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Old 03-09-2006, 07:14 PM
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Hi y'all,

Here's my latest adventure. This is a ceiling in an office building. The foyer is 3 stories high (about 40 feet) and there's a barrel ceiling that is to be painted. The blue part is the ceiling, the black things are pipes for a sprinkler system and the chandelier.


Here's the design that was decided on. It's sort of a stained-glass effect, abstract design. The gold thing in the center represents the chandelier.



Here's the gadget that will get me up there to do the work. It's called a boom lift, and it's scary. I have to stand in the basket-thingy on the left and then the arms raise up. Yikes!



I had a lesson on how to drive this thing this morning, and was up on it painting tonight. In between, I had a panic attack!

Stay tuned. We'll see if I can get back on this thing tomorrow!

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Old 03-09-2006, 07:38 PM
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Oh Ruth, you poor thing!
I was supposed to have a job with a scissor lift for the exterior of a new restaurant....and they changed their minds...thank GOD! I was terrified.
But knew I would get used to it....I remember when I hated my 8 foot ladder...hahah....now it feels like a step stool.
Can't wait to see this project unfold.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:59 PM
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Holy Mackerel, Ruth!!! I'm so glad there are brave people like you to get into these contraptions... I guess I'm hoping I never have to, but then again, if I get busy enough to need to, I could afford to get braver, right?

Congratulations, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Oh My Gawd!
Looking forward to seeing the results
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Ruth!

I would be having panic attacks too...YIKES! Well they have the right person to make that ceiling beautiful! Can't wait to see if finished!

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I did get back on that contraption today. I managed to get a little painting done, even! This is as far as I got with it. I had to take a 3-hour lunch break to allow the welders to install railings on the 2nd floor balcony. Tomorrow I'll get someone to take a photo of me way up there painting.



Everyone seems to like it so far.

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I am so looking forward to seeing you up there!

Ruth, this already is pretty...it remids me of torn, overlapped tissue we used to experiemnt with in art class. Are you using acrylics?

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Hi, Ruth,

What is there not to like, even in your early stage? It is lovely! I know those scissor lifts might seem scary but they are really sturdy and allow you the comfort to let the paint flow! I know your lovely art will make this building a showpiece! WAY TO GO!!!

I'm looking forward to seeing the finale

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Here's how I left it today, about 5 - 6 hours' work. (ouch)


A close-up...


One of the painters tried to take a pic of me, but he couldn't figure out my digital camera. I'll try again tomorrow.

See ya later, all you down-to-earth folks.

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Sunday. I could hardly move to get out of bed this morning, but I made it over to the construction site eventually. However, the machine decided it didn't want to cooperate today. It kept doing its "whoop whoop whoop" thing every few minutes. I would just get up high and start painting, and the alarm would go off. Bring it down, level it, go up again, start painting, and "whoop" it goes again. After four or five times, I'd had enough. I can learn to fly faster than this.

Anyway, here are a couple of photos of me way up there.





Foreman is going to call rental company tomorrow morning and see what we can do. The saga continues.....

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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk you are so high up there!
40 feet...you are one brave woman!
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Wow that is high! Well, you were sore anyway! I guess you needed a break!
That ceiling is turning out so beautiful...REALLYl!

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Ruth, I have nothing but total admiration for you. Firstly 40 feet up in a thinga-me-jig that keeps going up and down, and then bending your neck and looking up for 5 to 6 hours in a day, not to mention having your arm up in the air for that length of time. Boy oh boy, you are an amazing lady. And your work is really stellar.

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Re: ceiling mural job

I'm seriously feeling my heart beat a little faster seeing you up there! Aaackk!!! WHY can we see your feet through the bottom??!!! Please tell me you are standing on some sort of plexiglass or acrylic or thick glass or clear something-or-other.

Your work is coming along beautifully, however.

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