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Church painting obstacles, but the old wood ladders got her done!

Posted by Administrator on Sep 8, 2012 in Church painting obstacles

Upon recently bidding on a church painting job in Perth Amboy,NJ I called in a scaffolding erection company to set up scaffolding around the alter, the cost $7500.00 to erect and dismantle, not happening. Next I contacted a lift company to scope out job site but there equipment could not make the turn thru the front door due to the pews being in the way. The church did not want the pews removed for whatever reason so I was in an awkward position and did not want to lose the job. By the way this was a water damage job in which above the alter had black water stains above the alter.
So I knew this would have to be accomplished by the use of 2 36 foot and 1 40 foot ladders. I had the equipment in my yard under tarps they were made in New Haven,Ct by the Flint Ladder Co. and I bought them in 1985. The question was would they stand the test of being taken out of the “moth balls” and get the job done. In today‚Äôs industry wood ladders are laughed at as fiberglass and aluminum are the way to go. So we gave them a shot positioning them between the pews and working them. I must say this was not easy because of the tight squeeze and the weight of the ladders. The 40 footer proved most difficult to raise up and down due to the fact that it was getting hung up on molding that was jutting out of the wall.
While only planning to stain kill the black water marks on the concrete surface and then top coat with a flat latex paint, this was not the case. After the top coat had dried the surface looked uneven. So I changed tactics and instead of using a thick nap roller cover I resorted to a four inch brush. The second application with the brush applied the paint on thicker. This second techniqure proved successfull and the surface appearance when dry looked great. There was a lot of pressure toward the end of the job in that the job had to be finished and equiptment had to be taken down before services were held on Sunday
No matter what pros say about wood ladders these days I was proud of them and they got the job done very well!

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“Honey I just fired the painters”

Posted by Administrator on Mar 16, 2009 in honey I just fired the painters"

Honey I just Fired the Painters!

Honey I just Fired the Painters!

So you saw a home made paint contractors sign down at the end of the block and decided to call. The job that they were doing on the exterior of the house looked good from a distance. There were drop cloths not all canvas but bed spreads as well along with some old wood ladders and some twisted metal steps. Their vehicle parked in front of the house looked like it should have been retired long ago. Without actually going up to see the job at close range, or researching their references you gave them a shot as well as a third down.

On the first day they set up the ladders carelessly against the gutters leaving a few dings and dents in them. Not to mention stepping on the tulips you just planted. The painters return after a lengthy lunch break to start scraping with the paint chips decoratively filling your garden bed. Now its time to power wash with a garden hose on the front porch roof where the owner slips and falls on the wet shingles.

Later that evening you receive several phone calls from neighbors asking you what all the commotion is at your house. The paint crew arrives for a second day and starts to paint the house with oil base instead of latex as agreed upon, not to mention that the color is way off. After mentioning this to the contractor he agrees and begins to clean his oil brushes with water.

As the contractor heads out to the paint store he leaves the rest of the crew to paint the shutters while they are still attached to the house. “Honey I just fired the painters”.

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