How to create a whiteboard using Smart Wall Paint

As you may know we have a business directory on the site now and have listings for tradesmen included, as part of the process we invite those who have a listing to submit a blog post. One of the latest tradesmen to join our directory is a Painter and Decorator Oisin Butler.

Oisin has submitted a step by step guide on how to use Smart Wall Paint and how to create a white board surface.

How to create a white board surface, using Smart Wall Paint.

Start off by measuring the area you plan on turning into a whiteboard surface. When you have your measurement’s go plug them into the area calculator here so you know how much paint to buy. You should order some primer too. As the wall might not need to be primed if the surface is in really good condition, but to be 100% sure you really should have it primed.

When you get your package containing the Smart Wall Paint you’ll find these tools are included.

  • Sanding block
  • Roller handle and sleeve
  • Paint rolling tray
  • Disposable gloves (these come in handy!)

Here’s a few extra tools you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape

  • Pencil

  • Painters masking tape (use low tack masking tape so it doesn’t damage your wall).

  • Dust brush

  • Drop/paint sheets

  • Spirit Level

So when you are ready to proceed, here are Oisin’s 11 easy steps to get a nice shiny new whiteboard surface.

  1. First measure the area you want to paint and mark it out with the pencil. A mark at each corner will even do.
  2. Using the spirit level draw four straight lines to create a square or a rectangle.
  3. Carefully apply painters masking tape evenly to the outside of the pencil mark.
  4. Now you will have the outline of the whiteboard surface, next on the list is to start sanding the wall inside the masked area. All you need to do is make sure it’s nice and smooth.
  5. Dust off the wall with the dust brush before you apply the coat of primer with the roller. TIP Make sure to wrap some masking tape tightly around the roller sleeve first, and then pull the tape away. This will remove any loose hairs that would otherwise end up in your primer.
  6. Make sure to cover up your floor with the paint sheets.
  7. When applying the primer don’t start right at the edge of the tape, instead start about six inches away from the tape, starting in the middle of the wall roll up to the top line of tape then back down to the lower line. It’s ok to get a little paint on the tape but try not to go right over it.
  8. If you’re starting at the left hand side of the wall then using your roller, start rolling to the right before going left again back over the paint to the beginning of the wall and painting over the six inches you left out at the start. The reason for this is to give a nice even amount of paint across the surface. Continue painting the rest of the wall like this.
  9. Once the primer has dried it’s time to start with your Smart Wall Paint. There are instructions in the box that will explain how to mix it up or go to Smart Wall Paint application guide.
  10. When you have applied the Smart Wall Paint to a section of your wall as per the instructions, go back to the beginning and using your roller, without dipping it in more paint, roll the wall from top to bottom i.e. start at the top tape and roll down to the bottom tape. Continue this from left to right rolling over all the paint you have already applied. This is called laying off and the reason we do this is so the finish looks nice and uniform. If you just roll any old way then when the paint dries you’ll be able to see stop/start marks and the way the roller has moved in different directions.
  11. Once the Smart Wall Paint has dried, carefully remove the tape to reveal your shiny new whiteboard surface in all its glory! TIP It takes a few days to cure properly so don’t write on it just yet!

How to create a white board surface, using Smart Wall Paint – conclusion

Now I have given you some food for thought when looking to create your very own whiteboard surface, why not follow Oisin on Google+ page or Twitter for more painting and decorating tips? Find the links on his site

Energy Show 2014

It’s that time of year again when the Energy Show takes place in the RDS Dublin.  The show takes place on the 12th and 13th of March, there is still time to pre-register.

The event is as always organised by the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) and this year there are added features like a

  • Schedule of Seminars
  • International Markets Area
  • Schedule of Free Workshops
  • Smart Technology Demos
  • Product of the Show Awards
  • Live Retrofit Demos

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Spring is in the air in France, many holiday home owners take the opportunity to visit their homes in the next few weeks and take care of essential jobs like cutting the grass.

If you are the owner of a ride on lawn mower in France you need to have insurance in place for the use of this machinery, even for use only on your own land. The French code of insurance “Article L221.1″ states that vehicles with an engine are obliged to have Public Liability Insurance cover.

Energy Show 2011

It’s that time of the year again, the energy show is coming up at the end of the month at the RDS in Dublin.

With lots of exhibitors and a full two days of seminars all focused on the area of energy use and energy reduction this is an event not to be missed.  I have my ticket booked – which is free.  There is a cost to attend the seminars, further information can be found on the website.

Another great event organised by the SEAI, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.


Business Directory now open for listings

We have recently added a business directory to the site.  So now you can not only get information here on how to proceed with your building or DIY projects, but you can also make contact with our listed tradesmen.

If you know of any tradesmen who would be interested in signing up to the directory – please let them know, there is no charge for this service.  So if you have any friends or family who are tradesmen please pass our details on to them.

We are also interested in receiving articles from guest bloggers on topics that would be relevant to our visitors.

