DECKS, HOMES, WALKS AND DRIVEWAYS

About Me


Scott Martin Hello , I worked for Dowlen Construction painting for over 25 years and as a trim carpenter for around 5 years. I studied mechanical engineering and business at Chattanooga State. I enjoy photography, hiking and camping with my wife and wood working. I am married and we live in the city of Red Bank even though our mailing address is Hixson. I have attended Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga since 2004 with my wife. We were married there in 2006.

Artillery Fungus

March 4, 2016
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The longer you wait the harder it will be to remove them.

This fungus is all over the Chattanooga area and most everywhere in the USA and every home owner needs to know about it.

It looks like black spots of tar. I have seen it on vinyl siding, Masonite siding and even on my pickup truck.
Artillery fungus is a wood decay fungus that comes from bark chips around house and landscaping. 
Penn State's Plant Pathology department has tested 27 different kinds of mulch. It found that given enough time all of these damp mulches began supporting this horrible spore shooting mushroom fungus.
 It extremely hard to remove and should be done quickly. Pressure washing does little to remove it. Bleach alone will not kill it.
For a lit of questions about this evil fungus and some possible ways to remove it go this Penn State page.

Until next time this is the Chattanooga Painter.
 

Your home is constantly exposed to the elements

March 4, 2016

Your home is constantly exposed to the elements.
For most people painting the exterior or for that matter even the interior of their home can be an overwhelming task.
What do I need to do first? How do I do it? Should I go green? How long will this take me? What will it look like when I finish? Should I just get someone to do it?
We hope the last question you said yes I do need someone to do this for me and I hope that you call on us.
We make sure that the prep work and painting are done proper...


Continue reading...
 

Low VOC Waterborne Alkyd Paints

February 25, 2016

When it comes to painting the inside of your home you should want a low or Zero VOC paint. It is much healthier for you and the person doing the painting.

There are now many more to chose from by most if not all brands. I am sure this trend will only be growing.

Benjamin Moore has a great new waterborne Alkyd for trim and cabinets. It is not cheap but neither is oil base paint and it is not low VOC and smells to the high heaven unlike the waterborne Alkyds that have low odor and are Low VOC.
 It...


Continue reading...
 

What causes paint failure?

February 5, 2011
I was doing internet searches on a rainy day and found this PDF on paint failure by the US Forest Service. It applies to wood siding but 
 a lot of it applies to any siding. 
I have found that moisture in the main cause of paint failure!

Continue reading...
 

What do I do with the old left over paint?

February 5, 2011
You have several options. I found this PDF while doing a web search. It is very informative and I urge you to look at it. Please do not put the old paint in the trash!  For further information on proper paint disposal.
Continue reading...
 

Breaking news!

August 23, 2010
Well we are now a Wolman Certified contractor. Well it is not a big deal to most people but I did have to print out a large manual and take a test to get certified. Now we must primarily use Wolman products while doing decks. We are doing sample decks in neighborhoods around town. This is limited to only one deck per neighborhood so be fast to get the special discounted price. We also are limiting this to 4 or 5 decks. 
We will clean unstained decks or strip the old stain and re-stain the deck...
Continue reading...
 

Trust must be earned

February 16, 2010
I want to address trust in this post. I think it is very important that you trust whoever is working around your home. Not just to do a good job but will they show up when they say they will. Will they tell you the truth even if it should mean they will not get the job. Will they be honest about everything

.

We try our best to give a truthful answer to your questions. If we do not know something we will say so and try to find the answer for you.

We have worked in many homes where the owner ...


Continue reading...
 

Drop cloths

January 28, 2010
Today I was reading where a painter was saying he rarely ever use a drop cloth when rolling ceilings. That is just crazy! We always use drop cloths to cover the floor and plastic to cover furniture and other items while painting walls and ceilings. We cover sidewalks, porches and driveways. We cover bushes and plants if needed.
I would never say I was so good I did not need a drop cloth. So beware of painters without drop cloths! No one is perfect. 
Continue reading...
 

A yahoo user asks, I am painting room.

January 28, 2010
I am painting my room. Does red & bubblegum/hot pink go together?

I wanted to paint 3 of my bedroom walls pink & then the main wall red but im not sure if this will go? also i thought of 3 pink walls and one black wall but im scared the black wall will make my room look very dark. help please!



I said.
 " I have been a painter for 25 years and I would never paint a wall black. As far as red and pink that just makes me a little sick but it is you room and you can always repaint. Go to a paint s...


Continue reading...
 

A tip about so called screened contractors.

