cutting in on stairwell

writersblockAugust 31, 2011

I'm going to need to paint the interior in the near future and for budget reasons I need to do it myself, which is fine, since I like to paint, although I'm not terrific at it. The one part which is puzzling me is how to cut in on the stairwell.

Luckily my stairs have a half landing, so I can reach the top of the back wall and part of the side walls with an extension ladder, and I can get part way at the other end of the side walls from the landing, but there's a space of about two to three feet in the middle of each side wall that will be out of reach.

Does anyone have any suggestions for an extension paint pad or other gizmo you'd recommend for reaching to cut in those areas? It hardly seems worth rigging scaffolding for such a limited area. (At the landing the ceiling is only 7 ft high, so it's not one of those ginormous stairwells--I need sideways reach more than vertical for those spots.)

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I attached these feet to my extension ladder. I haven't used them on the stairs yet, but they work great outside.

Here is a link that might be useful: ladder leveler

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 1:37PM
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You can get paint pads with a screw connection for painter's poles. I have never used one for cutting in, but if you get the kind that has an offset for doing corners, you should be able to pull it off. The problem will be if you make a mistake; how are you going to remedy it? :-)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 4:21PM
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Thanks, graywings and sofaspud.

The problem will be if you make a mistake; how are you going to remedy it? :-)

Well, I guess that then it's time for those levelers that graywings has. :)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 10:30PM
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