Blog Category: Features


I’ll Drink to That

By Contributing Writer,

   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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Batting Cleanup

By joshbohm,

    Better Cleaning Means Less Callbacks The dreaded callback. Just hearing the word strikes fear into even the most experienced painter! There are fewer surefire ways to cut your profit and time down to nearly nothing than having to return to a jobsite to fix something that shouldn’t have been an issue before. One  … Read more

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Get to Know a Roller

By Jerry Rabushka,

Get to know a roller…and a frame, too! You get a better job out of your crew—and even your boss (shhh!)—if you know how they work, and the same goes for the products you use. Knowing the secret ways and wiles of a paint roller can help you get the best performance out of it  … Read more

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The Choice is Yours

By Jerry Rabushka,

New Options in Applicators Our project painter Jim Estes told us a story from back when he was a young buck and showed his boss his new-fangled angled brush. “What do you think of this?” he asked.The boss took a quick look and flung it out the window. “If you can’t cut in with a  … Read more

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All Hands on Deck!

By joshbohm,

  Exterior Stains for Summer, a talk with Armstrong-Clark With all this weird weather going on, it’s hard to realize it (snow in April, come on!), but summer is almost here. With the change in season comes a change in priorities for homeowners that want to get their outdoor entertaining areas ready for a summer  … Read more

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I Won’t Tell If You Don’t

By erickgatcomb,

       A while back, I was at the pub listening to a guy unload his business woes. He was a drywaller and had recently gone out on his own. He seemed to know his business. (You’d be surprised how many people around here call themselves drywallers but have never heard the term Level  … Read more

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