January 22, 2010
When looking for home improvements contractor , watch out for companies who states they pre-screen contractors for you. All these companies do, is to get your referral to as many contractors they can that pay them for the service. They sell leads to the contractors who are listed with them and collect huge fees, $25-$30 a lead even if they do not get the job. This can add hundreds of dollars to the final cost. Just think about it this way. Someone has to pay in the end and it's going to be y...
Continue reading...
 

Artillery Fungus

March 4, 2016
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The longer you wait the harder it will be to remove them.

This fungus is all over the Chattanooga area and most everywhere in the USA and every home owner needs to know about it.

It looks like black spots of tar. I have seen it on vinyl siding, Masonite siding and even on my pickup truck.
Artillery fungus is a wood decay fungus that comes from bark chips around house and landscaping. 
Penn State's Plant Pathology department has tested 27 different kinds of mulch. It found that given enough time all of these damp mulches began supporting this horrible spore shooting mushroom fungus.
 It extremely hard to remove and should be done quickly. Pressure washing does little to remove it. Bleach alone will not kill it.
For a lit of questions about this evil fungus and some possible ways to remove it go this Penn State page.

Until next time this is the Chattanooga Painter.
 

Your home is constantly exposed to the elements

March 4, 2016

Your home is constantly exposed to the elements.
For most people painting the exterior or for that matter even the interior of their home can be an overwhelming task.
What do I need to do first? How do I do it? Should I go green? How long will this take me? What will it look like when I finish? Should I just get someone to do it?
We hope the last question you said yes I do need someone to do this for me and I hope that you call on us.
We make sure that the prep work and painting are done proper...


Continue reading...
 

Low VOC Waterborne Alkyd Paints

February 25, 2016

When it comes to painting the inside of your home you should want a low or Zero VOC paint. It is much healthier for you and the person doing the painting.

There are now many more to chose from by most if not all brands. I am sure this trend will only be growing.

Benjamin Moore has a great new waterborne Alkyd for trim and cabinets. It is not cheap but neither is oil base paint and it is not low VOC and smells to the high heaven unlike the waterborne Alkyds that have low odor and are Low VOC.
 It...


Continue reading...
 

What causes paint failure?

February 5, 2011
I was doing internet searches on a rainy day and found this PDF on paint failure by the US Forest Service. It applies to wood siding but 
 a lot of it applies to any siding. 
I have found that moisture in the main cause of paint failure!

Continue reading...
 

What do I do with the old left over paint?

February 5, 2011
You have several options. I found this PDF while doing a web search. It is very informative and I urge you to look at it. Please do not put the old paint in the trash!  For further information on proper paint disposal.
Continue reading...
 

Breaking news!

August 23, 2010
Well we are now a Wolman Certified contractor. Well it is not a big deal to most people but I did have to print out a large manual and take a test to get certified. Now we must primarily use Wolman products while doing decks. We are doing sample decks in neighborhoods around town. This is limited to only one deck per neighborhood so be fast to get the special discounted price. We also are limiting this to 4 or 5 decks. 
We will clean unstained decks or strip the old stain and re-stain the deck...
Continue reading...
 

Trust must be earned

February 16, 2010
I want to address trust in this post. I think it is very important that you trust whoever is working around your home. Not just to do a good job but will they show up when they say they will. Will they tell you the truth even if it should mean they will not get the job. Will they be honest about everything

.

We try our best to give a truthful answer to your questions. If we do not know something we will say so and try to find the answer for you.

We have worked in many homes where the owner ...


Continue reading...
 

Drop cloths

January 28, 2010
Today I was reading where a painter was saying he rarely ever use a drop cloth when rolling ceilings. That is just crazy! We always use drop cloths to cover the floor and plastic to cover furniture and other items while painting walls and ceilings. We cover sidewalks, porches and driveways. We cover bushes and plants if needed.
I would never say I was so good I did not need a drop cloth. So beware of painters without drop cloths! No one is perfect. 
Continue reading...
 

A yahoo user asks, I am painting room.

January 28, 2010
I am painting my room. Does red & bubblegum/hot pink go together?

I wanted to paint 3 of my bedroom walls pink & then the main wall red but im not sure if this will go? also i thought of 3 pink walls and one black wall but im scared the black wall will make my room look very dark. help please!



I said.
 " I have been a painter for 25 years and I would never paint a wall black. As far as red and pink that just makes me a little sick but it is you room and you can always repaint. Go to a paint s...


Continue reading...
 

A tip about so called screened contractors.

January 22, 2010
When looking for home improvements contractor , watch out for companies who states they pre-screen contractors for you. All these companies do, is to get your referral to as many contractors they can that pay them for the service. They sell leads to the contractors who are listed with them and collect huge fees, $25-$30 a lead even if they do not get the job. This can add hundreds of dollars to the final cost. Just think about it this way. Someone has to pay in the end and it's going to be y...
Continue reading...