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  • Praise the Lord........

    ...........for steam wallpaper strippers.

    Discuss.

    Or don't discuss, I don't care, I'm going to take mine to bed with me.
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

  • #2
    Also their trusty friend the "wallpaper scorer".

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    • #3
      Do the have wallpaper in the Comunitat Valenciana? You do not see it much in Málaga. I do not know what the Spanish is for wallpaper.

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      • #4
        Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

        They speed up wallpaper stripping, it's undeniable. But you risk wrecking the plaster in the proecess. It was not designed to have boiling water shot at it. Use with caution, and only to loosen top paper, not onto bare plaster.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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        • #5
          Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

          They are undeniably good at helping you get wallpaper off the wall quickly, but you risk wrecking the plaster in the process. (It's not designed to have boiling water forced onto it). Use with extreme caution and only to loosen top layer of paper, never onto patches of mainly bare plaster with bits of paper here and there. Once the plaster is 'shot', it will crumble and fall out in little patches.

          I've got a steam stripper, but I only use it for gloss-painted anaglypta/woodchip and nightmare stuff like that.

          The following method is equally successful and preserves the integrity of the plaster:

          Wet the whole wall with warm water with a bit of detergent dissolved in it. Use a big sponge, the sort you wash cars with.

          Go and have a cup of tea/do the crossword/read LLZ/send a text/read a short story, whatever for 15 minutes.

          Repeat three times.

          After wall has been soaked three times and left for 15 minutes after the last wetting, the paper will come off in big sheets.

          Just be patient!
          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          • #6
            I recall we had this discussion a while back. Gypsum ends up like wet concrete, carlite ends up with salts that keep seeping through for years, lathe and plaster ends up being well, just a wall of lathe, and horse hair a lot of white mush and a lot of dead horses. And the smell of old sofas.

            As MTG suggests caution, wall paper spikes too need to be used with caution otherwise you end up with a wall that looks as if it was partied on by a flock of very fat hedgehogs.
            Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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            • #7
              They are undeniably good at helping you get wallpaper off the wall quickly, but you risk wrecking the plaster in the process.
              My wife would agree with that. Using one in my daughter's house in Sheffield was not a good idea - plaster far too old.
              RICHARD WEBSTER

              As a conveyancing solicitor I believe the information given in the post to be useful (provided it relates to property in England & Wales) but I accept no liability except to fee-paying clients.

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              • #8
                I have found my wallpaper steamer very handy for softening the glue under vinyl flooring.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jta View Post
                  ...........for steam wallpaper strippers.

                  Discuss.

                  Or don't discuss, I don't care, I'm going to take mine to bed with me.
                  Nae offence to jta or Mrs jta but some might say that's the wrong sort of stripper to take to be....
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lawcruncher View Post
                    Do the have wallpaper in the Comunitat Valenciana? You do not see it much in Málaga. I do not know what the Spanish is for wallpaper.
                    But I'm not in Valencia at present, I'm in London sorting out that flat where my tenant died.

                    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

                    They speed up wallpaper stripping, it's undeniable. But you risk wrecking the plaster in the proecess. It was not designed to have boiling water shot at it. Use with caution, and only to loosen top paper, not onto bare plaster.
                    You are joking, this place has not been touched in the last 39 years, the plaster is already wrecked, but strangely, there is not a sign of damp in the whole place. I'm repairing as I go.

                    I can honestly say that I have never seen a place in such a filthy condition, even allowing for the fact of his age. The carpets had 1972 newspapers under them, we had to wear masks to haul them out, every wall was covered in dirt and nicotine stains. I spent 3 hours yesterday just cleaning a ceramic sink in the kitchen of encrustations of grime. Today the electricians are in there re-wiring and should be finished tomorrow, I am impressed with them and will pass their name to anyone that wants it. London area.

                    There's a queue forming to rent it when it's done.
                    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                      Nae offence to jta or Mrs jta but some might say that's the wrong sort of stripper to take to be....
                      Don't worry, I'll sleep in the middle.
                      I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jta View Post
                        There's a queue forming to rent it when it's done.
                        That's excellent, well done!
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                          Nae offence to jta or Mrs jta but some might say that's the wrong sort of stripper to take to be....
                          Very Good!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jta View Post
                            I can honestly say that I have never seen a place in such a filthy condition, even allowing for the fact of his age. The carpets had 1972 newspapers under them, we had to wear masks to haul them out, every wall was covered in dirt and nicotine stains. I spent 3 hours yesterday just cleaning a ceramic sink in the kitchen of encrustations of grime. Today the electricians are in there re-wiring and should be finished tomorrow, I am impressed with them and will pass their name to anyone that wants it. London area.

                            There's a queue forming to rent it when it's done.
                            I remember you mentioning this one a while back and it's good that it was resolved.

                            I recall one where the contractor changed the locks after the tenant's horizontal departure and I arrived to find him bent double in the garden over what he had found. The loo had broken some time before hand and, as a solution, the tenant had made a hole in the floor boards....
                            Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jta View Post
                              ...........for steam wallpaper strippers.

                              Discuss.

                              Or don't discuss, I don't care, I'm going to take mine to bed with me.
                              Originally posted by jta View Post
                              Don't worry, I'll sleep in the middle.
                              Going to bed with a steam stripper sounds like something Tory MPs would do.
                              'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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