We have a routine for papering. We decide where to start laying the strips, measure the length, snap a chalk line and papering begins. While Mike is expertly smoothing on the wet paper, after I check for the pattern repeat, I measure and cut the next strip before dousing it in the water trough. By this time, he is back at the top of the ladder and ready to accept the booked paper. We repeat the process until the walls are covered.
I thought removing the black and white striped wallpaper in the downstairs bath would be quick and easy. This was not the first wallpaper in that bathroom. The first was an all over design of half-inch red bicycles on a white background. When I tired of it, we put up the stripes. Both papers were the pre-pasted variety. Unfortunately, I didn’t prime the drywall after I scraped/pulled the little bicycles off the wall. The black and white stripes have a firm attraction with the grey drywall paper covering. The attraction between the two was fatal to the smoothness of the remaining drywall. I have been looking at the tattered grey wall for a month or while we have been working on the RR projects and sneaking in some research on wall prep before wallpapering. I finally attempted skim-coating a small area with drywall mud. It wasn’t too tedious. I think I have found a workable solution for the tattered surface.
The replacement paper I bought about 3 years ago has a different application method than I have ever used. It is “Paste the Wall.” The wallpaper does not have a water bath to activate the paste. I am curious about this simpler process. Another issue is the cleanability of the new paper. I still like this wallpaper but wondering if I should select a more scrubbable one.
Just as I am getting serious about hanging this paper, I read in the AARP magazine about self-adhesive, repositionable, removable wallpaper that the customer can custom design. That sounds very tempting. But I already has this wallpaper…
The bigger issue is the reverse Domino Chain Reaction. The basic physics of this chain reaction is straightforward. “Standing a domino on its end stores a certain amount of potential energy which is released by pushing it over. However, the force required to topple the domino is smaller than the force it generates when it falls. It is this ‘force amplification’ that can be used to topple bigger dominoes.” [https://www.technologyreview.com/s/509641/the-curious-mathematics-of-domino-chain-reactions/]
Similar to putting up dominoes to make them cascade, before I can finish papering the walls, we need to put in the new tub and surround. And before we put in the new tub, we need to sand and refinish the floors. Before we refinish the floors, we need to take up the commode.
I think I need some “force amplification.”
Ponderables: “Hope can be imagined as a domino effect, a chain reaction, each increment making the next increase more feasible… There are moments of fear and doubt that can deflate it.” ~ Jerome Groopman