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Gary and Ron were great. I called up looking for an Ariens snowblower, and needed it that day before we were expected to receive significant snowfall in New York. I was able to pay over the phone and my new snowblower was delivered to my house in a few hours. The delivery driver’s were also great, however I can not remember their names. They showed me all of the features of the snowblower, and had it up and running for me, ready to go for the storm. This was my first purchase at Brinkmann’s, but you have earned a customer for life. Thanks again!

Tom V

VERY IMPRESSED ! I am a frugal educated shopper and after going to several big box stores and other Brinkmann hardware stores looking for help deciding between 2 high priced snow blower models I was blown away by the patience and courtesy extended to me after I asked one complex technical question after another. I was particularly impressed with Chris’ knowledge and professionalism. In today’s world of mediocre employees it was a pleasure dealing with exceptional ones, thank you. I left confident I chose the right model and the right hardware store.

Blue Point

On the phone they were professional. Not pushy about the extended warranty. Delivered promptly and explained snow blower without rushing. Thank you!

Blue Point

In need of a new snow blower of better quality than the one i now own i decided to shop on the internet and found the product i was looking for was carried locally at the Miller Place Brinkmann’s, I stopped by on Monday and was pleasantly surprised that they had all the available modelsi was considering on display . I was assisted by Dave D. who answered all my questions and concerns and advised me that if i was interested i could have the blower set up and delivered that afternoon at no extra charge. No pressure, no stress and best of all the delivery was made on time and as promised. I should also note that the delivery man Quinton was able to navigate his truck up a difficult driveway and did a walk thru of the blowers features. Very professional! In all, a pleasant experience with two outstanding employeesThus 5 Stars. I hope to be as fortunate with the snow blower when the time comes—–

Mike L
Miller Place

The salesman was extremely helpful. Snowblower was delivered next day and that person also went over how to use it. Excellent customer service.

Blue Point

Always surprised at how much they have here. Like most, I usually travel to Home Depot or Lowe’s for my major home improvement projects. However, I’ve found that more often than not I can find many of the supplies I need right here in town and at a fair price. I actually purchased a great snowblower here a couple of years ago which has served me well. The staff is helpful, so I can get in, get what I need and get back to my project in minutes instead of hours. Oh yeah, Benjamin Moore paints. I’m a regular, I would recommend you give it a try.



how much paint do i need?


Interior painting generally doesn’t require much expertise. Many people do it on their own, but, before you start, it’s important to know how much paint to buy. The project’s exact scope depends on the size of the room and the surfaces you intend to paint. Generally, a painting project requires two coats or more. That’s something to consider when doing the math.


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Tips on Determining Paint Coverage

Mathematical calculations are needed to accurately determine the amount of paint to use. This must be done for each surface you plan to coat. We’ll provide some examples and how to measure a room below. First, here are some general tips and rules of thumb:

  • About one gallon of paint will cover 350 square feet of wall in a single coat.
  • For unfinished, dark, or heavily patched walls, at least two coats of paint are needed.
  • Unpainted drywall absorbs some paint, so you’ll need to buy a special primer.

The color you use also affects the amount of paint needed, as does making a dramatic color change from the underlying coat. Primer is an important factor, here. Adding a darker tint to a white primer can help; the closer this tint is to the paint colors, the better the result will be.


Taking Measurements

Determining the square footage of a wall requires just a simple formula. Just multiply the width by the height, so a 10-foot-high wall that is 12 feet long is 120 square feet.

For doors and windows, the same concept applies. If a door opening measures 20 square feet, then that number would have to be subtracted from the total wall area. That leaves you with 100 square feet of wall to paint.

Given the value of 350 square feet per gallon, divide the wall coverage by that number (100/350), and the answer is 0.28 gallons. A larger wall of 250 square feet would require 0.71 gallons. You could, therefore, round up to a gallon, assuming a single coat will be applied.


Measuring the Entire Room

Painting an entire room requires completing the same measurements for each wall, minus the total surface area of each door and window. To determine the total, add up every wall (with every subtracted area eliminated from the equation) so you know the total wall area.

Assuming a room of 1,000 square feet, the standard calculation would yield just over three gallons of paint. However, most people don’t need an extra gallon sitting around. Supply stores sell paint in non-average size containers. Buy an extra quart, and you have some left for touch-ups.

To make things easier, you could use an online paint calculator, which will do the math for you.


Considering Solid Walls, Ceilings, Trim, and Other Extras

DIY painting

For solid walls and ceilings, the same total length times width calculation yields their area. Trim is a different story. Measure the length in feet, times ½ foot to account for a typical width. This goes for trims around windows, doors, ceilings, built-in furniture, and baseboards. Subtract the trim totals if you don’t want to paint them; add them in if a coat of paint will be applied.

If you need help in deciding how much paint to buy, contact Brinkmann’s today.