How To Properly Dispose Of Paint
We are no different, everybody loves the look of a freshly painted house. However, a common question that is asked when someone is renting a dumpster is, “May I put my wet paint, or paint cans in the bin as well?”
The answer to that question is yes and no. If the paint is 100% dry it can be put directly into the dumpster. Wet paint has to be dried out and if you do not love watching paint dry, we have some tips to help speed up the process. Our tips are fairly easy and there is couple of ways of doing it.
Recommended Disposal Method
The most common way is to simply mix the wet paint with cement and let it dry (this tip is for disposing of 1 gallon of paint, recipe can me adjusted to handle as much as needed). To do this you will need a plastic 5 gal. bucket with a lid, bagged cement, and a sturdy stir stick. Start by pouring the wet paint into the plastic bucket, then add the dry cement mix to the bucket. Use the sturdy stick to thoroughly mix the paint and cement mixture to a thick milkshake texture. Once you have made finished mixing set the bucket of cement paint and the empty paint can out to dry. It is that simple! Prior to loading it into one of our bins that a lid be placed on it to make sure none of the color full mix spills in the dumpster.
Sand, kitty litter, or sawdust can be used in lie of cement.
The only downfall to using those materials is that it will take much longer to cure!
Most Cost Effective Way & Easiest To Dispose Of Paint
Another way is to simply let it cure. This will be difficult to do if it is left in the can, but you can spread it out on a cardboard box (everyone has a million boxes thanks to Amazon), plywood, or even a section of old carpet, increasing the surface area of the paint will make it dry faster. So, whip out the can opener and paint brushes to spend a few minutes painting the items you are disposing of anyway.
Most Environmentally Friendly Disposal
Recycling it is he best and most environmentally friendly. The down fall is it can get a little pricey and may be hard to find locations that will accept wet paint. You can call your local transfer station, county landfill, or sanitation department to see if they offer paint recycling or disposal.
If you are feeling philanthropic there are some charities that will accept paint for their use, some of these organizations would be Boy Scouts; they tend to run on a limited budget therefore most troops may take your paint. Some other options would be Habitat for Humanity, which takes in reusable construction and painting materials to build houses for those in need and Global Paint for Charity (located here in Atlanta), this program takes in leftover paint for volunteers to use on houses of the elderly, veterans, and widows so that they may keep their properties looking nice without out having to pay painter fees; they also ship the paint over seas and to cities in United States.
Proper paint disposal prevents the hazardous chemicals from leaching into our waterways, drinking source, food sources, and out of our only habitat!
If you have any questions or want to learn more call Bin There Dump That Dumpster Rentals of Atlanta at
404-692-2838, bye email. Atl@BinThereDumpThat.com, or online www.AtlantaDumpsterRentals.net.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) provides homeowners with helpful ways to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous contractors and provides tips on how to find a qualified, professional remodeler or contractor.
Be wary of anyone knocking on your door. Not everyone who reaches out to you as a contractor wants to help. Natural disasters caused by weather including flooding, heavy wind and storm damage, create an environment where scam artists prey on storm victims who seek quick remedy to damaged property.
The best way to find qualified, professional help is through word-of-mouth referrals. Local remodelers or contractors are an excellent way to find a professional. Common sources for qualified remodeler or contractors include:
NARI provides the following tips to inform the selection process and help homeowners make an informed decision that best suits their needs.
Local remodelers are compelled to perform quality work that satisfies their customers in order for their business to survive. Local firms can be checked through references including past customers in your community or through your local NARI chapter.
Follow Local Building Codes
Another advantage to hiring a local professional is that they will know the local building code and permit requirements for your town or city. Building codes vary considerably from each jurisdiction and are known to change from year to year. Most structural work or footprint expansions require permits.
Check for License and Insurance
Many states, but not all, require contractors to be licensed, bonded and/or insured. Contact your state or local licensing agencies to ensure the contractor meets all requirements. Most states require a contractor to carry worker's compensation, property damage, and personal liability insurance. Ask for a copy of their license and insurance certificate to make sure that it is current.
Check for Violations and Complaints
Check with your Consumer Affairs Office and the Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no complaints on record for the contractor. Check to make sure they are a NARI member.
Compare Apples with Apples
If you solicit estimates from more than one remodeling contractor, be sure they are working off the same scope and quality of work. Discuss variations in prices, and beware of any estimate that is substantially lower than the others.
A good remodeling professional educates clients on green remodeling, universal design, lead safety, new products, building techniques and trends. Make sure you’re hiring someone who has knowledge and expertise relevant to the remodeling industry.
Always Check References
Don’t rely on a contractor’s personality or demeanor. If a professional does not offer references, ask for them and follow up with a site visit or phone call.
For additional information on selecting a remodeler, including what questions to ask, visit www.NARI.org/consumers and visit the Remodeling Process and Homeowner Resources section of the site.
About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the premier association of remodeling professionals and industry experts dedicated to advancing the professionalism of the remodeling industry and educating the public on the benefits of using a qualified professional. NARI has 6,000 member contractors, suppliers and service providers and 47 chapters across the U.S. NARI members adhere to a Code of Ethics and together as an industry promote “Remodeling Done Right™. Learn more about NARI and how to find a qualified professional remodeler at NARI.org.
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Spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner and this is the time of year when many homeowners get the itch to work on their lawns, renovate that old bathroom or add a new deck. Sprucing up the exterior with a new paint job, adding a new front door, cleaning out your gutters and downspouts from the new burst of leaves and pollen, replacing that old roof are just a sampling of improvements that support or add value to your home.
Outdoor projects are very popular in the Atlanta Metro area and May is a great time to add that outdoor kitchen, new patio, deck, covered porch, or pool. Whatever project you choose to do, if you are not a DIYer, it is important to have a qualified, insured and licensed professional performing the work. Your home is your single largest investment and maintaining systems, interior and exterior finishes, fixtures and landscaping is key to maximizing value when you decide to sell your home. Choosing a NARI professional who follows a Code of Ethics and business Standards of Practice ensures that you have a qualified, experienced, business professional who can perform your project. Visit us at www.nariatlanta.org for more info.
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