Keep Your ‘Green’ Home Improvements Running at Peak Efficiency

If you’re like many homeowners and businesses, you have recently made improvements to lessen your impact on the environment. While you’ve already taken big strides toward saving energy – and money – you can conserve even more by making sure your new systems are running at peak efficiency.

Whether you recently outfitted your home with solar panels or invested in new lighting, a new heating system or water heater, here are some tips to make sure you are saving energy at the highest capacity.

Solar Panels

Solar panels capture free energy from the sun, but they can lose a lot of their capacity if they aren’t cleaned regularly.  Depending upon where you live and other variable conditions, you may need to clean panels as often as once a month. A dirty panel can reduce the efficiency of an entire array by up to 30 percent. Since panels can sometimes be hard to reach, you may want to consider investing in a cleaning system like Mr. LongArm’s Pro Curve Solar Cleaning Kit, which allows you to reach and clean difficult-to-access panels.

The system features two unique cleaning tools, a washer/squeegee handle that attaches to a curved extension pole as well as an extendable flow thru pole and cleaning brush that can be attached to a garden hose. To view all our solar panel cleaning products, visit


Switching to energy efficient LEDs is an inexpensive way to reduce your home’s energy consumption. Residential LEDs, especially Energy Star rated products, use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. Check out the top 8 things you didn’t know about LEDs to learn more.

Heating Systems

A new energy-efficient heating system only gets you part of the way to optimal efficiency. Before the heating season starts each year, you should make sure your HVAC filters and vents are cleaned, as you will see an immediate loss in efficiency if there is any blockage.

Another aspect of heating efficiency has nothing to do with your heating system. Making sure your home is properly sealed and insulated can save you up to 20 percent on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program.

Water Heaters

No matter how large your home or your family, you can easily make your water heater more efficient by turning down the temperature on the unit to 120 degrees F. The lower temperature means the heater doesn’t work as hard, and your water will still be hot enough to take a bath or wash dishes.

You may also want to consider a tankless water heater, which only heats the water when it’s demanded. These systems also take up less space in your utility room by running the cold water through heated coils before it goes through the pipes to your sink or shower.

If you’ve already taken steps to become energy-efficient, you understand the benefits. By making your current systems even more effective and economical, you can see even greater rewards for going green.

How to Keep Your RV Clean and Well Maintained

RVs have become a popular social-distancing choice for a safe, enjoyable family vacation. If you’re new to RV ownership, we have some tips on how to clean the exterior of your RV. Proper cleaning will protect it and keep it looking like new. Cleaning by hand is the best way to clean the exterior of your RV. Cleaning it yourself oddly enough is an enjoyable task and affords a sense of accomplishment when finished. Mr. LongArm has some great tools to help you get the job done like a professional detailer.



Mr. LongArm Products Can Easily Adapt to Most Situations

With patented technology and a huge selection of extension poles and attachments, Mr. LongArm quickly adapts to nearly any situation to help professionals and do-it-yourselfers get the job done fast. Especially those jobs that are otherwise out of reach — from painting a ceiling and washing windows to changing light bulbs and dusting high ceiling fans.

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Mr. LongArm’s Green Initiatives

At Mr. Longarm we care deeply about the environment. That’s why we do everything we can to eliminate waste, save resources and protect our ecosystems. The products we manufacture typically last for many years but when they don’t we can provide the parts to repair them.

Here are some of the steps we’re taking:

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Best Way to Organize Long-Handled Tools

If you’re like me and most everyone else in the World who is or was sheltering in place, you are probably obsessed with cleaning and organizing right now. My hubby and I laugh about how clean our home is going to be a month from now. We have also started planning our garden which means we really need to organize the contents of our garage next.


What is a Lok-thread and what does it do?

There’s nothing worse than having to constantly retighten a tool that keeps spinning off while you are trying to use it. For example, if you’re constantly having to stop painting a wall to tighten the roller frame back onto the pole, or if you’re sweeping the garage floor and the broom head continually falls off the pole, it’s not only time consuming but irritating.  To solve this problem Mr. LongArm’s Heavy Duty and Professional extension poles come equipped with a special feature on our standard ¾” metal threaded ends.  It’s called a Lok-thread and was designed to prevent threaded tools from loosening during use. No more stopping what you’re doing; attach your tool and get to work!


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Video Guide – How-To Set Up a Smart-Wall Temporary Dust Barrier

Whether you’re a Professional Painter or a Do-it-yourselfer renovating a home, at some point you’re probably going to need a temporary dust barrier. The Smart-Wall® is designed to help you keep your work area under wraps.

The Smart-Wall contains dust, debris, and paint flecks to a single space and is easy to install. Great for protecting rooms during light construction projects such as popcorn ceiling removal, wood floor refinishing and paint spraying.

The Smart-Wall® can be configured to most any shape or area; square, linear, or simply to close off a room at the door. It’s perfect for Sealing off and protecting furniture or appliances before sanding and/or painting.


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Murphy’s Journey to Recovery

Hi, I’m Murphy, you may know me from my video. My friends at Mr. LongArm asked me to write a guest blog to give you more details about my condition, Sudden Canine Paralysis, and how the use of a simple invention and physical therapy are helping me on my journey to recovery.



A Guide to Flow-Thru Brush Styles & Uses

Mr. LongArm flow-thru brushes have one or more holes in the block that allow water to flow through to the filaments when used with one of our flow-thru extension poles. They are available in many styles to clean a variety of surfaces from wood and concrete to fine auto finishes and glass. Our brushes are made with the finest materials and attach to any standard threaded extension pole or flow-thru extension pole including our HydraSoar and TeleWash poles. All of our brushes are chemical resistant and contain more filaments than most other brushes.


10 Tips for Painting with a Mr. LongArm 3-Section Extension Pole

About the author: Mark Kirby is a homeowner who shared these helpful tips he learned while painting with a Mr. LongArm 3-section extension pole. Thanks for sharing these Mark!

By Mark Kirby

1 – Do not over load the paint roller and always make sure the paint is evenly distributed on the roller. Less paint makes the pole less top heavy and makes the roller easier to control at long extensions. Lighter paint loading of rollers give better painting results and fewer runs and drips. Just be sure to avoid dry rolling which can cause an uneven paint job.


Long Range Dusting with Mr. LongArm

Its spring time here in the Midwest – which means we’ll have near perfect temperatures for about a week before the muggy summer heat descends on us. So this is the perfect time to get to work in and around the house, to open the windows and air out our homes, to pack up your winter clothes, to remove the cobwebs and dust every nook and cranny. Fortunately for you, we have a specific series of tools designed to make that last task a breeze!


How-to Guide: Painting a Ceiling – Part Two

In part one we went over the materials needed, prep work and how to wet down and remove popcorn ceiling and sanding. This second and final chapter in our ceiling painting saga we’ll discuss color/paint choices, the process of how to paint and a very specific product Mr. LongArm created just for this type of application.


7 Practical Tips for Breathing a New Life into Old Homes

About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several interior design, lifestyle, real estate and eco-friendly blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.

By Mike Johnston

People often tend to look at home renovation like a holy grail of all DIY projects. The prize you will get at the end of the journey is awesome, but the trouble you need to go through along the way makes the whole thing seem pointless. Here’s the good news, Sir Galahad – this quest is only as complicated as you want it to be and your good old home can get a breath of new life even with the slightest of efforts if you know where to put it. Here are a couple of ideas.


Optimizing Human Performance for 60 Years and Counting

Sixty years ago, R.D. Newman, was out on a sales call in Wichita KS. While walking inside he saw the store owner and an employee trying to tape a paint roller to a heavy piece of steel conduit. As the legend goes, the store owner retorted, after a friendly ribbing by R.D., “If you can make something better, Newman, I’ll buy it!”. The wheels of invention began to turn.  A few months after returning home, with the help of his wife Mimi,  R.D. had designed the very first telescopic extension pole!


The Ever-Expanding List of Interesting and Intriguing Uses for Mr. LongArm Extension Poles

The Ever-Expanding List of Interesting and Intriguing Uses for Mr. LongArm Extension Poles

Manipulating objects outside of our reach has been an important part of the evolution of the “tool”. It may seem contrary to intuition but the extension pole as we know it didn’t exist before 1958 when we invented it. Before that human beings had to climb or hang or strain to reach higher. And since then we have found all sorts of uses and attached all sorts of apparatus to our extension poles. Mr. LongArm is forever dedicated to optimizing human performance.


Picking the Right Pole for the Project

If you look through our product catalog you’ll be inundated with the breadth of our extension pole product lines.  Different lengths, materials, threaded ends, fluted, fixed length – the list of options goes on and on. We realized that up till now we’ve never really done a guide to answer the question: how do you decide which one will best fit your needs?


