The History and Science of House Painting

The purpose of house painting and decorating is to make a house, home or building look better or to protect it from damage by severe or ongoing weather, wind, sunshine, water, rust, corrosion, termites and other insects and/or mold. It feels good to have a good looking house, and it increases its value.

History of House Painting

Not much is known about house painting in the United Kingdom before the late 1200’s, when guilds began coming into existence. Two prominent guilds in particular were the Painters Company and the Stainers Company, which eventually merged with the permission of the Lord Mayor of the City of London in the early 16th century, forming the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.

Tools of the Trade

In our modern era in which we live, paint composition consists mostly of latex formulations used for both exterior and interior use, greatly minimizing painting cleanup, as well as the strong and unhealthy smells normally associated with petroleum and polyester based paints.

Another common, modern house painting invention is the computerized paint scanner that precisely calculates how to get new paint color to match faded paint color on old walls, or to match fabric colors, flowers and other patterns. Paint in our day and age can also be made to smell nice and resist fading, chipping and bacterial growth. Paint can also be made to lay very flat on a surface, resulting in a very smooth look.

When and why should primer be applied? Why not just put paint on and get it over with? Wooden surfaces generally don’t take paint too well, resulting in flaking, due to excessive thickness of the paint. Primer is thinner and so soaks into wood much better, and since it allows the paint to adhere better, it saves you money in allowing for fewer layers of paint and primer to have to be applied.

Many professional house painters offer free consulting services, and additionally save you money by adding 5 to 20-year guarantees of adhesion and water resistance. Professionals are also very good at their use of time when applying tape, sanding surfaces, etc., before the house painting is started.

Another modern house painting tool is the foam brush, which is commonly used for precision work and smoother coats of paint that use less paint and less time to dry. And foam used on a roller can create beautiful patterns in the painted surface. Finally, the spray gun allows for the painting of extremely large surface areas in short amounts of time.

How to Clean and Store Brushes

An older style bristle brush is best to store in a box hanging from a wire within, allowing it to soak in a cleaning solution without being disfigured by having its bristles spread apart.

Paint Surface Preparation

Modern paint-tape prevents damaging the taped surface, having less than half of the adhesive power of masking tape, and thus being able to remain on a surface for up to 30-days without creating damage.

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Career Branding Strategies to Beat a Recession

Self Branding or career branding is an often over-looked important party of the job search. The biggest mistake that people make is to assume that their past accomplishments and career experiences will speak for themselves.

Often, job seekers can fail to take a proactive approach to creating and marketing their reputations. Branding is setting yourself apart from other job seekers. If an employer sees "productive," or "self-motivated" basically stamped on your forehead he / she is going to stop and take notice. The blame lies entirely on you if you choose not to be active in asserting your reputation.

It is so important to market and manage your reputation in this manner. Start by determining what your strengths and assets are. What have other employers complemented you on? Are you dependable? Do you show good leadership? Or maybe you have good analytical qualities?

Whatever your best feature is, you need to identify it, and then go about highlighting it to potential employers. There are many different ways to market your brand. Begin including your brand in emails and letters. When you describe to people your job functions, include your brand. This can be done effectively and tastefully in a manner such as, "I work for company X to create new software; my work is completed on time and on budget."

Another example from a manager's standpoint could be, "I lead others to follow my example and work efficiently without sacrificing quality or integrity." The first example provided highlights the candidate's respect for deadlines and good money sense. The second showcases the employee's leadership qualities and values. Once you establish your brand you can use it in many situations to remind your potential employer what it is that you bring to the table.

The bottom line is that if you do not brand yourself, others will. Nobody wants to see bad qualities like these present in a potential employee. You might have accidently given a bad first impression without even knowing it, and words like these might cling to your name.

Much of this could have been avoided had you mentioned in early email correspondence that you have responsibly performed your duties with other employers and that you possess such and such qualities. Obviously if you claim punctuality as a selling point, then are late to an initial interview, your actions discredit your claims. Generally, however, you can shape the opinion that others will take towards you, by effectively marketing your brand.
You can be active and establish and market a reputation which showcases qualities such as:

Dependable, Leadership skills, Motivated, Supportive of co-workers, Hard-working

These are all great characteristics with which you should aim to be associated. An employer will brush aside others in an effort to take a better look at you if you present yourself as possessing any of these qualities. It's critical in the job market to set yourself up above the rest of the crowd. Career branding is a great way to do just that. …

Direct Lenders For Payday Loans

Payday loans are typically for small amounts of money, typically a few hundreds, to tide over some sudden crisis toill their next pay check. The price of such loans is quite high running into one thousand percentage points or more of interest annually.

Neverheless, these loans are very popular. You will find customers taking five to six such loans every year. People take these loans for many reasons. Like mentioned earlier, to tide over some sudden financial crisis, like an unexpected hospitalization bill, or college fees. These loans are also used to pay late fee charges on credit card bills or overdraft charges on their bank accounts. They are popular because the money is directed to your bank account almost the instant you apply for one. Previous credit history is not an issue, even if it is bad.

Paying back a payday loan

The loan does not have to be repaid in cash on the due date. You only have to ensure that there is sufficient amount in your bank account to cover the loan amount and the interest, which the lender will automatically withdraw from your account on the date of repayment.

Normally the money you were lent plus the interest amount should be paid within the month.

Some lenders allow you to choose the repayment schedule

Some lenders offer a continuous repayment option, wherey you give them the authority to make repeated attempts to take part or the full amount due from your bank account after the pay by date.

When does taking a payday loan make sense?

A payday loan makes sense if and only if you can repay it on the agreed date of repayment. They work out very expensive once they cross the date of payment. Lenders may offer to rollover the loan till the next month and more, but this is just a sales ploy and an attempt to get you to pay more than is necessary. A good creditor would freeze charges and interest to not more than two months from the date of last payment. And you would best stick to that.

How to choose a payday lender

· Check out different lenders for the best interest rate.

· Do not go for lenders who offer deferrals

· Do not take multiple loans at a time. Do not take one to repay another.

· Check if the lender is registered with a trade body because trade bodies have charters which hold their members to stringent rules. One of the points of these charters is that they will deal with cases of financial difficulty with sympathy and positively

· You should consider the terms and conditions of the loan. Usually payday loans have to be repaid between a time period of 15 days to 90 days. So choose that payday loan company, whose loan repayment period is comfortable to you. So it is best option to compare the terms and conditions of different pay day loan companies and choose the one whose terms …