Pay Attention to Where You Put Your Paint Bucket

Back when he was a young painter, Kobriger was painting a ceiling. “So number one rule…when you’re rolling a room, you don’t have a tray of paint anywhere… that stuff gets spilled.”

Instead, painters typically use a five-gallon bucket with a screen and about four inches of paint at the bottom. In this case, Kobriger’s bucket was on the floor, and he was using an extension pole so he could dip the roller into the bucket while on his ladder.

“I just remember getting sidetracked,” says Kobriger. “And as I’m climbing down the ladder, I put my foot right into that bucket!” In addition to scraping his shin on the screen, his shoe was saturated. The lesson here is to stay alert and always pay attention to where you put your tools.

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