Tools of the trade.
I drive a big van for my business. There is easily over 1000 lbs. of extra stuff in the van for "just in case" situations. Today, one of those moments happened. I was contracted to finish some new drywall at a job. The job included taping joints and taping the edges that were butted up to the ceilings that had texture to not be messed with. The room had a 'skip trowel or modeled' texture that was to be matched. I didn't get a picture of the current texture in the room, but the first pic is my product before priming.
Picture 2: is the texture I had to match in the other room. I came to this job prepared to use a compressor, hopper, and spun up mud to produce the standard orange peel or knockdown. This job had neither of those textures.
Picture 3 is the swept effect I was able to achieve with a tool I fashioned from parts in my van, I'll explain next.
Now, I walked out into the larger room and after taping the joints and to the ceiling, I looked at the texture on the walls adjacent to my work. Humm, I noticed a combination of modeled and swept texture, I didn't have a stiff bristle brush to do this effect. I tried to remove the handle of my broom, couldn't separate the head from the handle. So, I scanned over the rest of the van for other tools to use, my shelf with chip brushes, yes those cheap brushes used to sample colors and other small touch ups, but 1 - 3 inch brush isn't going to do much in a timely manner. So, I took a paint stick, laid 2 brushes end to end, cut the stick the length of the brushes, taped it all together and Ta daaaaa!
Picture 4: I present to you the Swepter 6200! Yes, I could have called it the brush tool, or swept tool 2000 or even 2.0, but come on, Swepter 6200 can have a whole line up with different sizes and be called LE, SE, XL and so on.
I'll prime and paint after a night of drying to complete the job. The homeowners will come home to the finished walls(they erected) and sweet aroma of LEED, GREEN, and 0 V.O.C.(Volatile Organic Chemicals) paint.
I snapped a couple pics to finish out this segment of finished product. The 5th pic is the skip trowel and the final pic is of my work in the gray tan color and just beyond is the texture I matched. Not sure how well that will show up, but there it is.
1/26/2023 11:49:40 am
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Matt, family man, husband, gardener, business owner, also taekwondo student and hopes of becoming an inventor.