Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on July 26, 1957 · Page 4
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 4

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, July 26, 1957
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Tips for Doing o Good Job— Paint Ceiling Only When You've Time to Do It All at Once By ANDREW C. LANG We're asked a lot of questions about various aspects of painting the outside of a house, but nearly all the queries about interior painting concern one thing—ceilings. Nobody, It seems, likes to paint a ceiling. It's harder work than painting walls and the results aren't always as good as expected Yet it must be done before the walls if you want to do it right, j tical for painting a ceiling, since Painting a ceiling after the rest of; it will have to be moved far too Timet Htrald, Carroll, Iowa Friday, July 26, 19S7 have the time to do it all at once. [ Stopping in the middle of the jobj^ ... to eat lunch, run up to the * store for more paint, etc, — Is! , u t. . . •.. looking for trouble. Regardless of! * r ™' P^nase of one of those whether a brush or a roller is being used, there's always t h e chance of leaving a faint line at the point where the painting was halted. Make a Scaffold A single stepladder Is not prac the room has been redecorated is the difficult way to do it. You have to take extra precautions and work extra carefully to keep from spoiling what you've already- done. Modern paints have gone a long way towards eliminating lap and brush marks, but it's still wise to paint a ceiling only when you often. A better way is tc use two stepladders, with a plank set up between them to form a sort of scaffold. In some cases, it's more convenient to use a table or some other piece of furniture as long as you're certain it is steady and you take steps to keep it from getting scuffed or spattered. If you're using a roller, you might consid- handle arrangements which en ables you to reach the ceiling while standing on the floor,- although you'll still have to climb on something to use a brush In the corners and other tight spots. As much furniture as possible should be removed trom the room, especially lamps and other things which might be knocked over. Drapes, curtains and anything which cannot be conveniently covered should be taken down. Two or three inexpensive drop cloths will protect articles which might get spattered. Do not depend solely on being careful, because some drops of paint are bound to fall. Paint Across Width A ceiling should be painted acro«s"the width of a room rath- 1 In much tht same way, a roll er than the length. You thus can w should not be'overloaded. The move from wall to wall and back again to start the next strip before the paint begins to set. Taking the screws out-of a ceiling fixture so that it can be lowered a little will make a neater job. And always keep the container of paint in back of you so that you won't knock it over .as you move along the scaffold or table or whatever you are standing on. A brush should be dipped in*| about an Inch or so and flowed on with light strokes. Do not brush it out too much. Just apply enough pressure so that it spreads uniformly. Too much dripping down the handle of the brush means that the paint has been thinned too much, the brush is being dipped too deeply, too much pressure is being applied, or all three. excess paint should be rolled out on the upper part of the roller ramp, which has ridges for that purpose, Work slowly, moving the roller along in even strokes. Little spots of paint, are thrown out ahead of the roller when It is mov*' ed too rapidly. Alternate Brush and Roller The brush painting of corners and other areas should be done as you progress with the roller. If you do all the brush painting first, then all the roller painting, you will be applying wet paint over paint that has started to set. A ceiling, especially in a kitchen or bathroom, may require two coats of paint even when the walls in the same room require only one. That's something you'll have to decide yourself after the paint has dried. Good Idea to Mark Pipes And Valves Householders usually find it helpful to identify the various pipes and valves in the basement or utility room. Particularly in an emergency, when it is necessary to shut off the water, it is quite an advantage to know which pipe leads where and which valve controls the water supply to a certain fixture or group of fixtures. There are three general ways of Identifying valves and pipe, the , National Association of Plumbing Contractors explains. Identification may be made by tags, plates, or by painted color designation. Many plumbing contractors regularly carry in stock a supply of tags made especially for marking valves and pipe. The next time a plumbing contractor is in your home, it is suggested that you ask him to identify the valves and pipe for you and attach tags to them. It is, of course, particularly important to know the location of the , main shut off valve which controls the supply of water for the entire house. This should not only be properly marked, but all members of the family should be instructed where it is. Identification is also important for the sewer pipe under the lawn. When a new house is being built, the plumbing contractor* will gladly supply a diagram of the location of buried pipe. This should be carefully framed and posted in the basement or utility room. If it is ever necessary to service the tmried