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How to Become a Decent Painter

You are about to move into your new place! You can’t wait. It not only has a pool but a gym as well. The thing that surprised you the absolute most is the fact that the rent was an absolute steal. What could it be? That’s right, the place is in shambles. The landlord thinks it’s good enough, but you think the walls need a serious make over. What should you do? First of all, you need to realize that anyone can become a decent painter, you just have to follow a few tricks.

Step one, take the extra time and fill in all the cracks or bad areas in the walls. You will need a putty knife and some pre-mixed wall sealant. Before you get started, make sure you take the extra time to chip off any old paint around the cracks. Once you clean up all the old areas, you will need to apply the sealant up to about three times. Make sure you sand the walls every time after applying the sealant.
After you have evened up the walls, you are ready to get the paint. Make sure that you select a color scheme from the largest piece of furniture from the room that you are painting. Choose colors from the pattern of that piece. This will make the room pop. The color wheel is your friend, use it, don’t lose it. Greys are nice, and always go black to black. Contrasting colours are really good this year. Go with warm and cool colors. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Let your personal tastes run wild. It might not be what’s popular this year, but remember you’re the one that has to live in it.

Once you have the paint chosen, get ready to start painting. The best way to start is to cut into the walls. What does that mean? Very carefully start around the edges. You want to paint around the outside borders of the walls. Be careful not to get paint on the ground and ceiling. Once you have cut around the wall and you have roughly a 50-cm outline on the wall you can start preparing your roller.

The key to rolling on a wall is to do it evenly. Make sure not to roll on the same spot but to move along at an even pace to ensure that the walls are covered evenly. At first, while you are practicing you can try to use less paint. This can make sure that you don’t over do it. Once you get the hang of it you can add more paint to your roller.

When you come to a wall that you will have to have two separate colours that meet each other, make sure you use a good masking tape that will ensure that your colors don’t bleed into each other. A little trick is to use some paintable silicone on the lines. This will make your line look amazing.

Once you finish your project and move into your place, make sure to grab a beer sit down and relax. Not only did you save some money on rent but you have a great place to live. For more great tips on how to become a great painter, go to http://bjcpaintingservices.com.au/ and read more blog articles related to painting there.

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Resignations From SaveCCU

CCU Volunteers who have resigned their membership in SaveCCU:

John Bucholz (recently appointed to the Supervisory Committee)
Duane Bequette (Board of Directors)
John Cheek (Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee)
Steve Straub (Board of Directors)
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Continued Membership in SaveCCU

CCU Volunteers who continue as members of SaveCCU:

Cathryn Chudy (Board of Directors)
Kathryn Edgecomb (Board of Directors)
Ralph Erdmann (Board of Directors)
Emmy Winterburn (Board of Directors)
Lloyd Marbet (Supervisory Committee)
Bob Winterburn (Supervisory Committee)
Gene Yarnell (Supervisory Committee)
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NCUA Oversight of Credit Union Conversions Challenged


In January of 2005 the NCUA updated its rules to require increased disclosure requirements for federal credit unions that seek to convert to a thrift charter. The purpose of the change in rules was to insure that credit union members would be fully informed when they undertook a vote on a conversion to a mutual savings bank.

HR 3206, entitled the Credit Union Charter Choice Act, was introduced in Congress by Rep.'s McHenry (R-NC) and Towns (D-NY) on July 12, 2005, and has been referred to the House Financial Services Committee. This bill would change NCUA's oversight of the voting methods and procedures regarding such conversions... the commercial law banking industry is lobbying heavily in favor of the passage of this bill, which constitutes a measure that would, according to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) "...make it easier for credit unions to convert to bank charters..."

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  What credit union members can do is become informed about this measure (start with the link below). Then contact
your representatives to weigh in on this critical and pending legislation. The text of the bill is at the conclusion of the article linked below. The sticker to the left provides help in contacting your representatives.

The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, chaired by Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL), held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3206, the Credit Union Charter Choice Act, on May 11, 2006.
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