Painting in Monotones

One of the joys of my life has been painting the places in which I live. When moving into my present home more than 30 years ago it was painted a horrible yellow colour on the walls and white on the ceiling. There was no quality in it and it was screaming out for a redo. It took a while to settle in and get established before considering the work. Finally it happened that looking at the state of the walls took me off to the shop to buy paint.

The samples were beautiful but blue is my colour. Looking for one that would do the best job a pale blue, called holiday sky caught my eye. In my usual way I bought it and the necessary accessories, including drop sheets, rollers and tray, and so on.

Then I made a momentous decision which goes against all the normal rules. I decided to paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls. This eliminated the need to choose a second colour and to have the added difficulty of painting one against another, which is a bit tricky where the two meet.

This turned out to be a great decision and the entire house was painted blue throughout. It is peaceful, easy to live with, and the good quality of the paint allows it to stand untouched for many years. It has since been painted once more but it looks as fresh as it did when first done.

The woodwork which involves doors and window sills, along with the pantry are all white satin and the kitchen, recently renovated, now has the cupboards has a fa├žade to fill in the gap between the tops and the ceiling. This has eliminated the need to clean the tops of the cupboard and to prevent spider webs in the corners.

The first impression people get when they enter the house is one of peace. The colour is very inviting and highly recommended for do it yourself people who want to have a go.

My motto with anything of this nature is keep it simple. Walls that flash colours around leave no room for other decorations and my paintings have to go somewhere. They stand out against the pale colour behind them and with so many now hanging the place looks more like an art gallery. The bottom line is its my home and reflects my personality.

Essentials for Construction Site Safety

No matter the type of construction your company is involved in, there can be many potential hazards on the jobsite that can result in injury, and in extreme cases, even death. In addition, any safety mishaps on the jobsite can cause downtime, additional expenses and even cause your company to miss important deadlines. So, it’s critical to give your workers some basic guidelines to follow at all times when they are on the jobsite. Here are some essential safety tips to keep you and your workers safe on the jobsite.

Visibility can be a critical issue on job sites. Make sure you give your workers the proper accessories needed to make sure they are easily visible to any crane or machinery operators and also to other workers in the area. Ear and eye protection is also important, such as hearing protection headsets and safety glasses. Vests are a common site on construction sites nowadays, and they should include bright colors.

Many times, structures involved in building are not secured properly until late in the process. Be sure to anchor any temporary or unsecured structures while the building process is still taking place. Workers should also be equipped at all times with proper safety gear such as hard hats and fall protection equipment and accessories.

Often on a construction site, there may be temporary heat, water, gas or electricity lines open to the job site. It’s critical that all workers know where these areas are and how to move around them. Live electrical wires should never be left exposed.

Machinery and tractors are often used on job sites, it’s important to check the maintenance on these machines before every use, but especially their safety measures, such as lighting and sound warnings. Your workers should always be reminded to be on the lookout for moving machinery that is in use.

Many times, temporary workers may be on the job site, such as workers installing a device or decoration that may only take a few hours or a day. It’s critical to let these workers know the basics of safety on the jobsite before they are let into it.

Slipping and falling is a common problem on job sites. Workers can fall off of ladders, scaffolding or uneven surfaces. They might also trip on the many machines and cords that can run through a job site. Make sure proper warnings are posted around the site to watch their step, and make sure all workers have proper foot wear for the particular environment that they are working in.

No matter how careful you and your workers are, accidents can still happen on a job site. Equipment can fail without warning, or the weather, such as wind, rain or even a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood may cause an accident on the site. This is why it is critical to have an emergency plan for when something happens.