professionals recommend flushing a quart of spoiled buttermilk down the toilet every few months as a natural method to add healthy bacteria to your tank. Store-bought additives such as Rid-X help maintain a healthy balance of septic bacteria throughout the year to prevent expensive backups. It’s also important to have the tank pumped periodically, based on usage and the number of people in your house. The average schedule is every one to five years.
Q:What are the advan- tages of using milk paint on furniture?
A:Milk paint is a water- based paint with the main ingredient, casein, a milk protein, commonly sold in powder form. Used for thousands of years, milk paint is extremely durable and is very safe and non-toxic once applied. When mixed with water, milk paint grants more control over a finishing project than standard latex- or oil-based paints. It can be used either as paint or as a dye (wash), depending on the amount of water in the mix. The wash allows wood details to show through the finish and can be protected with a finishing product such as varnish or oil. Milk paint can also be used to give a project a worn antique finish (such as cracks) by varying the paint thickness, or by using a crackling medium. It will not flake off or peel and it allows a wide variety of effects. The biggest advan- tage of milk paint is its “antiquing” ability, which can highlight the wood’s grain and textures.
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