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    November 3, 2017
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    How to Hang Wall Paper

    Remove and scrape current wallpaper. Some papers will take some effect to remove and you may need a steamer. Wash any painted walls. Hang a wallpaper liner or primer first at where the existing wall is darker than the new wallpaper. The walls shall be measured correctly. The height of the wall should be measured from baseboard to ceiling in a few different areas to get the average maximum height. Add an extra 4 inches to the maximum height measurement.


    Hold wallpaper against the wall, line up pattern as needed, then add an extra 4 inches before cutting. Match up the second strip with the first strip patterns, mark each at top and bottom and cut.

    To line up the wallpaper vertical or parallel to the wall, mark a straight line on the wall. Use a plumb line or device or tool that can be improvised. Dip the line with coloured chalk and attach weight to the end. Fasten or hang the string at the top of the wall from the ceiling. Fasten both end and snap the line against the wall to mark a straight line from the ceiling to the floor.

    Pre-pasted wallpaper should be soaked in lukewarm water. Remove the paper out of the water and fold the strip with the pasted side inside making a small fold at the top and a bigger fold at the bottom. Soak the strip for the suggested amount of time in the water.

    Un-pasted wallpaper should be laid strip face down on a worktable. Spread the adhesive evenly with a pasting brush from the centre to the edges

    Begin the hanging of the wallpaper at a isolated or hidden place in the room behind a door, or a shelf, or at the edge or joint at door frame and wall. Line up the top section of the wallpaper strip with the plumb line permitting 2 inches of overlap at the ceiling. Smooth the strip with a brush from the centre to the edges removing any air pockets. Unfold the bottom section and check the alignment with the plumb line. Sponge off any paste with clean water, then cut the excess paper at top and bottom with a work knife.

    Repeat the same procedure with the second strip ensuring the two strips touch but do not overlap.

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