10 Tricks for Painting Your Home's Exterior

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Author's Note: 10 Tricks for Painting Your Home's Exterio

I will never paint the exterior of my house for one reason: I am scared of climbing ladders. I'm not afraid of heights — it's the fall that gets me. My kids make fun of me relentlessly, pointing out each time my neighbor ascends a ladder to clean out his gutters or repair some aluminum siding. In my defense, my fears are perfectly grounded. Falls from ladders are the leading cause of injury and death among construction workers — 605 workers were killed in 2009 alone and more than 200,000 were seriously injured by falls from ladders [source: CDC]. And I've seen enough slapstick comedies to know that when the father climbs a tall ladder, painful hilarity ensues. Which brings me to the second reason I will never paint the exterior of my house: It's brick.

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