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Right tools needed to do job right

October 24, 2004

Tools recommended for hanging wallcovering include: tape measure, plumb bob, scissors, wallboard knife, sponge, roller, wallpaper trough and 8-foot table.

"It's very important to have a very sharp knife," said James E. Neikirk, owner of Neikirk's of Hagerstown. Some knives are made with fresh blades which pop into place when the previous blade is used.

· Neikirk's paperhangers use a wide spackling knife to hold the paper while they cut it.

· A "good sponge" is needed to wash off adhesive that gets on paper when it folds over on itself, Neikirk said. Paste that dries on the surface of the paper has a gloss that won't come off.

· Commercial seam adhesives are available to stick down corners or edges of paper that have come unstuck. Sometimes moistening the edges with a sponge helps, Neikirk said.

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· Borders are versatile. "We probably sell as much borders as wallpaper," Neikirk said. They can be used to frame windows and doors, as chair rails, and to cover uneven edges at the ceiling or floor.

- Sources: James E. Neikirk, Neikirk's of Hagerstown; www.diynet.com.

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