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How to install wallpaper.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Paint roller and paint/water tray (though not for paint, but
wallpaper adhesive-prep use; fill tray with either water or
wallpaper paste activator, depending on wallpaper type)
Wallpaper paste activator
Long water tray
Sponge, large size
Wide drywall taping knife
Wanting to make a dramatic change to the interior
of your house? Well, installing wallpaper in your house may be the improvement project for you. With a
little sweat and effort, such an installation can transform the
inside look of your house in no time.
Caution: Of course, when dealing with sharp
objects, such as a pair of scissors/shears, a carpenter's knife, make sure you take
precautions. When dealing with heights, such as with the use
of a ladder, make sure you take precautions. When dealing with chemicals, such as those found
in wallpaper adhesives, make sure you take
precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.
Installing wallpaper can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
Neatly lay down tarps
underneath wherever you will be wetting your wallpaper strips
and installing each strip.
wallpaper, you'll want to start out at the corner of a room,
specifically at the very beginning of a wall that joins this
corner: With a yardstick, tape measure or ruler placed
horizontally at the beginning of the wall, measure out the width of one sheet of
wallpaper, minus a half an inch of the actual wallpaper width,
and mark this wallpaper width--again, minus a half an inch of the
actual width--on the wall with a pencil.
Then, with a carpenter's level or straightedge, draw a straight,
vertical line through the aforementioned pencil mark, from the
ceiling down to the floor.
Using the yardstick, ruler or a tape measure, measure the height of
the wall, and with this obtained height measurement, consider and
choose what part of the pattern of the wallpaper you want to start
at the very beginning of this wall, and then, with this pattern
arrangement in mind, cut the wallpaper strip to 4 inches longer than
the length size of the wall measured previously.
cut-to-size wallpaper strip, loosely roll it up with the
adhesive side on the outside of this rollup, and drench it in a
paint tray (or longer water tray) full of water per the
wallpaper manufacturer's instructions. Alternatively, if
the wallpaper and paste activator manufacturers' instructions
permit, use a paint roller to wet the wallpaper strip with
wallpaper paste activator instead of submerging the wallpaper in
just water. (In no case should you submerge a wallpaper
strip in a paste activator, use a paint roller to carefully
apply such a product.)
Upon wetting the
wallpaper strip in preparation of placing it on the wall, handle
the wallpaper strip as so to bring it to the wall to be covered
in a proper fashion: As you remove the wallpaper form the
water tray, using a table/desk for support, as may be necessary,
have the finished side of the wallpaper strip resting on the
table, fold the top 2/3 of the strip with the adhesive side this
time on the inside and then fold the remaining 1/3 over itself,
all without creasing any part of the wallpaper in the process.
Carefully carry this folded (though without creases) wallpaper strip
to the wall where it will be installed: When the wallpaper
strip is brought to the wall, carefully unravel the top of the
wallpaper strip so as to immediately set this portion of the
wallpaper strip in place on the wall, using the pencil marking made
previously as a guide and making sure that at least 2 inches of this
strip overextend onto the ceiling.
While still holding onto the rest of the wallpaper strip, unravel
the rest of it so as to carefully adhere the rest of it to the wall,
again following the pencil marking made previously as a guide.
Examine this first installment of wallpaper, making sure that all of
the wallpaper has been gently pressed down to adhere to the wall,
and that any wallpaper adhesive that becomes visible is quickly
wiped up with either a sponge or cloth/rag.
Caution: In this process, you may have to use a ladder to
install the top portions of wallpaper strips, etc. Be careful,
watch your step; read all product manufacturer instructions.
Trim the first
installment of wallpaper: Using a wide drywall taping knife
as a holder when placed against the wallpaper strip on the wall,
cut the excess overlaps of the wallpaper at the top/ceiling and
bottom/floor at a low angle with a carpenter's knife (with a
really sharp blade).
You are now ready
to apply the other wallpaper strips alongside the first one
above, installing each one separately on their own, one at a
time, of course. For the installation of each such
additional wallpaper strip, generally follow the above steps
1-5. Make sure that for each wallpaper strip that each is
installed on the wall in alignment with the pattern of the
previously installed wallpaper strip, and that the edges
neighboring wallpaper strips only touch each other all as part
of a making a neat seam; make sure the edges are flattened with
the roll of a seam roller 20 minutes after the installation of
each new wallpaper strip. Repeat the above steps and take
this step into consideration until all wallpaper strips have
been successfully installed.
That's how to install wallpaper.
Handyman Zone Team
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