We all want to avoid bodged jobs in DIY, and normally a thorough approach will save time, money and stress in the long run. However, there are a few rare situations where you can cut corners which will save you time and allow you to correct mistakes quickly.
Depending on your current surface, you might hang lining paper prior to the wallpaper proper. If you find you’ve hung it and there are small gaps between the sheets, put Pollyfilla between the gaps and let it dry before you put the final paper on top. To quickly fix areas of peeling wallpaper, apply wallpaper paste to an ordinary piece of A4 paper, and rub it on the underneath of the peeling wallpaper. Smooth it down, then wipe over with a damp cloth to remove bubbles.
Removing painted screws
You can use something called a screw extractor to remove broken or painted-over screws, but not many of us have one of these just knocking about the place. Instead, you can grab another nail or screw, hold it with a pair of pliers, and use a lighter or a match to heat the head until it’s red hot. Then just touch it to the painted –over nail or screw, and the paint will peel off. Then leave it to cool (as it will have expanded from the heat), and remove it.
We hope these DIY shortcuts have been useful for sprucing up your current property to add value before you place it on the market.
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