Sunday, April 10, 2016
Name: Gary Tully
About: I’m a lifelong resident of the area with a Bachelors in Accounting from Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh. I am happily married with one daughter and another due May 17th!
Something you would never guess you do in your role? I am constantly learning new things every project I visit.
What do I enjoy most about working at George Apap Painting? I enjoy the relationship building aspect the most. I've known George for over 20 years. Working here is like working with family- a family with a great reputation for excellence.
What do you do outside of work? Outside of work I love to spend time with my wife, Shannon, and my daughter Ella. I love to golf, exercise and dine out.
One thing you can’t live without? I couldn't live without quality time with my wife and daughter.
Favorite book: The Bible.
Favorite movie: Tombstone or Usual Suspects.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
It’s very important to make sure you seal any cracks and gaps between your counter top and backsplash. This keeps damaging water out and helps to prevent mold and damage to your cabinets and home. The job is easy and anyone can do it. All you’ll need it a tube of silicone, a caulking gun and some masking or painters tape. Make sure to use only high quality products such as GE Silicone 2, which comes in several colors and clear. To accomplish this job follow these steps below.
Step 1: Make sure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly and old caulk is removed. This may require a little scraping. Allow for the area to dry before reapplying new caulk.
Step 2: Apply tape on the counter and on the tile just above and below the void. Make sure your tapelines are nice and straight. This helps to make a nice smooth bead and fills the gap evenly.
Step 3: Cut the application end of your tube of GE Silicone 2 Caulk. Make sure you cut the tube far enough down the applicator tip so that the bead of caulk is wide enough to fill the entire void.
Step 4: Insert the tube of GE Silicone 2 into your caulking gun.
Step 5: Apply the caulk in one slow and continuous motion down the entire seam. Make sure you area using enough silicone and the gap is completely filled with product.
Step 6: Using a wet finger wipe the bead of wet silicone in one continuous motion. You may be required to stop and wipe your finger if too much product builds up. This removes excess product makes for a nice finished look.
Step 7: Check over your job making sure you have adequately filled the gap. If so, carefully remove the tape and allow for the caulk to completely dry before exposing to any liquids.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Since this week officially marks the first days of spring, we thought we’d showcase what the Apap kids do as a spring break project. And you guessed it…paint!
Daniel (age 10) and Julie (age 12) have a blast painting the chicken coop in their backyard.
If you’re curious about the coop’s classic paint color: Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior in Cottage Red.
Check out their painting adventures!
Friday, March 11, 2016
It’s always fun for adults to feel like a kid again. So, why not start a project where you can turn the playroom into a special place where your children can create, pretend and most importantly… have fun!
When picking paint colors think bright and colorful. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Nobody wants a blah and boring playroom.
Some things to consider:
Light & Room Size
When picking out paint colors, consider the size of the room, the amount of natural & artificial light it receives and the paint finish. Choose a paint finish that won't show handprints and smudges. Think, messy snack clean-ups. Eggshell- or satin-finish paints won't draw attention to a wall or trim's imperfections and are washable, though flat paints have stain-resistant properties.
Pop of Color
A playroom should be fun and a place where children are free to be themselves. Consider the colors of the playroom's furnishings, accessories and architectural features. If the furniture is vibrant, such as bright purple or bold blue, choose a light color that won't compete for attention.
Graphic designs on the walls are always fun as well. Jungle, sports and princess themes are popular but you can do whatever theme is special to you and your children.
Monday, February 16, 2015
This was a special project that George Apap took on with his 9-year-old son, Daniel. One of George’s neighbors asked him to paint an old secretary desk and child’s rocking chair that were passed down from her parents and that she used as a child. George thought it would be a great father-son winter project, so they tackled the job while watching football playoff games.
George taught Daniel to remove and bag the hardware, thoroughly sand and clean the surfaces, and then (the fun part) to paint. For this project, George and Daniel used Benjamin Moore Advance. It is a waterborne paint that levels out great and dries hard. And what’s even more exciting than making old furniture look brand new, is that they found a note from the neighbor’s father indicating that the furniture was last painted in 1966! They felt honored to be part of this project and, as you can see, left their mark for the next generation.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
HPM continues to work every day despite the cold. With temperatures in the single digits and sometimes below zero at 8 am, the construction continues Everyday. With only two days missed due to heavy snow the project stays on track thanks to these rugged craftsmen.
Monday, February 09, 2015
The key to a strong subfloor that is squeak free is construction adhesive. Before each piece of plywood subfloor is installed the top of the floor joists are covered in a thick layer of construction adhesive then the panel is set into the adhesive and well fasted with nails. It takes a little longer to do this, but the stronger floor free of creaks and squeaks will pay off in the years to come.
Friday, February 06, 2015
This off road fork lift saved us a lot of work. Without it we would have to carried all the lumber by hand. The telehandler has the ability to lift an entire unit of lumber from the delivery truck directly onto the second floor deck. We are grateful for this machine!
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Zip system plywood is gaining in popularity. We chose it because it is allows us to build faster as it saves the step of adding house wrap. It has a built in moisture membrane that when used in conjunction with their proprietary joint tape becomes instantly weatherproof. Also it actually increases energy efficiency as it provides a continuous rigid air barrier that decreases unwanted air leakage. This sheathing comes with added cost and is more expensive than traditional OSB or plywood, but the speed of installation, energy efficiency and instant weather protection make it a worthwhile option.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Warmboard: we installed a special type of plywood subfloor called warmboard. The warmboard is a thick plywood subfloor that is prerouted out to accommodate radiant tubing, then it has an aluminum skin to allow for an even heat transfer from the tubing to your flooring. We did a fair amount of research and finally settled on this company. http://www.warmboard.com/ It is a great subfloor, but it is expensive to purchase and time consuming to install. It also had the unanticipated problem of being very slippery. Since we are building in the winter its not just wet, but often times icy. We had to put plywood and planks on top of the warmboard to make a safe work area. The reason we went though the extra money, time and inconvenience of installing this type of subfloor is that it is the most efficient and by far the most comfortable type of heat. A little inconvenience now and warm feet forever. I'm looking forward to being barefoot in the winter!
Here's a link on how this gets installed: http://www.warmboard.com/media/45
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Kudos to these guys that have been working in the frigid temps with smiles on their faces! They are such a pleasure to see each day. I'm not sure I would be so happy working outside in the temps we've had! This is our super fly crew - (From left to right) - Frank, Marek, TJ and Steve.
With all the rain we had in December, we made the decision to have Amaxx come back out and remove the mud and install a thick base of recycled asphalt. We felt that if we did not do this, it may hinder our access to the site come the snow. It was a great decision! (And yes, Amaxx to the rescue again!)
Dec 4: We are now three weeks behind schedule and framing finally begins. Unfortunately the garage and mud room areas are still waiting for the concrete to be poured. The pictures don't show that the clay based soil has turned the stickiest mud making it impossible to get a truck to the site. HPM is on site - Marek is the Crew Leader and we are impressed daily with this skill and expertise! These guys are truly such craftsmen
The snow looks beautiful on the trees, but does not help construction. The concrete the was scheduled to be completed by Nov 15, but is falling behind schedule. Still exciting, but frustrating! We have our HPM crew itching to go!
We allowed three weeks for Jason of Amaxx to get the site ready for concrete. He completed it in less than a week. (We told you he was a superstar!) The kids are starting to get excited as there is so much activity at the property.
The site is ready by nov 1, but unfortunately the Candulo Brothers concrete can not start any sooner than their scheduled start date of Nov 15. We knew that we were to build in the winter anyway, so this doesn't bother us - we are right on schedule!