Big Paint With Airless Paint Sprayers

When you were young, did you ever have your parents point at an expanse of weathered wood, hand you a paint can and a brush, and give you something to do for the summer?

barn wall

Now at the best of times painting can be a tedious chore, but when you are young and with the prospect of a long lazy summer ahead of you, it is more akin to torture.

Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to while away pointless hours waving a paint brush around. There are high volume paint applicators that will fit into any budget.

If you are fortunate enough to have access to one of the newer versions of the handheld airless paint sprayers doing your best Tom Sawyer and painting a mile or so of white fence need not be a daunting thought.

miles of white fence

There are, of course, downsides to these sprayers. They can be quite wasteful of paint. As you can imagine, creating a cloud of paint and then spreading it out on the wind virtually ensures that a certain amount of it will not make it to anywhere that it can do any good.

In concert with not making it to the wood surface, somewhat counter-intuitively, it does not apply enough paint on the surface when it does get there. Plopping paint on to old wood with a brush places a lot more at the surface and it sucks in so fast that it can’t be spread around.

With a sprayer, it looks like there is enough paint being applied, but when you look back shortly after you find that all of that bright pretty paint has sucked into the wood and there is a blotchy finish sitting there that needs another coat.

It’s a good thing that a handheld paint gun can put paint on the surface so fast. That next coat will go even faster than the first one. And it’s fun to do.

With the painting project handily handled, it will be time to get on with enjoying the rest of the summer. That’s if the folks don’t decide that since things went so well it leaves time to use the sprayer on the interior walls. Something they do very well.

It’s the painting version of the TV remote. Kids will never know how good they’ve got it.

New Then

If you are addicted to tools, and I am, then the first part of the twenty-first century is pretty much a great time to be alive.


tool wall

You know what I saw at Home Depot yesterday?  A damn battery powered 12 inch compound sliding miter saw. I mean, batteries have sure come a long way, but I never thought they would get this far this fast! I haven’t looked into it yet, but this sucker has two batteries and supposedly is variable voltage and can get up to 120 volts.  I really wonder how that works.

Anyway, not only does it have a lot of power, but supposedly it will cut through 141   2 x 12s. That’s a lot of cutting for a couple of batteries, and tells me that this is actually a viable option. At least for those that have a hefty tool budget. It cost’s $799, not that that seems like all that much for what it is. The corded one is probably in the $600 range.

While I was there I had a look at some of the other cool tools that are out these days. Most of them are battery powered, just because they are doing such amazing things with batteries these days. I imagine a day when batteries don’t burn out in a couple years, that the day of corded tools will be past.

I already have a set of cordless drills, but  I would sure be interested in getting hold of one of the smaller sets for around the house. (Talk about addiction – who needs to sets of these?). Makita has a really nice, small cordless combo kit. It’s only 12 volt, but unless you are doing heavy duty work, that’s all you need around the house. The tools are incredibly light and the specs on the batteries are surprisingly good- especially for the price. Maybe I’ll get one some Christmas.

The other thing that is on my list is a multitool. I have wanted one of them since the commercials hit the airwaves several years ago. I seem to remember they were almost like informercials, running through all the things they could do. My favorite is cutting off door jambs for installing new floors. I don’t know why since I have never really had to do that. Anyway there is a really cool dewalt cordless oscillating tool kit that looks the be about the ultimate. It’s 20 volt and the little battery looks to have enough power to run this tool for as long as you are likely to need it. The pack comes with a bag and a bunch of tools to get you started and a little storage box to help keep things neat. You know how much of a hassle it can be to drag accessories out when they are just rattling around in the bottom of a bag.

And let’s not even talk about the tool boxes I absolutely don’t need and desperately want…

Now Then

Cars and other stuff. Actually, now that I think on it, I should love woodies…

Three Woodies

But, really, I don’t/ though there is something in the idea of rebuilding one of the old cars that has a wooden frame (odd to think of, that).


Never mind that.

You know, lately what I have been getting more interested in is the idea of building a tiny house. Not one to live in myself. Though I could see existing in one for a short period, the fact is that I need some semblance of a house to live in.

The idea is to build a tiny house out of recycled materials. Or at least to figure out how cheaply a decent one could be built with available materials.

tiny house

I have always been interested in the idea of building affordable housing for people. I have never acted on the idea. I am not entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s the financing (good reason, that), or it could just be belief. Whatever the reason, the idea of affordable tiny houses seems doable.

I always enjoyed factory work for two reasons. The idea that when you get done with a days work you can see that you’ve done a days work. The other is the challenge of efficiency. Both seem like a challenge to take on with tiny houses.

They seem to be inordinately expensive for what they are, and I am interested to find out exactly what the reason is for that. Of course there are people operating in the space who are looking to take on the challenge of the tiny house while only giving lip service to the idea of building affordable housing. Their true motive is to maximize their profits – a time honored capitalist motivation.

But there must be others operating in the space who have the best interests of their customers in mind. It might be truly interesting to see just what the space is about. Let’s put that on the list.


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There is nothing new under the sun. Not even you.