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Topic # 113788 28-Jan-2013 13:26
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My folks are looking at painting the outside of one of their rental properties.  Just a standard three bedroom house, all is at ground level, just one side is high.

I was thinking of hiring a cherry picker as the easiest option, anyone have experience with this and can post what they did?

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  Reply # 751989 28-Jan-2013 13:43
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Assuming its the whole side of a house wouldn't renting some scaffolding be less hassle? Saves having to move around all the time as you would have to in a cherry picker. It's been a while since I last did this but I did get some scaffolding people in and they setup and dismantled for me.

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  Reply # 751993 28-Jan-2013 13:48
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Depending on the house I've had good results by simply using ladders. Two with a plank between them and one folded right out for the high stuff. Sounds basic, and it is, but I've done a few houses that way.

Off topic, but a house down the road from us just got sprayed in a single day. I expect they're preparing for sale. Was one of those basic hardiplank type deals, but looks really good now. Just took a while to mask the windows etc but the actual painting part of it was very quick.

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  Reply # 752030 28-Jan-2013 14:45
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Scaffolding sounds better to me. A cherry picker probably costs a lot more.

I didn't know spray painting was still allowed. It can drift and paint all sorts of things, other peoples houses, your concrete, etc. If you have a perfect surface already it's probably good, but 90% of the work of painting a house is preparation anyway.




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  Reply # 754039 31-Jan-2013 19:14
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If you're going to go down the scaffolding route, it can be quite cost effective, you can get 3m long x 0.6m (ish) wide sets, just the ali frames with boards and ladders (no need to go down the full custom built structure in my opinion)

If you do go down this route, you can get it with wheels so it can be moved along the side of the house. My suggestion is, when moving it, leave the outriggers in place, this will prevent the tower tipping.

Don't forget to allow time for the surface prep, and you will probably want to put a couple coats on? And if it's on a side of the house that doesn't get the morning sun, you might not be able to start painting till later in the day and the moisture is gone.

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