Guest post via

I put out the question recently looking for any guest bloggers who would be of benefit to our users here at Trade Finder Direct and we are happy to have received the first article which was written and supplied by Daniel Slevin. 

Daniel is managing director of has worked on many major domestic residential projects for the last twelve years both here in Ireland and across Europe. It is from his experiences over the years that Daniel has developed this new and revolutionary service for the Irish market specifically. are a fully independent company with no affiliations to any property repair, maintenance or insulation companies. This ensures completely unbiased reporting on your behalf.

Our home inspection and energy audit reports will give an honest evaluation of any defects found in your home, giving you a clear view of the best way to deal with any problems found. Call the best Irish home inspection company today to see what we can do for you.




Keep the warmth in and the cold out with SNUGHOME.IE

Are you puzzled about your high energy bills? Do you often feel unexplainable draughts in your home?
If you answered yes to either of the above you probably need to assess where your home is losing heat. A large part of the expensive energy generated and used in your home can be wasted due to insufficient insulation and poor sealing around construction components
There is a brand new service being offered by They can give your home a comprehensive home energy audit, heat loss analysis and a quality assurance check of installed insulation.
Snughome use state of the art sophisticated infrared technology which will high light any heat or energy losses from your home and pin point areas where your home needs insulation or repair. These cameras can detect a change in temperature of as little as 0.02 of a degree Celsius. Infrared/Thermal Imaging cameras are used by NASA, CIA, FBI and Scotland Yard.

E.g. of an Infrared/Thermal image showing missing Insulation in a sloping ceiling.

These state of the art cameras along with a desk top and custom designed software enable Snughome to produce professional non-biased report on the condition of your home. Although clichés the camera really doesn’t lie, and while a picture tells a thousand words an infrared/thermal image tells many many more.
The Infrared/Thermal imaging camera will pin point where your home is losing/leaking valuable heat energy. Snughome will help you slash the cost of your home heating fuel bills, helping you save money, energy and thus the environment
How Infrared Thermography works
Simply Infrared Thermography, enables us to see and measure heat. All materials on earth emit heat energy in the infrared portion of the spectrum. Unfortunately, the unaided human eye cannot see in the infrared portion of the spectrum, Thermographic or thermal images allow the user to see thermally revealing anomalies that the trained thermographer can identify as problems in buildings and their components. Points of possible concern show up clearly in colourful easy to understand images as hot or cold in relation to their surroundings   

Location of leaks.
Find and check tubes and pipes for leaks. Even when pipes are laid under floor or behind plaster, the heat of the pipes radiates through the surface and can be easily detected with an infrared camera. The exact location of leaks or cracks can be detected without damage to fixtures.

Eg of an Infrared/Thermal image highlighting where heat is escaping.

Heat losses, and air leaks are instantly visible on colourful, easy to understand thermal images. By visualising areas of energy loss, faulty locations are easily located, allowing measures to be taken to remedy the problems

E.g. of an Infrared/Thermal image showing missing Insulation in a sloping ceiling.

Buying a Home?
Ensure your prospective home is free of dangerous or potentially expensive defects, it could save you thousands. Infrared/Thermal imaging inspections by Trained Snughome inspectors are a powerful and non invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of your prospective home. We can help prevent costly mistakes in buying property with hidden problems. Infrared Thermography quickly identifies problem areas in a property that can’t be seen by the naked eye and eliminates older more costly inspection techniques that require lots of labour and destructive probing.
Building Inspection (BER) VS Thermal Imaging
Recently I was asked “what’s the difference between a building inspection (BER) and a thermal imaging inspection?”
Both a building inspector and a certified Thermographer play very important roles in the process of buying a home. The difference is that a certified thermal imaging camera operator can find a leak and see signs of what’s happening behind walls floors and ceilings.
The above picture is an example of what we mean: Thermal imaging cameras detect temperature differences on any given surface, we then know where the problem starts and finishes. Do you really think a building inspector is going to be able to visually see where the insulation starts and finishes behind plaster? With a thermal imaging camera, we can detect such problems very quickly.


Thanks to Daniel for this valuable information, to contact him his number is 0877781444 or check out



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Irish Web Awards

We are happy to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Irish Web Awards in the category of Most Useful Website in Ireland, which is sponsored by

The full list of nominations can be found here


Electrical Inspection

This is a guest post by the electrical contractor Pedreschi Electrical and Alarms Limited, is concerns the safety of the electrical installations in our homes and the fact that most of us overlook having the electrics checked out and inspected.

While we have many items and systems checked and serviced like our heating boiler or intruder alarm system, we very rarely have a vital part of our home given an annual inspection. The vital part I refer to is the wiring and fuse board/consumer board.

Over time the installation deteriorates, the insulation becomes brittle and often falls away from the copper within the cabling, this causes arcing and in trun may lead to a fire.

Having the electrics tested and inspected will give you piece of mind that your installation is up to current standards and is safe.

RECI recommend that the electrical installation should be tested and checked about every five years. For more information from the RECI website about home safety check this link
For further information about Pedreschi Electrical and Alarms Limited check out this link



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