Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: Julia Gray

TOP TIPS FOR... PAINTING OUTSIDE WALLS WITH summer finally here, now's the time to turn attentions to outdoor DIY. When painting outside walls, work across the building from left to right, or right to left, painting one section of wall at a time.

Do the top half and then the bottom half, repeating for each section in turn. Don't stop painting in the middle of a section because the joins may show.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for the masonry paint or exterior emulsion you're using and ensure that each coat is completely dry before doing another. Remember, the perfect weather for this job is dry, warm but overcast conditions -start as early as possible to make the most of the day. Unless you live in a bungalow, you'll need a long ladder to reach the house's upper floors. Don't go up the ladder unless you're comfortable doing so and be sure to take full safety precautions (see below). If you feel safer with someone holding the bottom of the ladder, wait until there's someone available who can.

Start by erecting the ladder correctly. For every 4m you extend the ladder, it should be 1m away from the house, forming a 75-degree angle. The ladder should also sit on flat, level ground that''s firm and stable.

Secure the ladder at both the top (to the house) and bottom (to the ground) as you work across the house. If you have to rest the top of the ladder against a window, fix a piece of wood across the window first to take the weight. When working on the ladder, never lean across to reach because this is dangerous -always move the ladder so you can reach without stretching. * FOCUS DIY is offering some great discounts on tools and accessories to coincide with Father's Day.

There's 40% off the Bosch 14.4V drill-driver, left, which has variable and reversible speed for better control and is now pounds 35. …

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