Deciding to paint the interior of a house is a very basic home improvement, yet it can be a  

perilous pit of tough choices, expensive mistakes, and strained necks. However with these few 

simple tips painting your home can be a breeze. 

1) Remove Faceplates & Fixtures 

Take off outlet face plates, unscrew light fixtures, etc. Tape over the outlets and switches. Bag 

the light fixtures. 

2) PPPPP (Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Painting) 
The key to getting a good finish is good preparation. 

Make sure that the area you are painting is clean and dry, without any loose flakes of old paint. 

Be sure to fill any cracks with proper filler and prime before painting. Sand and wash the surface 

and the finally brush. 

3) Protect Brushes 

Don't wash brushes in between painting and never leave them sitting in filler. Wrap them in a 

plastic ziploc bag. If the fit in the bag completely, thats great but If not just bunch the bag 

around the handle and put a cable tie around it. 

4) Keep a Rag 

Keep a damp rag in your pocket for odd drips of paint. Ensure you make it damp with the right 

solvent for the type of paint you are using. 

5) Keep Corners Wet 

Whenever possible, try to work into a wet edge. Don't cut in edges too far ahead before rolling. 

Painting over a dried area produces overlap stripes! 

6) Use/Learn The Right Stuff 

Ensure you use quality materials for the job, and also it is best to use professional grade brushes 

and roller cover for the job and type of paint you are using. Add in a knowledge of proper 

techniques, and you will get a good paint job. 

7) Get a Sash Brush 
Full size 

Get a good sash brush (brush with bristles cut at an angle) and practice edging without tape. (For 

me) it's faster and there's no chance of it bleeding past the tape edge. 

8) Base Coat After Taping 

For crisp lines when taping, paint one base coat when you have laid your tape. Then tape the top 


9) Power Roll 

Use a power roller. Rolling paint unpowered is tedious compared to using a power roller.Power 

rollers are not as expensive as you might think they are, and buying a roller will save you lots of 

time and strain on your back. 

10) Find a Friend 
Enlist the help of a friend. Pay him or her in beer.

Your home harbors a surprising number of sneaky allergy-causing culprits. Home allergy-fighting tips include: wash bedding in hot water, keep windows closed, keep room temperatures low. 

Here's where they're hiding, and how to send them packing. 

1. Clutter 

A messy home is an inviting environment for things like dust mites, bugs, mold, and mice. 

It is a good suggestion to recycle old newspapers, magazines, cans, and grocery bags each week and keep the bins outside if possible 

2. Carpet 

Dust mites love carpets and rugs, so ensure that you vacuum your home regularly. 

When you purchase your vacuum you should make sure that it has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap tiny particles. 

To get rid of the risks further, have completely bare floors that are easy to clean and mop. 

3. Bedding 

Get rid of bed bugs by washing your bedding in 130 degree heat each week. 

4. Bathroom 

Moist bathroom or basement walls love to breed mold, so try to keep them dry with sufficient ventilation. 

5. Crumbs 

Crumbs and overflowing garbage attract mice and cockroaches -- and their droppings can aggravate allergies. 

Keep your space clean. Also, try boric acid and traps for the pests. 

6. Open windows 

Refreshing breezes are great -- unless they blow pollen indoors. 

Keep windows shut between the high-pollen-count hours and keep the air-conditioner running if it is too hot inside and be sure to change the air-conditioning units filter every month. 

Removing shoes outside will avoid tracking in pollen particles. 

7. Basement 

Fight mold with a dehumidifier set between 35 and 45 percent humidity. 

Dehumidifiers come in several sizes, however before you buy, get a humidity gauge to decide how much de-moisturizing muscle you need. 

8. Houseplants 

Your potted plants can have sneeze-producing mold on their leaves, remove any moldy leaves as soon as you see them, and don't let water stay in the pots tray. 

9. Pets 

Pet dander and saliva can cause big allergy problems to people, was and brush your pet on a weekly basis to lower the risk. Keep cats and dogs out of your bedroom. 

10. Fabric furnishings 

Dust weekly, wash blankets and throws weekly in hot water or have them dry cleaned and pick up pet fur with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. 

Suffering from allergies can make life very unpleasant at times, however if you follow these steps you may be able to alleviate allergies in your home.

Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your environment so that energy or 'chi' flows gently and smoothly through your home. The practice is very useful when you are trying to create a comfortable productive home office area. Here are a few tips to achieve the perfect feng shui environment for working in. 

Choose the best Room 

It's thought that energy flows in the door and flows upward first. Therefore the ideal space to create your office ought to be relatively near to the front of the home, on an equal or higher floor. It is suggested to try to keep your office away from dark closets and cellars. 

See Who Enters your Office 

Make sure to put your desk inside a command position, meaning not directly infront of the door, but facing it, and never facing a wall or window. The farthest corner facing thsee observe everything within the room. Though if you are residing in tight quarters, that may not be possible. If you need to place your desk against the wall, it is a good idea to place a big mirror in front of you. This does a couple of things - it allows you to see behind you and it makes like you can move forward without feeling like you are stuck. Positioning yourself so that you are able to see everybody who enters the office also allowsa you to be prepared for whatever business may come your way. 

Determine Your Element 

There are five elements in the practice of Feng Shui: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. It's vital that you know how they work toward creating and balancing an positive Chi, or energy, flow. You need to incorporate all five to your office in certain form, and and it is a good idea to enhance those that best represent your personality and your industry to be able to make your ideal work atmosphere. An easy test that will help you pick which element suits you best would be to consider your preferred vacation place. Would you like the beach, the mountain tops, or perhaps a place with a more tropical climate? 

Need Inspiration? Add Wood. 

Wood encourages creativeness and represents loyalty. Any object, just like your desk, the ground, sections of wall, or any other wooden knick knacks, will satisfy this requirement. The colours green and brown best represent this element.

Need an Increase in Productivity? Add Fire. 

Fire is proven to be probably the most powerful of all the elements. It's aggressive and said to represent passion and excitement. This element embodies energy and should be used to boost action and productivity in your office. 

Need Balance and Stability? Add Earth. 

This element produces a strong ground for building and strengthening relationships-great for companies searching to grow and maintain and grow customer base. 

Want to Rake in the Dough? Add Metal. 

Here's your moneymaker! Metal signifies harvest and financial success. Before you create a workplace made from steel, understand that an overindulgence associated with any of the elements will knock-off your office's Chi and make disharmony. 

Need Assistance Communicating? Add Water. 

Water is the component of communication and opportunities-required for every office! This element is free-flowing and encourages networking, traveling, and knowledge (or learning). 

Finally... Energy can't flow freely if it keeps stumbling over those stacks of paper and the random junk inside your office. So, clear it! Feng Shui is all about balance and organization.

Open to all Year 10 students in the Cayman Islands, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman has announced the return of the Adventures in Citizenship essay contest. 
Finalists from each school will be invited to participate in a government day that includes a tour of the Legislative Assembly Building in George Town and lunch with Governor Duncan Taylor. 
Pauline Beckford, principal of Clifton Hunter High School, said she is happy to be involved in the venture. She said, "I'm delighted for my students to be involved and I recognize the importance of young Caymanians working with community partners like the Rotary Club to improve their literacy." 
The essay contest is being sponsored by CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. Marcia Harrison, associate director of retail banking and operations for CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, said that these types of literary programmes are critical to supporting the community and building leadership through youth.

Jessica Mc Taggart, the Caymanian star, was rated as the best rider by Norwegian judge Kjell Myhre at the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation's first dressage show of 2013. 
"Jessica is the star here, she is a very competent rider with a lot of experience," Myhre said. "This is the first time I'm seeing her ride and it's an inspiration for others to have such a refined rider. Members of the Cayman Riding School did well too, using different horses." he concluded. 
McTaggart, who turns 28 in April, emerged one of the meet's big winners, claiming the Adult Prix St. George category on her horse called Ray on Light at 66.579 per cent and topping the Adult Elementary class on Partenon at 65.270 per cent. 
Phoebe Serpell won the Children's Elementary segment on Me and My Shadow at 56.351 per cent. Thea Millward, on Iggy Pop, claimed the Children's Preliminary category at 63.103 per cent. Petra Pinkerton nabbed the Children's C Test crown on Durango at 54 per cent. 
Myhre was only in Cayman for a week, but while he was here, he staged dressage clinics.