Product Type: Harris in Homeware
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One for the boys!
Harris Easy Reach Roller
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Harris Easy Reach Roller
Advantages: A nice roller, that is easily cleaned.
Disadvantages: A bit heavy for my wrists, kept undoing the extension lock and getting covered in paint!
After finally concluding that I had to bite the bullet and re-decorate my bedroom, my hubby (who has graciously declined to help, and feeling guilty for that fact!), took me to Focus to buy everything I would need for such a task, paint, new brushes and due to the fact I am technically a pygmy (well, I would be compared to my 6ft 4" husband!), he also purchased an extendable roller brush to save me having to clamour about on the step ladder, I am not good with heights....even small one's!
The roller in question is - "Harris easy reach roller".
The roller itself is already, before extension, longer than a bog standard roller, with it being a good 2ft long, with it becoming around 3-4ft long once fully extended.
To extend you simply twist the top half of the handle and draw out the inner tube, then simply re-twist in the opposite direction to lock it again once at the desired length.
There is a thick foam handle on the base, making this a comfortable hold hand wise, though is considerably heavier than smaller rollers I have had in the past, meaning that my wrists rather than my hands did feel the pressure the day after, and towards the end of the job, I did end up rollering with two hands.
The extension itself is sturdy, and not once did I feel the roller was loose or unstable, though my problem was more with the locking device.
Due to how heavy I felt this was for me, and due to how big an expanse I had to paint, I found myself swapping the roller from hand to hand, meaning that the locked roller handle, whilst initially having pressure pushed against the locked end counter clockwise, the way it had been locked, eventually had the pressure applied to the locked end clockwise, meaning I was starting to open up the end, so halfway through painting the handle would shoot back inside itself, frightening me yes, bit also spraying me with any excess paint left on the roller at the time(once quite a lot!).
Though I found this to be an annoying problem, if it hadn't been for my methods of painting, I don't think the lock would have opened up until I chose to replace the extended handle, so that is a bonus.
The roller end itself is like so many others out there, material covering on a cardboard tube, though this one is slightly thicker and more fibrous, and stating that it the perfect choice for use on walls and ceilings and with emulsion paint, there are of course others available, replacements and one's for gloss paint too.
The roller held a substantial amount of paint, and didn't drip very much until towards the end of the job, as by this time the roller seemed to be full of paint, but due to me painting over textured wallpaper simply couldn't get into the grooves, so more and more paint was added to over compensate, then the dripping started, luckily only onto myself rather than the carpet!
To clean the roller end was easy to remove, and with a bit of persistence, seemed to come clean quite well, with warm water and fairy liquid, though I have to leave it to air dry for the next time I use it, and this seems to be taking ages!
To buy this currently being sold for around the £8.00 mark at www.focusdiy.co.uk, or in store.
This is a nice enough roller, that maybe would be more suited to a stronger persons use, but for me next time I will let him indoors do the roller parts, due to my girly weak wrists! (It's not a good excuse but I'm sticking with it!)
Thanks for reading x
Summary: A good, but heavy roller.