake of the scandal uncovered by the Church Committee, has died. He was 94. Turner's secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the Washington Post that Turner died on Jan. 18, 2018 at his home in Seattle but Moynihan did not disclose the cause. AP
When the homeowner is at the point of hiring a painter, they generally will have colors selected or at the very least a color in mind. I always ask for the colors before I bid a job. Dark colors, high sheen colors and specialty finishes require more labor, this drives price. If its not a color change or I'm going over a similar color I give the pricing option of one or two coats. The best advise I can give based on 25 years in the business is to put it all in writing,colors, brands of paint preferred, when the work can be done, who moves furniture and how payment will be handled. I never get up front money. BTW you most definitely get what you pay for with paint. Higher quality products results in and better looking job. Don't be a cheapskate when it comes to paint or the painting contractor.

In this Aug. 25, 1992 file photo, Jerry Van Dyke, left, and his brother, Dick, laugh during a party in Los Angeles. Manager said Jan. 6, 2018, that Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' star and younger brother of comedian Dick Van Dyke, has died in Arkansas at 86. Manager, John Castonia, said Van Dyke died Friday at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. Chris Martinez, AP
I've seen this article sent out 4 times now. It's out dated in terms of today's "Scams." Paint stores haven't charged more money for deeper paint colors in over 15 years. Also Water downed paint? Seriously? That would never happen in the real world. And Wall repair? what painter would ever not assume wall repair as included? This article is a waste of time and should be taken down or edited to reflect actual scams of todays times.

In this Nov. 30, 2000, file photo, former pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino, 65, poses with a painting of him in his pro wrestling prime weighing 275 pounds in 1965 at age 35, in his Pittsburgh home. Bruno Sammartino, professional wrestling's "Living Legend" and one of its longest-reigning champions, has died. Sammartino was 82. Family friend and former wrestling announcer Christoper Crusie said Sammartino died Wednesday morning, April 18, 2018, and had been hospitalized for two months. Gene J. Puskar, AP
I needed to get my house on the market as soon as possible, but also wanted it to look really good. These guys were great to work with. They worked around us and the contractors who were doing work in the house. They completed each bedroom in a day so we could sleep in them at night, and the house never smelled of new paint - it just looks clean and fresh, and so much brighter than before. I will definitely call these guys again for my next painting project.
To get at the nails in the board above, shove a flat pry bar up under it and gently pry the board outward. In most cases, this will pop up the nailhead, so you can pull it with your hammer claw. If you run into a stubborn nail that won’t move easily, don’t use brute force and risk splitting the good board. Instead, slip a hacksaw blade behind the siding and cut the nail (Photo 2).You can’t get the new board in unless you pull the remaining shank of the cut nail (Photo 3).
If there is any peeling — and there usually is somewhere — it's essential to scrape off any loose paint. This doesn't just mean the parts that are already separated from the wood and ready to fall off on their own. Each spot where paint has peeled loose needs to be scraped thoroughly until you can no longer get the sharp corner of a putty knife under any of the surrounding edges of paint. Then, the bare spot needs to be sanded until the paint edges are smooth.
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