pipe, it will be a great con- Materials Needed I 1 x t In. x t ft. 1 pa. 1 x I In. x 4 ft. T pea. H x 1 In. x 4 ft or FinlnW lttti 1 pe. hardwood plywood it In. x 40. In. l-ptnn? flnUhlng nails 4 ptnnr flnlahini nail* No. IS, H -ln. brada No. «, 1^-lneh flat* head aerawi do* National Lumbar Manufacturers AtMttatlaa venience to know where it is cated. lo- Building, Repair Work Are Easier With Farm Board Construction and repair work is being made easier for many farmers this year thanks to new materials, methods, and plans. Lumber dealers, understanding the farmers' needs better than ever before, usually carry complete sets of plans for everything from machine sheds to hog houses. Many dealers, with a view toward helping farmers erect efficient buildings and make long • lasting repairs economically, are recommending the use of easy-to-handle Masonite Farm Board. Because Farm Board comes in four-foot wide panels instead of planks, erection time often can be cut in half with corresponding reduction in costs. to build this Grain Bin • It's easy for farmers te build this big, 1,000-bushel grain bin—or any of scores of other farm equipment items and buildings. The secret is Build-Fast plans. These,new plans tell you everything you need to know before you start to build. There are material lists, assembly drawings, and even handy cutting diagrams ^ how to eat each piece of framing for perfect fit and without waste. Build-Fast plans are part of the 4-Square Farm Building Service available for your use at our office. Stop in soon and let us show you the many chore-saving plans. GREEN BAY LUMBER CO. CARROLL, IOWA Provide an atmosphere of good taste and distinctive beauty on any inside surface" Rubberized DA-TEX in* sures better paint-re- suits. For a semi-lustre effect try ALYKD DA-TEX SEMI-LUSTRE, in colors to match DA-TEX Rubberized Paint. • Easy to use • Quick drying only % £89 5 8tl. DAVIS PAINT C. W. NICOLL, Owner y ( could be your { Wiring Is Overloaded Expecting an outdated wiring system to carry the load of today's many new electrical appliances is like sending a boy to do a man's job. Call Your Favorite Ilaetrlelan Todayl lewa Public Service Co. 0k WmmwW • Vsiti* Make Magazine Wall Rack; Easy A wall rack Is a handy and decorative way to keep and display magazines. The project Is made of 1 by 3 and 1 by 6-inch lumber. The sides, made of 1 by 3's, are 40 inches long. Round the top front edge as shown. The shelves, also made of 1 by 3-inch lumber, are 34% inches long. Use M by 1-inch strips to keep the magazines upright. If the V* by l-inch strips are not available, use finished lath or rip them from lumber 1 inch thick. The back is a piece of V<-inch hardwood plywood. Mark the location of the shelves on the sides. Assemble the project. Use glue and 6-penny finishing nails. Attach the back using glue and No. 16 brads % inches long, Use glue and 4-penny finishing nails to attach the 1-inch strips. Round all sharp edges. Set all nails and fill the holes with wood putty. Architects, Designers at Crossroads By EDWARD S. K1TCH CHICAGO <AP' - Undecided about the type ot house to build or the style of furniture to put in it? Think nothing o f it. You're in the company of architects and designers of furniture who have reached a sort of crossroads in their search for a new look. In fact, it seems they don't know which road to take because they confess they don't know what YOU want. This appeared evident during the international summer furniture market where designers, manufacturers and buyers of home furnishings gathered and discussed today's discerning homemakers. They find that the homemaker is budgeting her desires because she wants to be sure she's up with the fashions and the Joneses. Gen. Lawrence H. Whiting, president of the American Furniture Mart, says that one-third of all women in the United States are now employed and- well over half of them are married women, not single or widowed. • "They work for that extra money for clothes, car, furniture and they want style," he says. What Next? This is the area that stumps the Home Repair Dos and Don'ts GYPSUM WALLBOARD DO ... . know that while gypsum wallboard is known by a variety of names, it'-s the material you want if it's prefabricated plaster covered on both sides with a tough paper. DO ... . cut gypsum wallboard by placing it on a horizontal surface, scribing a line with a sharp knife, then snapping down the overhanging part much as you do when breaking glass along a scored mark. DO .... In nailing panels to studding, leave a small space between them and fill that space with perforated tape and cement made especially for the purpose. DO ... . when the cement has dried, sandpaper all rough spots before painting or applying wallpaper. Portable Drill Gets Its Credit Andrew C. Lang, who writes on houses and home repair for this page, is the co-author, with Gar ence A. Martin, of a new book, Power Tools Handbook, published by Fawcett. In it, he says: "Anyone who has ever written or spoken a word about the do-it- yourself movement (now a part and parcel of the American way of life) has come up with an explanation, psychological and otherwise, of why it caught in. But the plain truth ia that nothing did as much to "popularize home repair and construction work as the portable electric drill. It was simple to use, It made difficult tasks easy, it was durable — and it could be bought without taking a second mortgage on the old homestead." DON'T .... make the common