If your house needs a new paint job and you’d like to do it yourself it can be scary to think about climbing a tall ladder to scrape off peeling paint. Standing on a high ladder puts you at risk of falling. You could fall leaning too far or the ladder might not be secured well at the ground. High winds for that matter could blow you off.
To tackle your house-painting project you need not be afraid anymore. Forget about getting out the ladder to scrape off that peeling paint.
For removing paint off the sides of a house without standing on a tall ladder you will need an ice scraper, a pecan pole and string.
There are two kinds of pecan poles, poles used for thrashing out nuts, one that you screw together and one that you don’t. The one that is screwed together is usually a bit more expensive but when you’re done they can be unscrewed and stored in most places. A pecan pole that is one piece and doesn’t unscrew will normally be cheaper but it’s much harder to store. Try bending a tall pole down enough to put in a garage without breaking it.
On the thrashing end, which is the smaller end of the pole, tie the handle of the ice scraper to the pole leaving the scraper part exposed extending just below the end of the pole. When the ice scraper is securely tied in place it is ready for scraping paint.
Hold the pecan pole opposite the thrashing end as if you were getting ready to thrash a pecan tree. Don’t stand near or directly under a side of the house. Instead stand at an angle. Scrape upward to remove paint in an easier motion. Scraping downward is more difficult to do and may remove less paint.
Once the paint has been scraped away the same method can be applied to painting. Attach a paintbrush securely to the smaller end of the pole with a string, dip the paintbrush in paint and then paint. It may be easier at this point to spray paint the house instead.
The smaller end of the pole may be a bit too fragile especially if the object used feels weighty. It may be necessary to use the large end of the pole, which is the part that is held when thrashing nuts. Be sure to hold the smaller end at its thickest point that you can hold and still work the pole so that the pole won’t break.
Another valuable asset of a pecan pole is that it also does a good job knocking hard to reach sticks and branches, which fall onto the roof off.