Hiring Student Painters

Hiring Student Painters

I came across this ad for Student Works (like College Pro) which is a company that uses students to paint. After reading it, I wanted to post something in regards to hiring students to paint your home. A lot of our clients understand that hiring students is not going to get you a professional result or application. This may not be a concern to some people whose only concern is price; however once you consider the costs between a student company and a local professional company, there really are no comparisons at all. Painting is a trade that takes three years under Alberta Trade, to obtain a journeyman certificate, the same as a welder, electrician or plumber. Student painting companies are franchises which come with franchise fees and there is normally levels of people that your money must compensate, this leaves the people actually doing the work making as little as $10 (such as the ad below). WallNuts painters, as with other local professional painting companies, do not require franchise fees or compensation at levels through the franchise, which leaves us more flexibility to spend your money where it counts by using experienced professional painters that start at $20 an hour, the industry standard and quality coatings and materials. Another consideration for professional local companies is knowledge. We see this as a common problem with correcting student painting problems, mainly on exteriors and in older homes due to previous coating issues and unskilled preparation. An inexperienced $10 an hour student is not going to have the knowledge about a potential problem or a solution. And because their hourly rate is based on piece work, the faster they can get your job...
Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Sheen type is important when picking colours for your home. From matte, egg shell, pearl, satin to semi gloss and even gloss all have an effect of the richness of colour and the effect in a living space. Take a look at the different sheens and what is best for your application.

How to get rid of grey wood

How to get rid of grey wood

In this DIY article I am going to discuss how to remove grey wood which is found on exterior wood surfaces such as fences, deck, trim and even picnic tables when they haven’t been stained for some time. I am going use pictures from a fence we painted in 2010 as an example. First before you begin you are going to need some items that can be picked up at Rona, Home Depot, Canadian Tire or Lowes. 1) A plastic gardeners sprayer. These run about $25 and are a manual hand pumped sprayer. They are very light and made of plastic. You will use this to apply wood brighter. 2) Wood brighter. Canadian Tire has 4 litre jugs for about $15 and is found in the paint department 3) Plastic or drop sheets to protect trees, shrubs and other items while you are brightening. 4) Plastic or latex gloves. Brighter is a chemical so always protect yourself. 5) A pressue washer (with low to medium pressure) or a hose that has Jet setting. Ok, now we can get started. First if your fence is really diry from grass, mud or spider webs, give it a quick wash with the house or pressure washer on low and let it dry. Next, protect areas and yourself from the chemical and following the directions for mixing water and concentration (if required), mix the brighter and fill the garden sprayer up to the Max line. Once this is done, following the instructions on the type of garden sprayer you have purchased, pump the handle until the required pressure has been obtained. Usually about 20 pumps. Now...
Shaw Cable SMTP not working

Shaw Cable SMTP not working

Shaw cable. They are one of our ISP’s that provide cable internet access. I have used them for about 10 years and they are pretty good, BUT they seem to have a problem with updating customers and letting them know when changes have been made to their system, which is the case I was faced with yesterday when I could not send any private domain mail from my desktop mail client, being Office Outlook. I also tried using Mozilla Thunderbird with the same issue. An error was returning that an internal server error had occurred. Now, for this error, when I write private domains, they are domains I own that I have set up a pop email account for. This did not however affect my shaw email account. So to clarify. me@paintcalgary.com was not sending, where me@shaw.ca was. So I suspected initially, Ensim on my server was misbehaving. First thing I did was restart the bind and ensim services on the server, which didn’t correct the problem, then I tried updating the server software, still, no fix. Finally, I tried setting SMTP to a different port because Shaw uses port 110 for receiving mail, blocking port 25. So what I did is add port 26 to my SMTP configeration on the server, and change my SMTP settings in Outlook to the same port and ran a test email. It worked! Therefore, effective March 16, 2011, Shaw Cable is no longer allowing SMTP connections for private domains on port 25. Unless you are a system admin, familar with adding ports for SMTP, open a support ticket with your host and explain that your ISP...

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