Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

Painting: Power’s Out!

BOOM! The major transformer blew. Off went all of the power. The bright lights, that I was working under, now dark.

 

The spray gun in my hand: nothing more than an idled device of steel and aluminum.

 

In the background, the steady hum of the gas-powered compressor, assuredly still on the job.

 

 

Without notice, popcorning out the 32-feet by 60-feet ceiling stopped cold. The custom designed effect: less than one-half of the application completed.

 

The “blackout” – totally out of my control – reminded me of an important on-the-job lesson.

 

Some things can’t be prevented by (me) the painter. They can’t be prepared for 100 percent either.

 

All you can do is:

 

  1. Shut down the compressor – if you haven’t done it already.
  2. Take a breather. Maybe take a seat on the drop-clothed floor.
  3. Glance around. What can you do while you wait for the power to come back on?

Example: “Do I need to get the spray gun into that bucket of water nearby?”

  1. Look around. What can you clean up and wipe up without access to power or lights?
  2. Find your meal pack. Grab an apple. Enjoy your lunch a little early.
  3. Go with the flow! Eventually, the power will be restored. And, things will get back to normal. (Well, close enough.)
  4. Personal Note: While I waited for the power to return, sitting outdoors in my Blazer was not an option. Temperature with the heat index and full sun exceeded 100 degrees.

 

SPECIAL TIPS: Does it look like your spray work is done for the day?

  1. Flush out and clean the spray hoses the best that you can. Lasso, tie securely, put in storage area provided. Or, on the truck.
  2. The same goes for your spray gun(s), and all other equipment and tools.
  3. Secure and straighten out the work area before you leave. Tightly close and safely store all containers of texturing, paint, thinners, and other products. Also all supplies.

 

And, there’s always tomorrow!

 

Have a great one: friends, e-mailers, likers, and secured followers.

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Everything of value can be put to good use. Rdh

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Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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