Blog Category: Features


“I Promise I Won’t Get All Political”

By erickgatcomb,

Staying Neutral in Today’s Hyper-Partisan Climate The only thing I like writing about more than paint is politics. It’s my forte. Political commentaries were what I cut my teeth on. The cluttered office mess I call Gatcomb Central Command is a noisy place. Cable news is on 24 hours a day. People call to ask  … Read more

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Just a Kid Following a Dream

By Jerry Rabushka,

Zack Harris paints up the coast of Maine. Zachary Harris knew what he was going to do by the time he hit 15. He chased a dream, the dream came true, and he lives that dream every day simply by going to work. Of all things he likes, painting tops the list. So he works  … Read more

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Seven Ways That Tape Can Save The Day

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  A broken bucket handle or cracked shop-vac aren’t just minor annoyances on the job site—they’re common frustrations that can cost you money in delays, unnecessary trips to the hardware store, and expensive repairs or replacements. Instead of falling behind on your next project, consider keeping a professional grade duct tape on hand as your  … Read more

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Out on a Rail

By Jerry Rabushka,

Sanding a Tough Exterior We posed a project scenario: you’ve got to sand an old splintery neglected exterior deck rail. How do you do it without getting wood in your hands or throwing down your abrasives in disgust? Festool and Blue Dolphin help “smooth” the way, and they both agree: life begins at 80!    … Read more

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Hard Working, Easy Going

By Jerry Rabushka,

   Skyler Painting in Nashville, Tennessee “When I’m working and painting and doing what I like to do, time flies by really fast.”           Justin Dorland will tell you he was lucky, but you could argue it was more of a reward for plain hard work. People around him with faith in  … Read more

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I’ll Drink to That

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   Stay Hydrated When It’s Hot Contributed by Western Specialty Contractors   Summer is a great time for construction work, but can be brutal for painters and construction workers in general. Excessive heat and sun exposure pose significant dangers, such as sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Every year, construction workers become  … Read more

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

By erickgatcomb,

Or: Yard sale good at full scale prices by Erick T. Gatcomb, Owner, Gatcomb Painting and Design, Hancock, ME Never negotiate on skilled labor. If you’re willing to come down on your price, it tells me you either marked it up or you’re desperate. I’d like to invite you all to the annual Gatcomb Painting  … Read more

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Moore to Know About Primer

By Jerry Rabushka,

Benjamin Moore and Kelly-Moore get the project started.    .  Primer. Who needs it? You do, probably, but some of your clients might not agree. They’ve been reading and watching and they’re not stupid and their paint says one coat, so don’t you go acting like you need to prime just so you can change  … Read more

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A Shout-Out to the Superstars

By erickgatcomb,

Good News About Painters Boy, it’s really been a month of rejection and dejection. After a year or more of developing one best-selling idea after another, it seems that none of the major networks are interested in my reality show ideas. I figured Wet Your Whistle with Erick Gatcomb would have been a hit. This  … Read more

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The Man Behind the Beard

By Jerry Rabushka,

       Tyler Hansen of Beachwood, NJ   Showing up with a beard in a land of razors might not always get you the job—but neither, some say, does putting that razor to work and looking like you’re too young to know a quart from a gallon. New Jersey painter Tyler Hansen goes out  … Read more

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