Angie’s List: Properly prepping before you paint will make it last
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TAMPA – A fresh coat of paint can help improve your home’s curb appeal. It’s a big job that can be costly and time consuming. If you’re going to all the expense and aggravation of painting, make sure it’s done right. That starts with taking the time and effort to properly prep your house.

“A lot of homeowners tend to tackle painting on their own,” said Angie Hicks, founder of the consumer website Angie’s List . “But keep in mind the most common mistake made is not properly prepping before you paint. A lot of times consumers underestimate the true work involved in prepping properly. Scrapping and getting the surface clean is really important to a lasting paint job. Also, keep in mind if you have a two-story house and you don’t have the proper ladders it can be dangerous too.”

How do you know when it’s time to paint?

  • A good paint job should last 5-10 years.
  • The most obvious sign that you’re home’s exterior needs a fresh coat of paint is peeling.
  • Check the side of your house that gets the most weather exposure – this will be the side where the paint begins to show signs of wear first.
  • Peeling paint allows water to seep into the wood and can cause the wood to rot.

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Villa Park invites public to adopt, paint fire hydrants
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The public is invited to participate in the Adopt and Paint A Fire Hydrant program in the village of Villa Park.

There are 1,016 fire hydrants in the village that residents, organizations and businesses have the opportunity to adopt and decorate in accordance with the contest rules. Multiple fire hydrants may be adopted and maintained for two years.

The village will supply paint for any hydrant that is in proper working order. If a hydrant barrel is colored primarily white or camouflage, a contrasting color must be used on the top of the hydrant. Black paint used on discharge ports is limited to the tip or operating nuts and no black paint is allowed on the top of the hydrant. Decorating must be in English and rated PG. No gluing or attaching items to hydrants is permitted.

Minimum donations are $ 25 for a family, $ 35 for organizations and groups, $ 50 for businesses and $ 100 for major corporations.

All donations must be made via cash or check made payable to the Villa Park Fire Depar…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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