Posts by Doug Ashy

What Type of Paint is Best for Exteriors?

types of paint for exteriors

Read Time: 4 minutes TL;DR For a successful DIY exterior paint job, it’s important to have the right materials on hand and the correct type of paint for the job. Water-based paints are more durable in varying weather conditions, while oil-based paints are stain-resistant, easy to apply and less prone to blistering. Sheen finishes are…

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What is My Wall Made Of?

What's my wall made of

Read time: 3.5 minutes TL;DR Knowing the structure of your walls and what’s inside them can make tasks like hanging a picture or installing new closet shelves easier. Vertical wall studs are generally 16 to 24 inches apart, while horizontal beams run along the floor, in the middle of the wall and at the ceiling…

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What’s That Cut? Your Guide to Saws

what's the cut

Read time: 4 minutes TL;DR Saws are essential to almost every home DIY project, yet the type of saw you need depends on the project and materials you’re working with. Hand saws, including miter box and bevel saws, are great for small pieces of wood, trim, molding and other small projects. More advanced hand saws…

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How to Remove Carpet

removing carpet

Read time: 5 minutes TL;DR New carpet can breathe life into any room, but like many home improvement projects, it can be costly. If you’re handy, you can save money by tearing out your old carpeting on your own. Gather a utility knife, duct tape, pliers, knee pads and a pry bar. Remove furniture and…

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The Twelve Days of Safety

12 days of safety graphic from Doug Ashy

The holidays are nearly here—which means non-stop decorating, dining and dashing through the snow (or in our case, leaves)! But with all the hustle and bustle, safety may not be your top priority. From holiday decorating mishaps to home damage and more, stay safe this holiday season by following our safety tips so you can…

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How to Cut and Drill Through Tile

How to Cut and Drill Through Tile

Read Time: 3.5 minutes TL;DR A few general guidelines can put you on the path to both cutting small tiles for installation and drilling through tile with expertise. For drilling small holes, regular drill bits will not be able to pass through the hardened glaze of most tiles. You’ll need a carbide-tipped masonry bit or…

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How to Use a Paint Sprayer

Paint Sprayer

Read time: 3.5 minutes TL;DR Not every job is suitable for a paint sprayer, plus it takes a little practice to achieve an even finish. Paint sprayers are suitable for large spaces such as big interior walls or rooms, exterior siding and fences. Spray painting produces a mist, so you have to be sure that…

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Semi-Annual DeWALT 17%-Off Sale

Don’t miss our Semi-Annual 17%-Off Sale going on now through November 30th, 2018! Take 17% off all DeWALT, Porter-Cable, Stanley and Bostitch power tools, hand tools, pneumatics and accessories — while supplies last. Visit any Doug Ashy store location for more details or to take advantage of these unbelievable prices and deals.      …

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Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2019

Best Bathroom Design Trends 2019

Read time: 3 minutes TL;DR For many homeowners, the master bathroom has become an in-house spa retreat and a place to relax. Natural materials like stone, granite and wood are being utilized more and more in new bathroom construction. Although white walls and neutral colors have been the standard throughout the past few years, richer…

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Everything You Need To Know About Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet Hardware

Read time: 4 minutes TL;DR When choosing new cabinet hardware, consider both the colors of your kitchen walls as well as existing cabinetry to find the perfect finish. Strive for quality hardware as it can bring a high-end look to a less-than-perfect cabinet door or drawer. Coordinate warmer toned cabinetry with bronze, black or even…

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