Sash tools are generally made with a chisel edge, but not always. They are intended for painting the muntins of the sash, for cutting in chamfers and the edges of the trim, and other places where a small brush is needed.
The "man-help" is a convenient little tool used for fastening a brush to the end of a broom stick or long pole, for reaching peaks of gables, flagstaffs, and other inaccessible places. It is made of malleable iron and is adjustable to any angle.
When the job is finished, the brushes should be thoroughly washed out with benzine or naph tha. If the brushes are to be laid away and not
used at once, a strong soap suds or lather made with some of the soap powders should be well worked into the brush, which should then be carefully pressed into proper shape, taking care not to squeeze out this lather, and laid away flat on a shelf. When the brush is to be used again, it should first be washed out to get rid of all the soap.
Helpful Hints. When working on a ladder, the pot is generally suspended from the rung of the ladder just below the workman's hands by means of a pot hook. The object, of course, is to leave the hands free and not to require them to travel far in going from the pot to the work.
If the body of the building is a light color, the trim being much darker, it is well to carry the body color over trim and all on the second coat, using the trim color on the last coat only. As the painter comes down the house, the cor nice will be painted with the trim color, cutting in panels with the body color if this is required. On the next shift down, the body color is first painted, and then the trims, as corners and round windows; and this process is repeated at each downward shift, whether working on a swing staging, or from extension ladders, or from a plank carried by scaffold brackets on two ladders.
If the trim is lighter in color than the body, the trim must be carried through the second coat in its proper color as well as through the third coat.
One special word of caution: Be very care ful not to drop paint from your brush down the sides of the building. The best way to avoid this is to drain the brush of superfluous color before you take it from the pot, and for this the wire stretched across the middle of the pot will be useful. Drops of paint, of a different color, splashed against the side of a house, cannot be perfectly removed in any way. If you attempt to rub them out, they will always show.
Outside blinds should be taken off and laid upon trestles to paint. This should never be done in a cellar or in any other damp place. Better results will be obtained if this work is done on the second floor than in a room without a cellar underneath.