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Jake:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_18434").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});What are some of your good ideas to make a job easier??

Here's one I've personaly seen in action courtesy of MattG that I can attest too.

How many of you when doing a fairly big sized project that requires a lot of taping... Misplace your tape? Or have to go up and down a ladder for tape? Or whatever other thing it is that p!sses you off about that roll of tape?

Matt uses a wallet chain and always just runs the chain through the roll of tape and there it is... Always by your side.

I tried it and it's a killer idea.

Super handy, works great, and you never lose the roll.  :D

What are some of your more obvious but seldom thought of tricks of the trade for making the job run a little bit more smoothly?

BrushJockey:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_18435").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});Good idea about thread, Jake! I've got lots of my "work tweeks" spread throughout this place.

Just gave a couple to Georgie on the injury thread ( folding stepstool, use a lightwieght tool belt) - BTW, the tool belt I use has a velcro strap for tape like you mentioned.

 My florescent light boxes are really handy, particularly for these winter days.
http://www.painterforum.com/yabbse/index.php/topic,1401.0.html

 I have adaptations on the vac sander that uses a bucket with a filter before the vac to capture most the dust.
http://www.painterforum.com/yabbse/index.php/topic,2500.0.html

Jake:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_18436").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});WOW! I REALLY like that florescent light box idea!!!!!!

I'm so sick of the small lights that heat up to a million degrees and are super hazardous to work around, especialy if you're partial to wearing cut off whites as I am when working.
I knew a guy once that burned his leg pretty bad... Don't want that to happen to anyone else again!!!

Great idea!!!

canadianpainter:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_18442").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});One of the simplest things I do is bring a bag full of all the things I might need.  I bought one of these bags and I keep it stocked with tape, knives, putty, screwdrivers, putty knives, sanding blocks, caulk etc and I use a five gallon pale to carry brushes, frames, rollers etc.  I find that bringing these two things with me save me having to run back to the truck for things. 

When I'm spraying for a few days in a row I won't clean my sprayer everyday.  I simply wrap a damp cloth around my gun and put a plastic bag over it and add a thin layer of water overtop of the paint so it doesn't dry. I'll also wrap my rollers in plastic for the night so I don't have to clean them.

Another thing I do is always carry a utility knife, a razorblade and a sanding block with me.  At the end of the day I keep them with my keys so I never forget them.



the PAINTSMITH:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_18444").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});Jake, good on ya....I'm thinkin' sticky on this topic...

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