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Career Details :: Paperhangers
Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces, such as walls and billboards. Duties include removing old materials from surface to be papered.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Fills holes and cracks with plaster, using trowel.
- Erects and works from scaffold.
- Smoothes strips or poster sections with brush or roller to remove wrinkles and bubbles and to smooth joints.
- Trims excess material at ceiling or baseboard, using knife.
- Applies thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brush, roller, or pasting machine.
- Aligns and places strips or poster sections of billboard on surface to match adjacent edges.
- Removes paint, varnish, and grease from surfaces, using paint remover and water soda solution.
- Marks vertical guideline on wall to align first strip, using plumb bob and chalk line.
- Applies acetic acid to damp plaster to prevent lime from bleeding through paper.
- Smoothes rough spots on walls and ceilings, using sandpaper.
- Measures and cuts strips from roll of wallpaper or fabric, using shears or razor.
- Mixes paste, using paste-powder and water, and brushes paste onto surface.
- Removes old paper, using water, steam machine, or chemical remover and scraper.
- Trims rough edges from strips, using straightedge and trimming knife.
- Staples or tacks advertising posters onto fences, walls, or poles.
- Measures walls and ceiling to compute number and length of strips required to cover surface.
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, Poles, etc.