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Level lines.
Using a plumb bob, chalk line


– Remember always use a plumb line (a vertical level line) out of a corner or on your first piece. Make a true vertical line with plumb line and chalk a paper’s width away from your intended starting point. A plumb line, chalk and plumb bob is included in every WalWiz Wallpapering Tool Kit. Attach the line to the plumb bob. Fasten the string with a pin or small nail 2″ from the ceiling and rub the string with the colored chalk. Let the bob hang above the floor. When the plumb bob stops swinging, hold it firmly against the wall and snap the line leaving a chalk mark. Keep the plumb line and chalk handy, because you’ll want to mark a true vertical around every corner or starting a new wall.

– Make a true vertical line with a level a paper’s width away from your intended starting point. Hold the level vertical until the bubble is centered (within in two marks) and trace along the level with a pencil. Line up the level with your previously drawn line and repeat this process until you have reached at least 2″ from the floor.

Dealing with Out-of-Plumb Walls

My ceiling is out of plumb causing my pattern to run off at the ceiling line. What Can I do? – Choosing a mini-print or plain paper is the easiest solution for this problem. If you already have your paper, you may want to consider hanging trim to a level line, caulking the gap at the ceiling.

An alternate solution is not easy, but can be accomplished with a good eye and artful skill, depending on your pattern and where the paper is being installed, i.e., a solid wall, over a kitchen cabinet, etc. The technique to camouflage this type of problem often requires hanging the strip off level, but careful placement makes it look to they eye like it is level.

A good example of this is often used when hanging plaids. This technique works best when hanging smaller pieces but a more skilled craftsman will use this on full length pieces too. Place the paper so that it looks level to the eye with the ceiling, cabinet, etc. allowing it to overlap the previously installed piece. Pay attention to how the overlapped paper lines up with the pattern.

You may have to split the difference and adjust the paper somewhat. The idea is that you can cheat the match enough to visually fool the eye. Once the paper is in place, double cut the overlap.

– Walls are never perfect. Waves in sheetrock oftentimes will cause your patterns to pull off the match. To camouflage this, match the pattern at eye level (rather than starting at the top) and work up to the top, then down to the bottom of the wall.


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