Site vs Domestic, why the conflict?

Following on from a comment made on a painter forum I use, I thought I would write down my comments and thoughts on my blog. It's played on my mind for a week or so now but I've only had the time to write it down now.The post made was, at first, a gripe about site painters and how rough they are. Basically generalising a whole raft of decorators on the basis some are toshers. I'll stop here for a second and go a bit more in depth on what I mean. Site painters, in the eyes of most deccies, are...

Quick update

The past month has been mega busy on site so haven't had the time to blog, same goes with my spanish studies! I suppose it's always better to be busy than nothing at all so I can't complain too much. Looks like I could be where I am for a few months yet, hopefully with the flexibility to fit in a couple of jobs as well. Since I started up my own business this January, I haven't looked back. The first four months of the year have been hectic and I am enjoying the fruits of my hard work. Feels ...

Eternal Winter

StartFragmentAs I've had a day off today due to the snow, thought I'd update the blog. Being self employed days like this are not profitable to me. Basically I don't work I don't get paid. No sick pay for me. I did actually make it to work, however where I have to park was too slippy and as I almost crashed three times on route decided to cut my losses and stay at home.It seems like this winter has been going on for ages, normally we can do some exterior work at this time of year but not this...

Last Minute Letdowns

Sometimes in work, things will happen that you just have no control over. Like jobs getting put back because of adverse weather conditions, part of a building collapsing, the work programme falling behind or just not enough money to continue. In recent years I've seen that happen a few too many times. Also you get times when a client will pull out of a job just before starting. This happened to us this week. Four hours before in fact. When this happens it can have a severe knock on effect. Yo...

Weapons of choice

Over the years you come across and use various brushes and rollers some you love some you hate but you get a feel for them all. The difference in the cheaper tools is obvious to see from the minute you use them, bristles flying out at crazy angles, rollers holding little to no paint and breaking up after a couple of walls. This why all painters will say if you buy good tools and look after them they will look after you.My brushes of choice currently are Purdy brushes. Was introduced to them a...

Health and Insanity

StartFragmentAfter working in the trade for 17 years you get used to the various changes in health and safety. In the main it is a wonderful thing, nobody wants to be injured at work and the guidelines we have in place do help prevent accidents. Myself I have only had one accident, about 6 years ago when hanging contract vinyl wallpaper the stanley knife slipped from the straight edge I was splicing along, bounced up and cut through the tip of my middle finger on my left hand. Not a nice expe...