handyman wallpaper resized 600Handyman Trims Wallpaper

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You don’t need to be a handyman to trim wallpaper. You just need a super-sharp razor, a straightedge, and a steady hand. Trimming the paper gives the wall a finished look.

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Installing wallpaper is not a pleasant task, but many people like the finished look. After you measure the length of the drop, you will activate the paste (usually get the back of the paper wet), let it book (let the paper sit after folding the adhesive sides together), and then hang it on the wall. Push out the large air bubbles and get the first drop to sit right on your plumb line.  Move to the next drop and hang it in the same manner, then go back and trim the first drop.

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Use a new blade to cut the paper. A break-away blade is great because you don’t have to continually change blades, you simply snap off the old one and you have a fresh sharp edge to use. Most of your cuts will be at either the ceiling or the baseboard. Use a straightedge or taping knife and hold it where the surfaces meet. For example, push the knife on the wall to where it meets the baseboard and run the razor along the edge. You always want the knife to protect the wall while you cut. Don’t place the taping knife on top of the baseboard and cut as you will cut the paper too short. Plus if you use a dull razor, you could end up tearing the drop and have to start over.

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