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Anyone using a paint pole?

John Kogel

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I use a 16' extension pole with a small camera tripod taped to a paint roller handle. I used black electrical tape so it looks professional. [:)]

I've taken lots of tricky roof pics with it. I use a Fuji camera that has a 10 sec timer.

Today, no roof access, 4 storey building. My unit was on the ground floor. I got into a stairwell and found this window, took out the screen and got these shots.

The white spots are seagull poop. Excellent distribution. I don't know how they do it.

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That is clever. Have you ever put your camera on video?

I have tried it once or twice, but need to learn to capture still pics quickly from video.

I like to give my client a disc with the pics onsite, so to save time, still shots with the timer feature works. The old Fuji Finepix is one camera that does that. I had an HP camera that would take 2 timed shots, but I slammed it on a roof and broke it. I take a series of shots, load the results into my laptop, and can show the client what the roof looks like, all in about 10 minutes.

I have a pruning pole attachment that can increase the reach to about 25 feet, but that is an awkward sucker when you're up on a balcony. Have only done that twice and it's a grunt. The short pole, 8 or 10 times a year.

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I bit and bot (the eye-stick). It has paid for itself already. I downloaded software to use to 'pick' snap-shots out of the movie I take..

Put the camera on the stick, put it in movie mode.... start it... raise it... walk it... bring it down.. back the office, I 'pick' snaps out, put them in the report and junk the movie..

A great tool.. you can put it out a window and do the same thing.. Software is "VLC media Player"... I'm not a software guy.. but it's working like a charm..

You end up with great movies of yourself grunting on the job and squinting.. :)

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Isn't the white object center left edge in the bottom photo a roof access hatch?

I find those locked with padlocks sometimes. Sometimes, a judicious tap with a ballpeen in just the right spot and they pop right open. Later on the hatch can be relocked with the same lock.



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