mistake of applying too much cement between the joints; it should be put on carefully in thin coats, so that the surface is built up gradually. DON'T .... use a naitset to drive nails below the surface of the wallboard. Allow the hammer head to make dimples in the board, which can be smoothed level w\{h the cement. DON'T .... try to maneuver large panels of wallboard for use on a ceiling unless (1) you have someone to help you or (2) you artisans. They don't know which! have a special jog which will hold road style will take, so they have! the material in place while you at- created a sort of contemporary de- j tach it sign that is a blend of many cultures. DON'T .... overlook special types of gypsum wallboard, some The furniture designer looks to! of which come in 16-inch widths and are applied with an adhesive and some of which have a pre- finished covering, such as simu- WASHING SAVES PAINT Repainting woodwork can be postponed for a long time if the woodwork is kept clean. Two gal ; vanized steel pails, one filled with soapy wash water and the other with clear rinse water, and three soft cloths are all the equipment needed. A light, circular motion with a sudsy cloth on the surface of the woodwork will loosen the dirt. Rinse quickly with a second cloth wrung out in clear water and dry immediately. the architect for inspiration for new creations. The architect looks everywhere for his theme. Both agree that we live in a j lated knotty pine machine age of steel, glass and) automation. We've lived with theseif^l _ \A /j>,» M L- cold things for so long that ourlWiean WOOQ WOTK furnishings are beginning to reflect this influence. Edward Wormley, furniture designer, says that there is a noticeable questioning of the square and geometric In what is known as international architecture, which originated in Germany in the early '20s. The designers feel that it now is cold and unfriendly. They seek new guideposts for American creations. They want a new American design based on the American tradition and its amalgamation of peoples and cultures. Wormley says t h e American idea began to flower at the turn of the 19th century. The ranch house of the west, the Newport "cottages," early Frank Lloyd Wright and the bungalow of the Midwest have influenced home designs. Evolution of Design Victorian, early American and Swedish modern furniture have steadily experienced an evolution of design into what now is known as contemporary. Contemporary furniture has many forms and is scaled to fit into today's small family home. In some cases it is a modification of Colonial, French Provincial, and traditional furniture. Before* Painting Any brick home will look better if the window sashes and other woodwork are clean and bright. Before applying a fresh coat of paint to seedy-looking woodwork, clean the surface so that the paint will cling better. First, scrape away any loose or peeling old paint. Rub the wood with sandpaper to even the surface. Then scrub both the sill and sash with a scrub brush and thick soapsuds to wash away surface dirt and grime. Use two galvanized pails to save time. Fill one'^with soapy wash water and the other with clear rinse water SPRAY ENAMEL One new spray enamel comes in 25 decorator colors. A wide variety of designs can be created by combining stencil patterns and using the spray to produce designs. , Insulation Is Important to Air Cooling There Is often too much inclination to regard insulation as something to cut heating costs.,Actually, insulation is highly important to the proper air conditioning of homes. This fact Is borne but by the results of a research study conducted by a group headed by John R. Watt, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas. The study was made in eight houses in Austin, Tex. The houses are single-story, one-family dwellings of approximately 1,250 square feet of floor area priced between $12,000 and $16,000. Five have combined frame and brick veneer construction, one is all wood, another is all-brick veneer and one is solid masonry with a small frame alcove. One is built over a crawl space; the others have concrete slabs. The house with the thickest insulation — 3 inches of mineral wool in the walls and 6>6 inches in the ceiling — was equipped with an air conditioner at a net savings of $511.17 because use of a smaller cooling plant was possible. And the annual operating savings were $82.26. Current FHA minimum insulating requirements for such a house are m inches in . ceilings and none in the walls. It cost $263.08 more to install the thicker mineral wool. Yet the extra insulation made it possible for a two-ton air conditioning unit to handle the cooling load instead of the four-ton system that would have been required without the extra insulation. Removing old bathroom tile in order to install new has always been a tough and somewhat messy job. There's a new tile on the market which does away with this chore. It's a ceramic-on-steel tile that can be installed right over the old tile. The installation consists of filling in any existing holes, then applying a waterproof mastic over the old clay tile. The ceramic- on-steel tiles are set in place in the mastic. The tiles-are made .