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Old 05-09-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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Default How Best to Reach High Ceilings

Hello! I have 20 foot high ceilings in my home and we are wanting to paint. I know I can reach most of the areas with a long extension pole. We also plan to paint the ceilings the same color as the walls so no cut in issues with the ceilings. However, there is a light fixture right in the middle of the room and I'm trying to figure out how best reach it so I can carefully paint around it. I'm guessing I'll need to rent scaffolding? If so where are some good places in austin to rent it? I've never used scaffolding before. Is it difficult to assemble? Any experiences you have had using it would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: West Round Rock
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We had some guys paint our 20ft ceiling and they just stood on tall ladders with poles/rollers.

The ceiling also has a fan and several recessed lighting fixtures. One guy stood on a tall ladder with pole that had a small brush attached to the end to do the trim around the fixtures. I thought to myself, "no way is this going to turn-out ok". Surpise, surpise....the guy did an amazing job. Talk about balance and a steady-hand. Funny, he did a better job than the other guy who painted around the fixtures on the 9ft ceiling.

I know I could never get up on a scaffold that high to paint.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Renting scaffolding will be $$$$. Save yourself the hassle and hire someone to paint, even if it's just the ceiling.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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That's what my suggestion was going to be - pay someone else to do it! I only have 11 foot ceilings throughout and I'm not going to do it myself!!
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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That's what my suggestion was going to be - pay someone else to do it! I only have 11 foot ceilings throughout and I'm not going to do it myself!!
Last year I nearly ruined my back paining a vaulted ceiling with ladder and extension roller. The height is bad enough, but all the angles will kill you. If I had it to do over, I would hire it done. By the way, I have painted plenty of "normal" height ceilings, and they are no big deal to me. The really high ceilings, however, are a challenge.
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