Quiz: Do you know how to properly hang wallpaper?

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Quiz: Do you know how to properly hang wallpaper?
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Are you wanting to cover your walls with new wallpaper but simply don't know how? Wallpapering is not solely for professionals. Take this quiz to learn the ups and downs of hanging wallpaper.
Why should you remove old wallpaper before putting up new wallpaper?
The new wallpaper will never go on smoothly over old wallpaper.
The old wallpaper will show through the new wallpaper.
New wallpaper adheres better to a bare wall.
It's worth the effort of removing your old wallpaper, especially if you want your new wallpaper to stay firmly in place. New wallpaper adheres better to completely stripped down surfaces.

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What should you do if you decide to put new wallpaper over old wallpaper?
Sand the old wallpaper and then vacuum the wall.
Tear away any loose pieces of the old wallpaper.
both of the above
In some instances, you may prefer to simply put up new wallpaper over old wallpaper. If this is the case, make sure to create as smooth a surface as possible by sanding the old wallpaper and removing any loose pieces.

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What should you do before putting up wallpaper over vinyl wall coverings?
Sand the wall.
Vacuum the wall.
both of the above
Before you put up new wallpaper over a vinyl wall covering, sand down the wall with coarse sandpaper. Afterward, vacuum the wall to remove any sand dust.

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How do you remove strippable wallpaper?
with hot steam
by tearing it off
If you have strippable wallpaper, you're in luck. You should be able to rip off nice, clean strips of the wallpaper with relative ease.
both of the above

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What is the best method for pulling off strippable wallpaper?
Pull the wallpaper close to the wall.
While removing strippable wallpaper, make sure to keep the wallpaper close to you, pulling it down the surface of the wall. Otherwise, you risk tearing the wallpaper.
Pull the wallpaper away from the wall.
Start and the bottom of the wall and tear upward.

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What type of wall is not conducive to soaking and steaming non-strippable wallpaper?
cement wall
drywall
Don't soak and steam drywall to remove non-strippable wallpaper. Soaking and steaming drywall can add moisture, compromising the integrity of the wall.
both of the above

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Why do you need to make slits in the wallpaper before soaking non-strippable wallpaper?
It creates smaller, more manageable pieces for easier removal.
Creating slits in the wallpaper allows the soapy water or liquid paper remover to get behind the wallpaper and soften the wallpaper adhesive.
It allows the soapy water to get behind the wallpaper.
both of the above

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How do you use an electrical wallpaper steamer for removing wallpaper?
Wave the steamer over the wallpaper in circular motion.
Move the steamer up and down a strip of wallpaper for 10 minutes.
Hold the steamer over one section of wallpaper until you see moisture.
Hold a steamer over one section of wallpaper until you notice the wallpaper darken with moisture around the edges.

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How much wallpaper is included in a typical wallpaper roll?
26 square feet (2.4 square meters)
36 square feet (3.3 square meters)
There is 36 square feet (3.3 square meters) in a typical wallpaper roll, but estimate that you'll only get about 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) of useable wallpaper when you consider waste and trimming.
46 square feet (4.3 square meters)

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How do you determine how much wallpaper you need for a room?
Measure the total square footage of all the walls of the room and divide by 27 or 23, depending on the ceiling height.
To determine how much wallpaper you need, you need to know the total square footage of all the walls of your room. Then, divide the total square footage by 27 if your ceiling height is 8 feet (2.4 meters) or less or 23 if the ceiling height is 9 or 10 feet (2.7 or 3 meters). The final number is how many single rolls of wallpaper you need.
Measure the square footage of the ceiling and multiply by six.
Measure the perimeter of the room and multiply by eight.

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What area of the room should you wallpaper last?
bottom of the wall
top of the wall
corners
If you start wallpapering first in the corners, it will leave noticeable bumps, and the wallpaper pattern may become out of alignment.

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What should you do before you put up wallpaper in a corner?
Measure the distance from the last piece of wallpaper to the corner.
Before you put up wallpaper in a corner, you must first measure the distance between the last piece of hanged wallpaper and the corner. Add half an inch to this measurement, and this will determine how big a piece you need to cut for this spot.
Measure the total amount of wallpaper needed for both sides of the corner.
Measure the square footage of the corner.

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What is an essential tool for wallpapering around windows, doors, switches and outlets?
utility knife
Wallpapering around windows, doors, switches and outlets is not as hard as you may think. Your trusty tool for this task is a very sharp utility knife.
wallpaper scrapper
ruler

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How do you wallpaper around a door frame?
Measure and cut your wallpaper so that the wallpaper lines up with the door frame.
Overlap the wallpaper over the door frame and cut off the excess with a utility knife.
For a smooth and professional look its best to overlap the wallpaper over the door frame. Next, cut off the excess wallpaper with your sharp utility knife, trying to get into the crease as much as possible.
either of the above

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For large obstacles, what should be your first wallpaper cut?
the longest cut
When you have large obstacles such as a door frame to wallpaper around, always do the longest cut first. For a door frame, make the vertical cut before you make the horizontal cut.
the shortest cut
the most difficult cut

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Why should you turn off your electricity while wallpapering?
Wallpaper can catch fire.
Wallpaper paste conducts electricity.
When wallpapering around electrical outlets, it's best to turn off your electricity for the room. Wallpaper paste conducts electricity. Better safe than sorry!
You are removing electrical outlets when wallpapering.

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What causes wallpaper blisters to form?
from excess adhesive
from air bubbles
both of the above
Blisters can occur minutes, days, weeks or even years after wallpaper installation. Blisters occur when there is excess wallpaper adhesive or from trapped air underneath the wallpaper.

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How can you prevent wallpaper blisters?
Don't use too much adhesive.
Smooth out wallpaper after installation.
both of the above
Prevent wallpaper blisters by using only the recommended amount of adhesive and smoothing out your wallpaper immediately after you put it up.

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What is an advantage of using a vinyl wall covering?
It's cheaper than wallpaper.
It's easier to install than wallpaper.
It hides wall imperfections better than wallpaper.
Vinyl wall coverings are much thicker than traditional wallpaper. For this reason, vinyl does a much better job of hiding wall imperfections.

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What type of fabric should you buy if you want to use it as a wall covering?
paper-backed fabric
Paper-backed fabric is preferable as a wall covering because it's much easier to hang than unbacked fabric.
heavy upholstery fabric
lightweight cotton or linen fabric

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