Re: [gardeners] OT (
Tue, 15 Jun 1999 16:43:02 -0400

At 12:51 PM 15-06-99 -0500, you wrote:
> wrote:
>> At 11:24 AM 07-06-99 EDT, you wrote:
>> >RE:  Removal of wallpaper.  There is a product that you apply and viola
>> >wallpaper comes off.  Wallpapers to Go used to carry it.
>> >
>> >Mary-Anne
>> Not if you have 6 layers all put on with old-fashioned horesehide glue.
>> Plain old hot water , scrape and spritz works better, is cheaper.  Next, I
>> am going to try George's 50-50 vinegar solution... I have ONE room left to
>> do in the town house, about 4 at the farm, but that doesn't look too
>> difficult there. One layer of paper, for starters.
>> Lucinda
>If the house at the farm is very old the paper may be laid over old-fashioned
>plaster and lath walls. If so you will have to either be very careful not to
>pull them down or just take them down and put up sheetrock in place of.
>on whether you are restoring to original or making the place liveable for the
>next 50 years. <VBG>

I won't be around for the next 50 years, or at least not all of it.  The
farm is very old (100 +) and I am sure there is plaster and lath under the
paper - same thing here in town. NOTHING, almost, is worth taking it down
(we did that here to one room - had too, since it got water damaged by a
burst pipe).  That's why more wallpaper: to hold the damned walls together.
 For resale purposes I would describe our efforts as 'restoring this lovely
old home' but in practical terms we are making it livable and attractive
for ourselves for retirement and until that day comes, rentable.
>I want to redo the walls in my office next. It has a repeating mallard drake
>motif in the paper with a band around the walls at four feet of larger duck,
>below the band is a motif of marsh grasses. 
Come on, George, how could you get rid of such a wonderful inspriing
natural environment in your study??  


Since I spend a lot of time in the
>office I think a plain white wall would do me better and maybe get Miz
Anne to
>paint a mural of some sort in there. Will definitely do a test  on the
>and if it doesn't come off easy here comes the Kilz paint. BTW, Byron Bromley
>sent in the vinegar and water thing, works pretty good but only slightly
>than hot water in a spray bottle. Get plenty of blades for your wallpaper
>scraper and take lots of breaks out in the garden to keep from going batty.