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Hanging wallpaper - Welcome to our guide to hanging...

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Welcome to our guide to hanging wallpaper, we have split this tutorial into two parts, in this part we will cover roll calculation, wall preparation, order of hanging, marking out and cutting the lengths. If you intend to hang lining paper and haven't yet then see our guide to hanging lining paper. To complete this task you will need the following items: Wall Covering (wallpaper) Suitable Wallpaper Paste Wallpaper Pasting Brush Decorating table (pasting table) Suitable filler (if required) along with a suitable applicator Wallpaper Seam Roller Tape Measure Spirit Level Blunt Pencil Paperhanging brush Suitable Scissors When working at heights always ensure that the structure is safe and secure. Never stretch out, always get down and re-position the scaffold. Buying Wallpaper. If you have already purchased sufficient wall covering then scroll down to the next section. First a few notes about buying wallpaper. When you buy a wall covering ensure that each roll is exactly the same as the rest including batch number and shade number. Also it is better to buy one roll too many (for spare) than end up with not enough to finish the project. Wall coverings come in a variety of types including self-pasting, washable, peelable and so on, most manufacturers use symbols to indicate wallpaper type, you can find a list of common symbols in our guide to wallpaper product labels . Roll Calculation To calculate how many rolls of wall covering are needed use a simple calculation: 1. Measure the perimeter of the room and then divide this figure by the width of the roll ( X ). 2. Divide the length of the roll by the drop + 10cm ( Y ). 3. Divide X by Y to give the number of rolls needed. An example, say the perimeter of the room (including windows/doors) is 14m and the width of the roll is 0.6m then X = 24 (rounded up). and let's say the roll length is 11m and the drop (+10cm) is 2.5 so Y = 4.4 Dividing X by Y gives us 24 ÷ 4.4 = 5.45 , so we need 6 rolls to complete the project.
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Preparing the Walls If you have already prepared the walls then skip to the next section. If the walls have an old covering then remove it (see our guide to stripping wallpaper ) for some tips. Inspect the wall surfaces for cracks, holes, loose plaster and any other imperfections. For small cracks use a suitable fine filler, for larger cracks and holes use a stronger more suitable filler (see manufacturer's instructions).
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