Using an edger against high ceilings


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Old 03-03-09, 06:42 AM
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Using an edger against high ceilings

I know everyone recommends using a brush to edge with. Even as a DIYer this is the route I usually go. However, I have an open foyer two stories high that needs to be painted (still don't know how the misses hasn't wanted this done sooner). Now, I am not as young as I used to be and mortality does become a reality. Climbing 25-30 ft to hand edge the ceiling just isn't in the picture, nor is setting up the ladder over a stair case.

So here is what I hope to be able to do. I would like to use a high quality edger where I wouldn't need to go all the way the ladder. Something I can put on a pole that will swivel. I don't believe all these gimmick things that are on TV, but there has to be something that will do. I am looking at this sureline edger....



I am hoping that there is actually something better then this as I have tried these years ago and was not super pleased (the reason I hand cut now).

I know this will be tedious as I will probably be best off hand loading the edger.

Any better products are ideas out there??

Bill
 
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Old 03-03-09, 10:43 AM
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Personally, I would go for an edger that used a roller instead of one of those pads. I just don't think those pads hold nearly enough paint.

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Old 03-03-09, 10:54 AM
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Not a painter (thats her job) but when I was learning, I tried the pad edgers. On a smooth surface they actually worked pretty well as long as you moved it smoothly and got the speed right. On any sort of rough texture they weren't worth squat. The roller type, as was mentioned, worked better.
 
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25-30 feet is unusually high for an interior ceiling (2 -3 stories). I don't see any of the suggested tools working well at that height. There is a good chance also that you will bump the ceiling once or twice in the process, and then you will have to deal with that.

While there are four section (8 feet per section) paint poles, that will reach 30 feet, they bend like crazy at that height. It is hard enough to roll at 30 feet, cutting in with the pad will take much more finesse than rolling.

Using either tool from a ladder will be awkward (perhaps dangerous - more so than going all the way up and using a brush I would think) and will require even more skill and finesse to do a clean and neat job.

Going up the ladder is really the best way (and I think easiest too), providing you can get up and down the ladder. If you are not proficient with, comfortable with or able to use an extension ladder (or scaffold), you should probably hire it out to be painted.
 
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worth repeating

Originally Posted by Slatz View Post
Going up the ladder is really the best way (and I think easiest too), providing you can get up and down the ladder. If you are not proficient with, comfortable with or able to use an extension ladder (or scaffold), you should probably hire it out to be painted.

I occasionally use a brush holder with ext pole for touch ups but wouldn't want to try and paint that way.
 
 

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