I want to hang my own wallcoverings. What tools and equipment do I need?

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I want to hang my own wallcoverings. What tools and equipment do I need?

You probably already have many of the tools needed. Numbers 1 through 16 are those that are always needed for hanging wallcoverings. The remaining ones will be needed for specific types of wallcoverings and/or for special situations. Here’s a tip: good quality tools and sundries always pay off. If you need any of the following, buy the best you can afford!

  1. Yardstick for measuring
  2. Scissors for cutting and trimming
  3. Stepladder
  4. Razor knife or breakaway type knife for trimming
  5. Seam roller for pressing and setting seams
    Caution: Avoid pressing too hard. This can cause all of the paste to be squeezed out which can lead to loose seams.
  6. Wide wall scraper or broad knife
  7. Two-inch putty knife for patching walls
  8. String, colored chalk and weight for making plumb lines
  9. Carpenter’s level or bubble stick (the recommended way to make plumb lines)
  10. Smoothing brush
  11. Buckets
  12. Sponge for rinsing down strips
  13. Sandpaper and/or sandpaper block
  14. Drop cloth or brown kraft paper for protecting floors
    Note: do not use newspapers as the ink may smear)
  15. Screwdriver for removing switch plates and fixtures
  16. Raised working surface for pasting and cutting strips (special tables are available at many wallcovering retailers)
  17. Water tray for wetting prepasted wallcoverings
  18. Paste brush, paint roller or pad applicator for pasting unpasted wallcovering
  19. Miscellaneous sundries for patching and preparing the walls including primer/sealers
  20. Adhesives for unpasted wallcoverings (see manufacturer instructions and/or ask your independent wallcovering retailers for the proper type for your project)
  21. Vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive for overlapping vinyl wallcoverings and special surfaces.