-f porcelain enamel fused to sheet steel. They are said to be lighter than regular ceramic tile and resistant to chipping, cracking and fading. The jalousie window did not make its bow in the United States until 1935, but its basic idea is so old that it is lost in antiquity. Spanish countries have used wooden louvers for centuries, calling them "Persianos." The Italians call them "Romanillos." Marco Polo brought gold - plated louvers from China to the Queen of Venice. And the French have used them, especially In North Africa, for many hundreds of years. When jalousies were first introduced into' this country in Florida, they were made of wooden slats set in brass clips. Im-; provements were rapid, with the' biggest development coming in 1945, when glass jalousies won 1m- J mediate acceptance because they i gave added visibility as well as extra ventilation. Jalousies are still made with wooden or aluminum louvers, but the most popular is the glass-louvered jalousie with aluminum frames and screens. A backyard swimming pool has always seemed to be pretty much a luxury item. Yet more and more homes in the moderate • priced class are being built with them. New manufacturing, distribution and installation techniques have brought the costs down. Even a reinforced, all-concrete pool can now be bought, completely installed and equipped, for about the price of a family car. Wood in Kitchen is Best to Set Wise use of natural light and the installation of handsome wood cabinets Is a combination' that makes for a truly unusual and attractive kitchen in the "Daylight Research House" In Ann Arbor, Michigan. One wall of the long corridor- type kitchen is built of glass blocks which allow natural light to shine through without glare. One end of the kitchen is done in brick with individual glass blocks installed at strategic points for more illumination. "The crowning touch is ,"top-lighting" In which Insure Long Life Of Pine Paneling By Back Priming If you are paneling a room, it will pay you to insure the lasting beauty of your walls by back priming them before installing the wood. One of the important economies of fine paneling lies in the many years of service it gives, and the Western Pine Association recommends that no step be omitted that will give increased protection to the wood. After the boards have been cut to the proper lengths for the job, a preservative should be applied to the back of each piece with a paint brush. This is particularly important if it's a basement project. In any case, the wood should be stacked in such a way that air circulates through it for about two weeks before anything is done to it. This allows it to adjust to conditions of the room. three skylights allow natural light to enter from overhead. Wood kitchen cabinets with built-in appliances line the two long walls, Including the glass block wall. A unique touch is the removal of the backs of the factory made wall cabinets before hanging. Wheh a cabinet door is opened, the interior is illuminated by natural light shining through the glass blocks. A clear-vision casement window provides a view to the outside. The wall cabinets are hung from soffits paneled in hardwood. Wood beams, a wood celling and wood flush doors complete an atmosphere of warmth and natural beauty. * Accounting for the liberal use of wood, Dr. Robert* A. Boyd, supervisor of the daylight research project, says: "All woods with more or less natural finish have a texture which provides warmth and Variety of appearance that is usually not associated with other finishes. This variation in appearance is accentuated with daylight because of the changes of intensity and color that are associated with its use." In addition to its compatibility with daylight, Dr. Boyd refers to "low maintenance" as another major reason for the extensive use of wood in the research house. MODERN LIVING NEEDS MODERN WIRING FOR PERFECT COMFORT ALL YEAR See the Complete Line of YORK HEATING and AIR CONDITIONING Exclusive Miracle Clean Air Sentry • KIIPS AIR OCIAN FRESH • CUTS ©PIRATING COSTS • KIIPS AIR PURER, HEALTHIER E & Ar\ Heating and Air Conditioning Permerly Part a* tht John P. Prank Company PLEASE!!! Don't Throw That Rug Away KENNY'S RUG CLEANING SERVICE will make It look Hk« new. Wall*to<w«H carpeting cleaned In tht homo. • Mothproofing 5-Yaar Guarantee • Rug Sizing • Furniture Cleaning DIAL 9786 FREE ESTIMATES Kenny Schwmtnbieh, Owner 1121 North CUrk It. . V* tie* COLOR HARMONY BOOK. ****** guesswork ouf ofdeeomHng'' t..A*mm We'll lend you the Color Harmony Book ,,, FREE. You'll tee 1500 lovely Super* Kem-Tone and Kem-Glo* color schemes that can make your decorating ao easy and bang new Ufa to your home! BIERL Supply Store Fuses Blowing? Heed the warning, your appliances are overloading- your wiring system. ir Could Bo Serious! ir Better let ui check into it. Modern Living Needs Modern Wiring Coast-to-Coast SI2 North Adam* Dial 9343 You do It BETTER WITH NATURAL GAS Y*«r H»t4 Wwklnt OatStrrMt OAS etVISION IOWA ELECTRIC LIGHTS POWER NQ^tV*"COMPLETE HOME AIR CONDITIONING FOR LESS THAN YOU THINK! Now you can be comfortable in every room of your house for as little as the cost of cooling just some of them. The new Waterbury Air Conditioner hooks right up to your present warm air heating system in a jiffy. It eliminates the need for extra air ducts, expensive installation Work. Works smoothly and efficiently with your present furnace to make you feel like you're spending even the hottewThot spells at a cool, fresh mountain lake. Col/ today for free coof/ng survey! Convenient forms. Phone 2230 4 7hVcoolest number in town" JOHN FRANK HEtVTljhlQ, & SHEET METAL 4H Umtln tVv» l«it llaVof HWqty 71 Viaduct

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