Hi, I have found many tips for painting techniques but none about how to use an extension pole correctly. I use to know but I forgot. Years ago a pro painter showed me how to handle the extension pole so the job is done not only well but with minimal effort. I am exhausting myself due to my mishandling of the tool.
Until I received your question I never put much thought to using a roller pole. I dip the roller and go. But, today I tried to pay attension to what I'm doing with the roller pole and why.
Today I rolled 8 foot walls with a 2-4 foot pole mostly extended. I noticed I grab the pole near the bottom with one hand and the other is positioned near the center. I push the paint roller up the wall with the lower hand and use gravity on the way down. I also pivot the roller with the hand near the center. The hand near the center also applies a little pressure to the roller.
I also noticed that I'm not stretching, most of the time. The rooms I painted have a lot of furniture, so I often adjusted the length of the pole to accommodate the obstacles.
Ceilings are the same basic idea. The lower hand holds the roller at the ceiling and provides a pivot point. While the other hand moved the roller pole back and forth.