Every new home should be a haven of comfort and relaxation. A home should offer all the space you need to do the things your love, from being with family to work or even simply lounging on the patio with nothing to do. However, if your home is not in good condition, a little remodeling or paint job will do some good.
If you’re planning a paint job, it helps to protect your appliances and electrical goods to prevent them from breaking or getting stained. This article offers tips and tricks on the best ways to prep and protect your valuables and other potentially hazardous goods like electronics so you can do an awesome job in your home.
Tape over outlets and switches.
Outlets and switches are the most important parts of electronic goods. For example, many professional house painters have found that the best way to keep these elements hidden away safely while they paint is by removing the covers and taping them over them. You can do this independently or seek help from professional house painters. Removing all the cover plates of your outlets does demand a lot of time and skill so it’s best to use professionals. A quick online search for “house painters in Phoenix” will do you some good if you live in the local area.
Tuck all sensitive wiring away in the box.
If you have a residential electrician, they will draw your attention to this or do it themselves before starting to paint. It’s necessary to tuck away all sensitive writing before painting because even the smallest pain on them can cause a ripple effect of damage. It might start with one splash, but it can lead to the destruction of your T.V, phone, or even computer.
Try disconnecting cables from their plates and masking all terminals. Your phone jack, for example, can be protected without disconnecting the tiny wires it co-exists with. You only need to unscrew the faceplate, covering it with masking or painter’s tape.
Bag all hanging light fixtures.
We all love to paint until we get to our ceilings and meet the light fixture. It can be a lot of work, maneuvering around the fixture and trying to cover as much surface as possible without causing a stir. We’ve found a way around that; remove and bag all lighting elements.
The first step will be to remove all the glass parts, like the light bulb, after they’ve been switched off. The next step is to loosen up the light fixture by taking off a couple of screws. Then, through the fixture, hook one end of the wire. The other end should be hooked to your junction box. If it’s a pendant or chandelier, you need to unscrew the ring nut held by the plate holding the lighting fixture, this should slide off with ease.
Seal appliances with plastic.
Painting is a very delicate process, and it’s only natural for some droplets to fall from the brush even when you’re doing a nice job. For optimal results and to prevent a mess or the creation of a new painting on your microwave and television, make use of some plastic and seal them off before you start painting. This process can be done with your furniture to save them from paint drips.
We all desire to have space in our homes and we love the freedom that comes with them. The great news is painting your rooms a lighter color is a great way to give the space an airy feeling. The thing about painting is that it tends to get in the way of many things and can even damage electronics. We do hope these tips helped to ensure your electrical goods are well protected during a renovation.