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Mrmetrx

06:25AM | 03/21/04
Member Since: 03/20/04
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Are there any suggestions on what to use to paint high walls. We have 25ft walls in the living room and along the stairs. We have discussed hiring a painter but we could save $$$ if I do it myself. My problem is the high walls. Are there scaffoldings out there that I could rent to get the job done with out killing myself on a ladder

homebild

03:07AM | 03/22/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Rented scaffolding or a small mechanical man-lift along with paint roller extension poles is one possibility to deal with the problem.

1 six foot section of scaffolding with a 16' extension pole for your roller/brush could be enough to access most areas.

Anonymous

04:50AM | 03/23/04
Twenty-five foot walls are uncommon work for most interior residential professional painters, and probably not the kind of project for a do-it-yourselfer–unless you are comfortable with and have some experience working from heights, and you think you can get acceptable results painting those heights.

The interior lift is a possibility. Around here you can rent a 20 ft lift for about $200/day including tax, insurance and delivery. Perhaps you could do all you high work in one day. Remember this is a serious piece of equipment. It is quite possible you will not be comfortable working with it.

As far as standing on a 6ft scaffold with a 16 ft extension pole–well, the math sounds good but I think you should consider the reality of such a set-up. For one thing it’s difficult for pros to maintain anything like even paint spreading with pole that long. Also, it's extremely laborious compared to using a nomal 4-8 ft pole and standing on the floor. Also, you can’t see very well what you’re doing 14 to 16 feet away. You could be making a mess and easily not know it. There are other things as well but how about skipping to cutting in the ceiling? Are you to tape a brush onto the end of your pole and cut in with it 16 feet away? Other than all that, it's not such a bad idea.

Also the previous post says the scaffold set-up “...could be enough to access most areas.” Not exactly the kind of confidence you’re looking for when I assume it’s your goal to definitely access all areas.

I would check into the interior lift at a rental store. They should let you get a little hands on to see if you’re comfortable with it. Tell them specifically what you want it for and see what they think. In any event, you’re talking about some serious height. Watch that you’re not getting yourself into something you wish you never started.

cleanedge

04:52AM | 03/23/04
Member Since: 02/03/04
15 lifetime posts
Twenty-five foot walls are uncommon work for most interior residential professional painters, and probably not the kind of project for a do-it-yourselfer–unless you are comfortable with and have some experience working from heights, and you think you can get acceptable results painting those heights.

The interior lift is a possibility. Around here you can rent a 20 ft lift for about $200/day including tax, insurance and delivery. Perhaps you could do all you high work in one day. Remember this is a serious piece of equipment. It is quite possible you will not be comfortable working with it.

As far as standing on a 6ft scaffold with a 16 ft extension pole–well, the math sounds good but I think you should consider the reality of such a set-up. For one thing it’s difficult for pros to maintain anything like even paint spreading with pole that long. Also, it's extremely laborious compared to using a normal 4-8 ft pole and standing on the floor. Also, you can’t see very well what you’re doing 14 to 16 feet away. You could be making a mess and easily not know it. There are other things as well but how about skipping to cutting in the ceiling? Are you to tape a brush onto the end of your pole and cut in with it 16 feet away? Other than all that, it's not such a bad idea.

Also the previous post says the scaffold set-up “...could be enough to access most areas.” Not exactly the kind of confidence you’re looking for when I assume it’s your goal to definitely access all areas.

I would check into the interior lift at a rental store. They should let you get a little hands on to see if you’re comfortable with it. Tell them specifically what you want it for and see what they think. In any event, you’re talking about some serious height. Watch that you’re not getting yourself into something you wish you never started.

retisin

05:08PM | 03/23/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
That is correct with a long ext pole it is hard to get even but then again that high up who will see it?Or notice it.

Or the scaffolding you could get 2 blanks for it and set up a 10 or 12 ft step ladder giving you a reach to about 18 plus your height,if you aren't or don't feel safe on the ground with a 12' ladder then you wont want to do it,but to us it is 2nd nature for areas we can't get a scissor lift in.

It only wobbles and shake if you do.

What about putting ladder socks on a 20' extension ladder and doing it this way?Moving the ladder down as you go.If it is a wide wall you could run a plank across it with another extension on the other side.

It sounds as though you want to stay away from ladders.So the only thing is a scissor lift then.

retisin

05:12PM | 03/23/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Should of explained put 1 ext ladder on very end of 1 wall then put other ladder up on the same wall and use ladder jacks with a plank span as far as you can,if you want could even sit on plank and scoot across if you don't want to stand.

Or get a paint contractor to do it.
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