TEDIOUS painting projects around the home can be undertaken more quickly and safely by using specialist tools and equipment.
A big range of paint sprayers, burners and sanders, as well as ladders and trestles for reaching high places, can be hired from companies such as Kennards , which has 79 centres across Australia.
For small, fiddly painting jobs, involving small fences, lattice and decorative ironwork, a high volume low pressure (HVLP) sprayer can be used. The unit is tradesman-quality, but ideal for do-it-yourselfers because of its portability and ease of operation.
With most spray guns, you need a compressor, but this unit can be taken home in the boot of your car, and you don't need a mechanical degree to operate it.
For covering larger areas, an airless paint sprayer is recommended. While more commonly used by tradesmen, competent home improvers can quickly learn to use it.
Two types of paint burners - electric and gas - can also be hired. The gas burner has a naked flame, but this is not the case with the electric model which blows out a stream of hot air and has paint curling off doors, windows and other woodwork in no time.
Five types of paint sanders are available, including triangle sanders for corners and windows and a new Giraffe sander for plasterboard on interior walls and ceilings.
For reaching high places easily and safely, you can hire aluminium trestles, which are height adjustable and come in sizes, from 1.8m up to 4.8m.
Also available are extension ladders, in four sizes up to 12.6m and step ladders in six sizes from 1.8m to 4.8m.