you move into a new house...and you want to make it your own. maybe some of you never look up, for those of you that do, if your house is 15+ years old, you are probably face to face with the BIG UGLY (AKA the 'popcorn' ceiling). URGH.
There are many ways to remove this eyesore, but all are messy! AND NONE OF THEM ARE FUN.
I have now tried two with so-so results.
1) scraping (it will go every everywhere! If applied pre-1978 TEST for ASBESTOS!)
2) skimming (messy in a runny liquid way)
Key lessons learned:
1) spraying with water (lightly) helps--got this idea form where water had been applied--thanks kiddos--through and the popcorn had flaked off.
2) if it was painted over, OY! The person who did this clearly has a death wish.
Here are great step by step directions I found. A bit jealous on how clean they made the process look.
I need to pace myself.....I still have the vaulted ceiling to go. Perhaps next year, I have to mentally prepare myself.
while traveling always makes me reevaluate how we do things when I arrive home. This picture is a case in point. This is what outlets look like in Scotland (this one is from a building constructed in 2016). This is what the outlets looked like in my flat in 2004-5 in Glasgow. They have been around for awhile (sign of my age!).
....then why are they still not an option in the US? They are a amazing concept & can have BIG impact too (in your energy use & your pocketbook).
Does it say something about our real (or lack thereof) commitment to really use less? No good answer right?
So what are the options in the states then that can mimic this amazingness? and YES, there are options I am excited to report. I found some options, none as great at the real thing (for that smooth seamless look), but well, better than nothing. This one can be controlled at the wall, by app, or by Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa.
of course there is data that states the US does indeed use more power, with one stating the US USES 11 TIMES MORE ENERGY THAN THE UK. Lots of room for improvement to be had. This map allows you to explore the energy or gas consumption by county in the UK, wow. Just wow. Sadly, I could not find one for the US (if you do, please comment and share the link!)
When you are shopping for homes, make sure to note these 'wee things' as they can turn into big savings (or costs) LONG TERM.
In Scotland currently with students & I can’t help but notice property listings. On a loch (lake), on the North Sea, in town or in the hills of the Highlands. So many choices!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa.