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johnsorious 03-16-2013 05:39 PM

Painting second floor exteroir
 
How do you guys paint the exteroir of your house when it's two stories? I was thinking of renting some staging and doing it but wanted to see what you guys do.

In the process of buying a home and was just curious

Gymschu 03-16-2013 05:57 PM

Ladders, lots of ladders.

housepaintingny 03-16-2013 06:31 PM

Usually ladders, sometimes a boom lift, articulating lift and/or scissor lift.

johnsorious 03-16-2013 06:59 PM

I figured ladders would be best for portability but thought staging would be better for stability. I would rent a scissors lift but those are expensive seeing that I would take my time.

Do you guys just use extension ladders? Those are a little unstable I feel the higher you go. I don't want to spend too much on a setup seeing that I'll switch to vinyl siding in 5 or so years when I get settled in.

I would like pictures of setups!

Gymschu 03-16-2013 08:23 PM

It might just be me, but, ladders work best. Staging is great, don't get me wrong but with my inventory of ladders I can usually reach any part of a home and paint large chunks of siding without having to move the ladder(s) too much. I mean, at my age, I hate going up and going down over and over. Sometimes for large expanses I use ladder jacks and planking which is the poor man's staging. I guess it's what you can afford and what you feel comfortable doing. I feel right at home on ladders so they don't bother me. I simply get them situated on solid ground, do a test run up the rungs, and I'm good to go.

joecaption 03-16-2013 08:26 PM

I've never once seen a painter using staging.
Ladders with stand offs, adjusable legs on the ladders, ladder jacks with walk board maybe.

johnsorious 03-16-2013 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1138927)
I've never once seen a painter using staging.
Ladders with stand offs, adjusable legs on the ladders, ladder jacks with walk board maybe.

With ladder jacks and a walk board wouldn't that be unsafe? Couldn't the ladder tip or is the ladder somehow secured to the building? How much would it cost for two ladders with jacks and a walk board?

joecaption 03-16-2013 10:18 PM

May be cheaper and safer to just pay someone to paint the house for you if your that skidish on a ladder.
Could even have them just paint the top part.
Good safe ladders are not cheap.

johnsorious 03-16-2013 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption
May be cheaper and safer to just pay someone to paint the house for you if your that skidish on a ladder.
Could even have them just paint the top part.
Good safe ladders are not cheap.

Is there a preference in which way to use ladder jacks in safer on the inside or the outside? The outside kind of looks like it'll be tipsy. I've never painted a house but have been on extension ladders for being an electrician helper.

I probably will be better off with renting the ladders.

A good question is: how do you paint behind the electrical Meter Pipe.

chrisn 03-17-2013 03:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnsorious (Post 1139032)
Is there a preference in which way to use ladder jacks in safer on the inside or the outside? The outside kind of looks like it'll be tipsy. I've never painted a house but have been on extension ladders for being an electrician helper.

I probably will be better off with renting the ladders.

A good question is: how do you paint behind the electrical Meter Pipe.


I am going to go with Joe's second post on this(:eek:). You would be better off hiring a painter to do the top part.

Gymschu 03-17-2013 05:22 AM

Yeah, the more I read the more that I agree with Joe and Chris. If you have any fear/doubts about ladders, climbing, and working up high, it's a recipe for DISASTER.


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