If painting is on your to-do list, ensure that the endeavor is healthy for you. There are lots of paints out there that are low or zero VOC – which stands for volatile organic compounds. There are also paints with zero carcinogens and virtually no odor. Most major paint brands are rolling out these new eco-friendly paints. When shopping for paint, be sure to inform the clerk helping you that you are particularly interested in low-odor, low-VOC paints. If you ever have a question about what is inside the can, you can also ask for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which will include VOC info in section 9.
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Tom is the Host, Founder and Chief Home Improvement Evangelist of The Money Pit. He is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist and the kind of guy homeowners want to call at midnight -- when their basement floods!
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