Types of Shovels

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You will need various shovels to maintain your landscaping and gardens around your home. Like garden hoses, shovels are a staple of yard projects. There are many types of shovels and each one has its own purpose.

The goal of this post is to help you understand which shovel to use for each project around your yard. Home outdoor projects are much easier with the right tools.

Here are the different types of shovels:

DIGGING SHOVELS

The most common shovel for outdoor projects is a digging shovel. The purpose of this tool is very self explanatory as you will use it to dig holes in and around your yard. A digging shovel has a sharp and pointed tip for loosening soil and cutting buried roots and hardened sod. There are also digging shovels with a square tip for edging and harder soil.

You should purchase a steel digging shovel as it is more durable than an aluminum model. Handles are available in composite, wood and plastic.

TRENCHING SHOVELS

A trench shovel is used for digging trenches and laying irrigation pipes. Their design is similar to digging shovels. The main difference is the squared sides which help prevent soil from spreading into other areas from where you intend to dig the trench or irrigation line.

DRAIN SPADES

A drain spade has a much narrower shape than trench or digging shovels. It is used for digging precise holes in garden beds where other planting has already been established. You can also use a drain spade to clear out loose soil from an existing trench. This tool is much more precise than the previous two shovels.

TROWELS

A trowel is a handheld shovel used for smaller gardening projects. A trowel has a very short handle and shape and is perfect for potting projects or reseeding. This is one of the more common shovels homeowners have in their arsenal.

EDGERS

An edger is an offshoot of a shovel. It features a long handle but the blade is a half-moon shape used along the borders of sidewalks and pavement to create a clear edge or barrier from the pavement and the garden bed or soil.

You now know the necessary types of shovel to become an expert in gardening and landscaping for your home.

How to Paint Your Ceiling

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One of the easiest ways to spruce up a room in your home or update its style is to put on a new fresh coat of paint. You can use a bold color of paint or perhaps something more soothing or serene? The choice is up to you. You are probably familiar with how to paint the walls of the room. But do you know how to paint your ceiling?

If you paint your ceiling it will make a room feel warmer, bigger or cozier depending on the color of paint you choose. You want to determine your paint color by the function of the room.

Preparing to Paint Your Ceiling

To properly paint a ceiling, you need to prepare well first. You need to prepare the room first. This means you need to remove all of the furniture in the room. This includes couches, dining room tables and chairs, beds, etc. You also need to remove electronics and lamps and such. You don’t want anything directly below the ceiling.

You should also remove area rugs and rug runners and then lay a large cloth sheet or sheet of plastic across your hardwood floor or wall-to-wall carpet. You don’t want paint to drip on your carpet.

Place plastic over ceiling fans and lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling.

You will also need a ladder for this job. You need to be careful using a ladder. Always practice ladder safety. Never climb higher than the second to last rung and always keep at least one hand on the ladder for balance.

You then need to purchase your paint. You should purchase ceiling paint. Ceiling paint is formulated to spatter less and has a flat finish that helps to hide imperfections. Be sure to purchase paint and primer in one can for less preparation and less necessary coats of paint. Each gallon should paint about 400 square feet.

Painting Your Ceiling

If the ceiling is extremely high, we recommend that you hire a professional painter in Texas. You can search “painter near me” to find services online or ask neighbors, friends and family members for recommendations.

You should paint your ceiling before you paint your walls.

Now cut in along the walls with a small handheld brush and a small “cut bucket”. You don’t want to get up and down from the ladder several times. Do not put too much paint on the brush each time to avoid dripping.

Paint in long strokes and always brush back into the wet paint to smooth and flatten it.

Do you want a flat coat of paint or something with texture? You can purchase different types of rollers based on the surface you want for the ceiling.

You can attach the roller to an extension pole to be able to reach further and move the ladder around less. This will save time.

Start in a corner of the room and paint in small overlapping rows. Paint back and forth. Roll slow so the paint does not spatter.

Continue the process across the entire ceiling. After the paint dries, inspect it to see if it needs a second coat of paint or not. If it does, repeat the process again.

For vaulted ceilings, start in the highest areas of the ceiling and paint downward.

Before you know it, your ceiling will have a beautiful, fresh coat of paint.

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