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Renting and working with a 40 foot lift

Renting a lift for exterior painting


Power washing between houses - The first thing we needed to do before the painting process began was all the prep work. Including scraping and power washing the existing brick on this soon to be beautiful victorian era three story home in the heart of the city. Renting a lift to do the real hard to reach areas is the way to go when you are dealing with heights that are beyond your ladder's capabilities. Here we chose to use the ladders to do the initial power washing to save money, as the lifts are generally rented per day or in our case for about a week. I knew that rain was in the local forecast for the next few days so we did all we could off of the ladders not wasting money on a lift that might just sit there in the rain.

Renting a lift for exterior painting


Before shot of house - In the days that they built these homes, one of the tricks in saving a substantial amount of costs on building materials was to install nicer, more of a finished bricks in the front and sides towards the rear of the house until you got to a point where you couldn't see the brick sides from the street as you stood in the front. If you look closely at this photo of the rear section of the house, to the left of the two second story windows above the small porch roof is where the darker more dense finish brick stops and the cheaper less attractive brick begins. This rear area of the house including the brick, down spouts, window frames, and stone lentils is what we will be painting.

Renting a lift for exterior painting

40 foot lift - The lift itself is fairly simple to operate. All of the controls can be used from either the basket (you see on the left) or from another control panel on the side of the lift that stays on the ground. There are easy to read diagrams that explain each button and or joy stick that control every movement of the machine.


Renting a lift for exterior painting

At the peak - Staring at the peak with my airless sprayer and working my way downward and across in large sections is wasn't long before I had a major section of the house with a first coat on it. Here I was using a large shield to prevent over-spray from getting on the areas that are painted a different color than the dark brown that we used for the bricks. *There was more than enough room in the basket for one person and all the equipment necessary to complete the job and it really did not take me long to get a feel for the controls and how they operated.


Continue working with lift project

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