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Painters Wear Boots And You Gotta Believe Me

 
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:31 PM   #1
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Painters Wear Boots And You Gotta Believe Me


"All right now!

Painters wear boots and you gotta believe me
Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies
Yeah painters wear boots and you gotta believe me
I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes,

Well all right now!

So I went to the doctor
See what he could give me
He said son, son, you’ve gone too far.
’cause rollin’ and tippin’ is all that you do."

Whenever it's time for me to get some new boots, I'm reminded of my (late) mentor
He refused to wear boots on the job, and didn't like it when I did
"Painters don't wear boots" he'd scowl
"Carpenters wear boots" he'd say

Well I love my workboots, and I'll get another pair, but I was curious what other painters wear and why
Safety? Pride? Comfort?

Whatchyall got on yer feet?
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Old 02-01-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Boots?
We just convinced one of our female employees that bunny slippers
were not professional, and they clash with our uniform.
Most of the time good running shoes is what we use.
Pretty tough and uncomfortable to wear boots and paint miles
of baseboards in a carpeted home.

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I've got an old pair of Wolverines that are more comfortable than tennis shoes, especially after going up and down ladders all day.
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Nike basketball shoes....pretty much all I ever wear working or not.
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I Voted Boots, but thats because its winter, summer time is time for good trailrunning sneakers.
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We all wear boots around here. At work or not.
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Slick, you're a poet and don't know it! I wear clean, indoor only Nikes.
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I love that song!!!!

Size 13.5, double wide. It's all about the girth.

All year long, and just 2 minutes ago:
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...It's all about the girth
That's what I hear over in tools, they say a Fat Max beats a long Johnson
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Im a boot man myself. I used to wear old sneakers and that was it, but I would wear them out in no time and before long I was using my good pair of sneakers as painting shoes. Never really realized about taking good care of my feet until I had a nail pierce strait through the sole of my sneaker and put me out of work for a while. Now i use work boots, they are more durable ( a good pair of work boots lasts me about 2 years), they have great ankle support, and better grip for slippery surfaces. When I buy a new pair of boots I keep the old pair as spraying boots and try to keep the new pair as clean as possible for working inside.
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Approach shoes! Rock climbers use them while getting to the place they want to climb. Good rubber all up the sides and toe and back, steel shanks, very light weight and very comfortable. They are just like a normal sneaker except nearly indestructable and amazing grip. I swear by these, and my feet never tire when standing on ladders thanks to the shanks. If you can find these try them out you wont regret it.
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Boots........but I haven't found a pair that would hold out longer than a little less than a year. I climb, jump and walk those babies right off my feet.

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No steel toes here. Just for kickin ***** I reckon.

They are called Brahma Defenders. El Cheapos from some mart or another.
These have lasted about 2 years though, and probably cost less than $50.
Waterproof, cusioned insole, and non-marking soles. If I say anything else, this thread will be marked for spam.
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I wear boots on most jobs as it's health & safety law here. You can be kicked off the job if a H&S inspector catches you without the right kit; having said that I've never seen a H&S inspector Most of my work is for builders (contractors) but I like to keep a pair of clean trainers in the van for private jobs going into peoples nice clean houses. I am getting some white waterproof wellington boots for spraying though.
like these: white, waterproof and non slip with steel toe caps
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My druthers are absolutely, positively, my trademark, mostly white with some blue crosstrainers. I've always liked higher end reebocks, but i"m done with them and their squeaky ways. Right now have new balance 608, but I don't like them either. Lost without reebocks, but am going to try nike healthwalkers next or maybe the approach shoes mentioned above.
Something with a wide arch is necessary for use on ladders and to last the whole day.


Boots when necessary, like union work or new construction exteriors.
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Not bad, another rotting thread exhumed, this was close to two years old. What's the record ? One would think this was NCIS or Bones

When I was painting, interior that is, I'd wear Converse Jack Purcell sneakers. White sneaks with whites look real sharp. The real reson was that the soles were SMOOTH - no lugs, no grooves, no treads for paint to get into. If ya stepped in paint (or dog mess) the soles were easy to wipe off. Customers don't appreciate stuff being tracked around their homes, and I didn't like paint foot prints on my drops.

But ya can't find those sneaks anymore, so I wear whatever is comfortable. Not boots though, I have hard enough trouble picking my feet up.

Job I was on a few months ago, the lady said the exterior painters were wearing flip flops. Flip flops on ladders ??? WOW! But she couldn't say anything to them because they didn't speak English.

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Interesting discussion. We discussed this very issue during an OSHA 10-hour class I finished today for a painting contractor in Mass. About half the class (10 total) liked boots, the other sneakers.

The question is..... what does OSHA say?

In general OSHA does not specify the types of shoes that each individual trade must wear. However they do specifiy that each employer MUST determine if therre are hazards that exist in their workplace or work practices which warrant foot protection. In regards to typical residential construction here is a quote from a joint OSHA/NHBA publication.

Residential construction workers must wear shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles (to prevent slipping and puncture wounds).
Safety-toed shoes are recommended to prevent crushed toes when working with heavy rolling equipment or falling objects.

This publication is a good place to start if you do not have a safety program in place for your company. Check it out at

http://www.osha.gov/doc/jobsite/index.html

My advice to contractors is to institue policy that requires sturdy footwear, or work shoes, or work boots. The burden is on the employer and OSHA will typically look favorably on contractors who have analyzed their environments and practices and then developed policies to promote safety.

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We've had many a paperhanger in the NGPP who say some customers insist that NO SHOES be worn in their house.

WRONG!!!

Thanks for posting that Mndrk, next time I hear someone mention that, I'll let them know it's against OSHA rules

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