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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.


Apply felt pads to the bottoms of your ladder's "feet." These self-adhesive pads are widely available and can be purchased in full sheets so that you can trim them to appropriate shapes and sizes. With the popularity of hard wood and melamine floors these days, a tiny bit of grit under your ladder's leg—or a worn or splintered leg—can cause a lot of damage to the floor.

When I go into a job where I know the floor is new, I stop at the door to put new pads on my ladders. Besides protecting the floors, the pads allow you to slide your ladder around easily on smooth surfaces.

When the pads are soiled, they're easily removeable. Try it, and you'll never let your ladder go without "slippers" again!

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