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Professional Tips and Tricks

In my 40 years as a house painter and contractor, I've gathered many tips and practices that are now part of my every day routine. Some of these tips simply make my work faster or more efficient. Other tips help produce higher quality results.

I'm certain that homeowners painting their own dwellings will benefit from these suggestions. Less-experienced contractors may also find my suggestions helpful, so over the coming days and weeks I hope to provide this information freely via my Twitter feed.

Why am I sharing this hard-earned experience? It's my belief that generosity of knowledge and practice brings benefits to the giver and the recipient. I hope you'll call on me the next time you require a professional house painter.

You can access previous tips and keep up-to-date by "following" me on Twitter.


Pad the bottoms of your step ladder legs with felt pads to avoid damage to hardwood or laminate floors.

* I buy sheets of self-adhesive felt pads which I trim to fit the bottom of the ladder legs. These last for weeks and are easy to replace. You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to move your ladder with these pads installed... and how much quieter also. They even help your ladder to stand more firmly on a solid surface.


A painter was using a wood step ladder during interior painting. Unknown to him, the wooden end of the leg had been damaged on a previous job and was scratching the new hardwood floors as he moved it about. The entire floor needed to be resanded and finished at a significant cost.

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