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Old 03-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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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

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Ladders, lots of ladders.

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Usually ladders, sometimes a boom lift, articulating lift and/or scissor lift.
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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!
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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.
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I've never once seen a painter using staging.
Ladders with stand offs, adjusable legs on the ladders, ladder jacks with walk board maybe.
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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?
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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.
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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.

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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(). You would be better off hiring a painter to do the top part.
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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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