Learning Something Cool

I probably should have Googled it, but instead I let it rattle around in my brain. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I would find the answer, but rather that I didn’t think an answer existed. It turns out that I was completely wrong.

I’ve been painting my guest room for the past couple of days. I wrote about the ceiling and the pink paint that turned white after it dried. (You can read about it here) This has been an ongoing process because there were holes to patch and sand, primer to cover over some ghastly drawings, the ceiling and other things. Just the other day, I broke two paint rollers in the same day. One snapped off at the handle and the other came loose inside the handle and started swinging side to side. In case you were wondering, these were cheap rollers that came with paint trays. I’m no painting expert, so I thought they would be good enough. Perhaps I was wrong.

So, today, while I was picking up the paint–a shade simply called “Graceful” in English and “Avec Grace” in French (There should be a circumflex on the a.) –I decided to purchase a better roller. I am not sure I needed to spend the extra money, but I suspect I made a wise purchase. I thought it was going to be twelve dollars, but after checking the receipt just before I typed this, I discovered that they only charged me ten. While waiting for the can to shake up, I asked the friendly woman at the paint counter the thing that had been rattling around in my brain.

I asked if there was a special way to put the paint rollers on because mine kept rolling off the roller and had to be readjusted almost constantly. It was frustrating, but I just kept adjusting it. I wasn’t expecting an answers, but she said, yes there was. She mumbled something about direction and rolling, then said she couldn’t quite remember, but would Google it for me. She couldn’t find what she was looking for but hailed a passing clerk and he explained that the rollers had a natural direction of travel and that if you rolled one in your hand it would be clear which direction the roller travelled in. That direction was the one you inserted first so the roller would always be travelling against the stop at the inside end of the roller handle.

He also explained that the cage on my paint roller was better. Since I had already decided on purchasing the roller, I didn’t think he was upselling me. I have included a picture of the roller above and you can be the judge. It was then that I felt I was making the right choice.

I went home and tried the method and surprise surprise it worked. The roller did not come off the handle. I probably should have looked up painting hacks before I went to the store–but that’s what the paint counter at the store is for. Knowing this won’t change my life, but it will change my painting life just like the trick with the squeeze mustard bottle has changed my food preparation life. Getting an answer to something that was frustrating me is Today’s Perfect Moment. It is probably true that it never hurts to ask.

Is there some question that you would like to know the answer to? I probably don’t have an answer, but maybe one of my readers will. If you ask, you might possibly get an answer.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to Learning Something Cool

  1. Margie says:

    Or directions

  2. idlecyclist says:

    Cool! I didn’t know that and I’ve done a lot of DIY painting 😊

  3. bgddyjim says:

    You get what you pay for, brother. If they have to give it to you to get rid of it, that’s all you need to know. Being a professional, the only exception is Ryobi tools.

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