Wallpaper Prep

Here are few things to keep in mind when applying wallpaper: New Walls - Must be thoroughly cured, dry, primed and sized. Previously painted walls - Fill cracks or holes with patching paste, then sand smooth. Spot-prime the patches and size all walls to be papered. Walls with old wallcovering - Remove, patch, sand and clean. Be sure the old adhesive is gone and the walls are completely dry before sizing.
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Removing Stains

Removing the dark stains that can get onto your hands from working with walnut and other dark woods can be easy. Just pour a little lemon juice in your palm and rub your hands together. The slightly acidic lemon juice will remove the stains from your hands without damaging your skin.
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Wallpaper Start

When applying wallpaper, choose an inconspicuous spot for your starting point. The edge of a door frame is a good choice. This is where the first and last strips of wallcovering in the room will meet, and inevitably, those strips won’t match perfectly. That’s why it’s important to find an inconspicuous spot.
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Lead Paint Effects

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: damage to the brain and nervous system; behavior and learning problems; slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches. Adults can suffer from: difficulties during pregnancy; other reproductive problems, high blood pressure; digestive problems; nerve disorders; memory and concentration problems; muscle and joint pain.
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No-Lump Paint

If you find lumps in a can of paint that you need, you can "push" them out. Cut out a circle from a piece of wire screen slightly smaller than the can's inside circumference. Put the screen circle on the surface of the paint. With a little help it will sink to the bottom of the can, taking the lumps with it. Another way to salvage lumpy paint is to strain it through an old nylon stocking.
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Lead-Based Paint

If your was built before 1978 and you have children under the age of seven, you will want to have an inspection for lead-based paint. It's important to know that lead flakes from paint can be present in both the home and in the soil surrounding the house. The problem can be fixed temporarily by repairing damaged paint surfaces or planting grass over effected soil. Hiring a lead abatement contractor to remove paint chips and seal damaged areas will fix the problem permanently.
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Interior vs. Exterior Paint

One of the most important things to be aware of is that paint is formulated for either interior use or exterior use, and they have different properties: Interior paint is formulated for: Scrubbability and stain resistance; Good hiding ability; Splatter resistance; Easy touch-up. Exterior paint is formulated for: Color retention; Resistance to fading; Flexibility to withstand expansion and contraction due to weather; To provide a mildew resistant coating; Resistance to tannin bleed. Don't think that you should use exterior paints indoors on the assumption that it is "tougher". In fact, some of the highest-grade exterior paints can be worse to use indoors than a lower-quality interior paint.
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Lead Paint Conditions

Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good consition, and it is not an impact or friction surface, like a window. It is defined by the federal government as paint with lead levels greater that or equal to 1.0 milligram per square centimeter, or more than .5% by weight.
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