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Old 06-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #16
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In all seriousness there are only 2 that I know of.

1. Putty knife or 5-in-one
2. A rag.

That's what I have heard for the last 20 years. If someone wants to adds a 3rd then it could be almost anything.

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...Duster..
I can see why duster might be one but after you have done your prep there is no need for a duster.
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Six pack on ice, a rag, and a list of excuses why there's paint all over the new hardwood floor and the paint peeling that he just finish putting on.
Best comment I've heard from a painter was one guy got fired after a homeowner had a lot of problems with a toilet after the painting had been done.

Turns out one of the guys was keeping his beer cold in the tank. One apparently disrupted the float and the tank subsequently overfilled, making quite a mess when the room flooded.
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I can see why duster might be one but after you have done your prep there is no need for a duster.
I don't think his q said before or after prep- and seeing as the old story goes painting is 80% prep- I say duster!

Today I'll have to add a back brace too...
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[QUOTE=Brushjockey;1199287]I don't think his q said before or after prep- and seeing as the old story goes painting is 80% prep- I say duster!

Today I'll have to add a back brace too...[/QUOTE]



that does not sound good at all
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #22
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I can see why duster might be one but after you have done your prep there is no need for a duster.
Really? I dust all flats prior to painting, even on the final coat. I also sand all flats prior to finish, so they need to be dusted for that reason as well. Flat surfaces catch the small spatter from brushing and rolling that you see and feel as dots on sills and other flats if you don't sand prior to finish.
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There's nothing more infuriating than guys walking around looking to borrow, or going to the truck to get, a piece of sandpaper, a screwdriver, a razor knife to cut a caulk tip or plastic, or a five in one to open a can of paint. It's a ton of wasted efficiency and wage dollars, and to me, the mark of a weak pro, like a carpenter who has to borrow a hammer. Regardless of what state the job is in, a pro should always have his basic hand tools readily at hand. Also, I've worked behind some carpenters who have me thinking I should expand my list to include a nail set.
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its kind of like that guy on deer hunter that did not have his boots .you see this ,this is this , have your 5 in 1 on you at all times
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[QUOTE=jsheridan;1199448]There's nothing more infuriating than guys walking around looking to borrow, or going to the truck to get, a piece of sandpaper, a screwdriver, a razor knife to cut a caulk tip or plastic, or a five in one to open a can of paint. It's a ton of wasted efficiency and wage dollars, and to me, the mark of a weak pro, like a carpenter who has to borrow a hammer. Regardless of what state the job is in, a pro should always have his basic hand tools readily at hand. Also, I've worked behind some carpenters who have me thinking I should expand my list to include a nail set.[/QUOTE]


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It is not the job of painters to set a carpenter's nails, only to putty the set nail holes. Now that carpenters don't use hammers, they seem to think it is no longer their responsibility. Out of goodness of heart, I do the first few quietly. Then I start biatching. If they're on the job I stop and go tell them to get a punch and set them. If they're not I tell the HO that I'm adding extra time to make up for the carpenter's lack of concern/doing his job.

Want to fix the carpenter? I had a carpenter once who left more than a full 1/4, or more, of his nails unset. He refused to listen to my appeal to be more careful and belittled me as a whiner. You see, I'm supposed to whittle my profits and allow his cost shifting without complaint. I stopped setting them, and finished painted right over them. He noticed and asked me what's up with that. I told him that's your work, aren't you proud? I told him further that when the customer asks about it, I'm going to tell her she needs a new carpenter, one who cares about his work. He got the message.

By the time the painters fine tune the drywallers work, another non-responsibility, set the carpenters nails, and touch up the screw ups of other non-caring trades, their profits are gone. I'd rather be a prick with a buck in my pocket than a poor nice guy. Nice guys get no respect.
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For me, the three most important tools when we painted (besides the obvious paint supplies) were the 5in1, a hammer and needlenose pliers. The 5in1 is for scraping, the hammer to set nails that DH left exposed after using the air gun, and the pliers to take out the MILLIONS of staples he used to hang christmas lights. He's banned from ever using the staple gun again. So not kidding.
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I was working today helping a fellow painter get caught up on some work on a Cape May Victorian. He sent me up three stories to do some trim work off a deck, couple of sets of window sash and a door. I can usually paint a door without removing the knob, but this funky situation required removing it. It was a 15 light door, smaller than average, and the knob escutcheon was sticking out over the side sash. Luckily, I reached in my side leg pocket and pulled out my handy mini screwdriver.
The truck was three and 1/2 stories down, the shop in the basement was four stories down. Plus, the stairs are dedicated between floors, when you get to the second floor you walk most the length of the house, to the back, to get to the stairs to the third floor. Because I was prepared for things I encounter on a regular basis, I saved myself a trip down and back up and my buddy the wasted time. Method to the madness people, method to the madness. Soldier, where is your weapon?
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A GED, an old van the phone company traded in twenty years ago, and an arm full of tatoos.
.....sorry to the painters out there. I'm just going by the last guy I got an estimate from.

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