How-to Maintain Windows and Keep Costs Low

The following is a blog by Jenny Holt, a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it all and taking her Labrador, Bruce, for long walks.

By Jenny Holt

Windows are an important parts of a home structure providing ventilation, insulating spaces and improving aesthetic appearance. However, they also need maintenance so that they look neat, but are also safe and secure.


History’s Most Versatile Tool?

From the beginning of time, mankind has evolved to thrive in our environment, what we lacked in stature, we made up for with tools, and specifically for things outside of our immediate grasp. Some tools are designed for particular jobs, while others can be broadly used to accomplish a myriad of different tasks. Take a moment and do a personal inventory of the tools in your garage or shed, which would you consider the most versatile?


The Official Recipe for the MLA “Mango Salsa” Video

If you haven’t watched Patricia’s harrowing tale of blood, sweat and salsa, head over to our YouTube page and watch. While you’re there Like Subscribe and Comment for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. After a long day of getting it done Faster. Safer. Easier you deserve a quick easy-to-make snack. Nothing is as refreshing as fresh fruits and vegetables so why not throw a bunch of them into the same bowl and eat them with some chips?


On Reinventing the Wheel

Mr. LongArm is proud to partner with The Urban Farmers, an all volunteer nonprofit whose mission is to help bring nutritious fresh produce to those less fortunate. The following is a blog from the groups co-founder, Siamack Sioshansi.

by Siamack Sioshansi

The tool that we use every day is readily available from any major hardware store. It comes with metal, fiberglass or wood handles at reasonable prices. This is the story of why we reinvented the fruit picking pole, and like all good stories it has a surprising and heartwarming ending.


Three Reasons to Stain Your Deck

I think we can all agree that we’d much rather be BBQing on our decks than staining or sealing them. But taking a weekend at the very beginning of the warm season can save a lot of headache down the road. If you need convincing to throw even more items on your to-do list, I have three reasons deck treatment should be added:


An Extruded Aluminum Manifesto

In case you aren’t aware, Mr. LongArm is the World’s largest US manufacturer of telescopic extension poles and accessories, and we’re proud of this fact. Today I’d like to take a minute and explain why we are so adamant about using US made extruded aluminum in our 3ft. and longer extension poles.


National Hardware Show 2014 Wrap-up

by Maureen Newman

This year’s NHS 3 day event marked the 69th year that manufacturers and resellers of products were brought together under one roof…well, actually 2 roofs and an outdoor parking lot.  Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the line-up of exhibitors ranged from Home Improvement categories (like the painting tools MLA manufactures) to Lawn & Garden/Outdoor Living products (such as the hanging Wicker Chair that Linda Fore purchased after show hours then had to figure out how to haul back to KCMO).


Project Guide: How-to Paint a Room

Painting may seem like an overly intuitive process, but there are a few pitfalls that can turn your dream of perfect living space into a nightmare. Follow our step-by-step guide can help you avoid common mistakes and help you get back to doing what you love… Faster. Safer. Easier.


Project Guide: How-to Clean a Deck

When was the last time you washed your outdoor deck or patio? From backyard BBQs and spring rain to family reunions and summer heat, our outdoor spaces can take a serious beating. If you’ve ever replaced or built a deck or patio you know it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. This guide will give you a quick rundown on how to perform a little maintenance now to save you a big headache in the future. If you want to learn how to clean your deck, you’ve come to the right guide.


A Primer on Deck Treatment

Take a trip through your local hardware or paint store and you might be taken back by the wide variety of deck treating products on the market. What’s the difference between stain and a sealer? How do you know which product is right for your deck? This primer attempts to answer those questions, so let’s start at the biggest decision you’ll have in the deck treatment isle: “Do I seal or stain?” This choice is up to your preference, but they each have their own benefits and drawbacks.


Project Guide: How-to Paint a Closet

When you are in the throws of a remodeling spree it’s easy to bypass closets and leave them out of the makeover process. The humble closet has its own set of rules. It can be an extension of a room or an exciting pop of color. We’ll give you a list of needed supplies, and step by step instructions on how to paint your closet. This project is easy enough for a weekend, and can really change the entire look and feel of a living space.


Welcome to the Finish.Up. Blog!

Welcome one and all!

This is the first post on the Mr. LongArm “Finish.Up. Blog”, and so we’d like to thank you for taking time to come and check out our new and improved website. We hope that between now and the time they take away our keyboards you’ll find something of use to help you in your endeavors.