PAINTING OLD WOODWORK

If the old paint is blistered, and generally in bad condition, the best course is to remove it, and treat the woodwork as new. Burning off with a blowlamp is far the quickest method. The paint is removed with a stripping knife, pushed upwards whenever possible, as fast as the flame softens it sufficiently to … Read more

ABOUT PAINTS

THE ingredients of ordinary paints are white lead or zinc white; raw or boiled linseed oil, or both; turpentine; driers; and, in the case of coloured paints, pigment. The first is the base, or chief protective material; the oil enables the base to be distributed by the brush, and when it dries, that is, hardens … Read more

Putting a Battery out of Commission

If for any reason a battery is to lie idle for a prolonged period and recharging is not possible, it must be dealt with as follows: First, it is charged until the plates hava their normal colour; and then charged again after rests of an hour, until gassing begins as soon as charging begins. Second, … Read more

Mating the Loft Useful

The word loft usually suggests that rather useless portion of a house to which access is possible only by means of rickety steps and unstable ladders. In fact, the whole apartment is definitely associated with insecurity and trouble, for when one gets to the loft there is the possibility of putting ones foot through the … Read more