Stairwell Painting Question
My wife has asked me to paint the stairwell leading to the second floor of our 2 story colonial. Any suggestions on the easiest way to do it without having to get any special staging, planks, etc. I’ve got a 24 ft extension that I could probably get into the house also an 8 ft step ladder and some 8 foot scaffold planks.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
couple of options
one is a long pole with a paint brush holder. takes a little practice but its not as bad as it sounds
the other is lean a ladder against the adjacent wall and run a plank from the stairs out to it. put a cripple under it if its too bouncy
also a little giant ladder is great for stairwells. you just extend one side longer than the other. tie if off for safety
Thank You. Great reason to get the Little Giant.
Take your 8' step ladder and set it on the stair in the closed position, leaning against the upper stairwell wall. Put a saw horse or similar at the top of the stair and run a plank from the top of the step ladder to the horse.
Beat it to fit / Paint it to match
Thank You for the tip.
Geez, you didn't get to have a new ladder!!? The plank is a lot easier unless you have a wide open staircase.Beat it to fit / Paint it to match
I really wanted to but here's the problem. Several years back I asked the person roofing my house what length ladder to get so that I could reach the peaks for painting, etc. He said to get a 36 footer. I did but it's not too easy to move around by myself so I figured I'd get a 32 footer to make life easier. So I couldn't justify the little giant when I need the 32 footer more.
But the step ladder and plank worked out just fine. I already had the plank so I figured I was ahead of the game.
I bought one of those little giant type ladders once. POS. Broke the first time I used it.
The best all around ladder I've come across (and it works very well in stairways) is a 8' Werner combination ladder. An adjustable stepladder that can be used as an extension ladder. Perfect for cutting in that ceiling line waaay at the top, without the bouncing of the plank.
Now you tell me. But the plank did not bounce...full 2 inches thick...and I don't weigh too much.
I have a Jaws ladder (the original little giant, but better); wouldn't use anything less.
The edging tool from Richard (a pad with wheels on the edge) works very well on a telescoping pole BTW.
The Unionville Woodwright
Hire someone else!
My feeling exactly. My wife retired from her day job and is on a roll to paint the house. I get to do the hard to reach places.
I have an idea, she is retired she should do it!
No because ther would be no reason to buy a Little Giant what fun is that with no new tools.
The fun is in owning not useing, unless I can buy one of those neat airless sprayers!
I felt the same way and thought there was something wrong with me. Glad to know I'm not alone!!
She is, but wants some help with the high/tough areas. Sounds fair to me. when I tell her I'm going to set up a ladder/staging she says no. I told her the other choice was for me to grow wings and fly up there. She said use an extension pole..I'm a little leary and would probably drip paint all over the place.
LITTLE GIANT or thre are knock offs of the litlle giant, just as good and a little cheaper if it will not see use everyday