At-Home Training With This Complete 6 DVD Course
Starting at the beginning, veteran professional installer Jim Parodi breaks it all down for you in 6 DVD discs that are roughly 2 hours each. By the time you are done you will know how to approach any kind of wallpapering job and get truly professional results. Below you can see what you get in each disc. Check out: Wallpaper Essentials youtube channel which has sampler video clips for each of the 6 DVDs below to get an idea of how this valuable information for wallpapering installation training is presented in a way anyone can understand. Now you can learn to become a paperhanger in your own home.
All discs are Standard 720P DVDs with 16:9 aspect ratio and regionless coding.
(Runtime 2 Hours: 11 min.)
~ Intro: Explaining the common types of wallpapers you will likely encounter in the field. You will understand where and why these materials are used in different applications.
~ Removing wallpaper: Not all wallpaper is removed in the same way. Here you will learn different methods for removal and some great tricks that can make this job go easier.
~ Priming the Wall: The most important step in any wallpapering job is often overlooked or misunderstood. Jim explains what you need to consider before prepping any wallpapering job. For the first time in Jim's "How To" wallpaper series he covers products for priming which are available everywhere: USA, Canada, The UK, and Australia.
~The Pastes: Jim covers most commercially available pastes in the US and Canada as well as which wallpaper pastes are used for the different wallcovering types. People who can't get these products outside of North America are instructed on how to make their own pastes.
(Runtime 1 hour: 56 min.)
~Tools: Jim goes over the 15 to 20 basic tools he uses everyday, He also gives you sources/links for the items that are not generally available in many stores.
PART II Basic Skills
~Pasting: The different types of pasting tables. How to get the proper amount of paste on the material...too much or too little paste can cause unexpected problems. How to prepare panels so you don't make mistakes about what is up and what is down. How to control edge curl after pasting.
~Smoothing: There are different tools to use to flatten the wallpaper and avoid bubbles. Sometimes special tools or smoothing techniques are required for finicky materials that mark when you try to smooth them out. How to use seam rollers properly...incredibly, they are used incorrectly most of the time.
~Basic Cutting Technique: Learn the finer points of getting better trims by using different cutting techniques.
~Butt Seaming and Repositioning: Basic seaming and set up for factory pretrimmed materials.
~ Cutting Around a Window: Step by step procedure to get it right every time.
~ Inside Corners: How to be sure you navigate the corner and don't start to go crooked when you get past the corner,
~ Double cutting: A very important technique that is indispensible to professional paperhanging.
~ Pattern Waste: A primer on repeats, straight and drop matches and why it's important when you consider waste and what goes into the garbage.
(Runtime 2 hour: 5 min.)
~Measuring: Here Jim shows you the common bolt sizes and how to figure out how much the job will need. He also gives some good tips on on how to get an idea of how much wallpaper a room will need without even looking at it or measuring it.
~Engineering: Pattern & Seam Placement. Getting an understanding of how good pattern and seam placement makes for a better job.
PART III "The Virtual Apprentice"
From Jim, "People have asked me for years if I would take them with me on a job as a helper or apprentice. In this section you are right there with me. I do a bathroom, a kitchen. and a large grasscloth job using both a regular tripod mounted video camera as well as a GOPRO camera that gets right up close to my work,"
~A Bathroom: Here pattern placement is put into practice in a newly remodeling bath. Jim shows you his technique of how to avoid ruining the new paint job on the ceiling. He also puts into practice different trimming techniques and fine tune trimmimg. Also you can learn the proper way to cut around electrical boxes without shocking yourself. He shows how to handle wallpapers that are less than perfect in terms of match. You also get your first taste of handling a room that isn't quite straight and plumb.
~A Kitchen: A complex room with lots of difficult areas. Jim guides you through each section to help you not make the common mistakes made by amatuers.
~A Grasscloth Job: Jim installs a grasscloth requiring all panels to be retrimmed for perfect seams. Also, the technique shown here to avoid getting zero paste on the material can be used for any other delicate materials like linen, hemp and silk, You simply cannot get a professional look with these types of materials without these specialized techniques. He also demonstrates the proper layout and placement for this type of material so that panels look balanced.
(Runtime 1 hour: 51 min.)
~Liner Materials: This section gets into the use of different types of liner papers and reasons you use these different types for different situations. Sometimes the condition of the wall dictates the type of liner material used and sometimes the paper you are installing requires a special liner treatment. Liner papers are universally overlooked but can make the critical difference between a bad job and a truly professional result.
~Two Story Hallway: Jim shows the various scaffolding you can use to do the high walls found in the stairwells in these hallways. This old house from the 1890's has all sorts of architectural features that can intimidate the paperhanger. He covers how to install in a curved, mousehole archway as well as how to wrap a more modern sheetrock archway. He shows how to cut around complex wood trim and how he uses the different cutting tools you will be exposed to in this course.
~Cutting Around a Pedestal Sink: One of the most intimidating structures found in many baths, Jim guides you through each stage of dealing with these in bite sized pieces advising you along the way so you won't make the common mistakes that inexperienced installers make.
~Pattern Segmentation: The pros do this to save on material and you will too after seeing patterns in a different light.
~Shading :Understanding how "apparent color" differences are not the same as "actual color" differences can save you big headaches on the job. Many times wallpaper company instruction sheets are just plain wrong about installing to avoid shading and Jim shows you why that is.
~Digital Murals & Photowalls: These popular one wall treatments need special considerations before you even think of installing one. Jim shows the process he uses to get them looking great on the wall.
(Runtime 1 hour: 52 min.)
~Dormered Bedroom With Sloping Walls and Alcove: Learn how to match and properly join wallpaper in these difficult rooms.
~Geometric Pattern in Crooked Room: In this segment Jim shares from his bag of tricks to force wallpaper to look straight in a badly crooked room in an old house. He also shows how to prepare walls in an older residence like this and smooth out badly damaged walls, You will also learn how to deal with wallpapering behind an old-fashioned cast iron radiator.
~Playing With Stripes: Jim continues with the theme of forcing a wallpaper to appear straight and true in a crooked room.
~Hanging Liner the Same Day: Waiting for liner to dry overnight can turn a one day job into a two day job which substantially increases the cost of an installation. In this segment, Jim demonstrates a simple method that takes the guesswork out of determining when a liner is ready to install on and make your bid more competitive.
~Templating: What to do when wallpaper materials are so thick and stiff that they can be damaged by normal installation? Jim demontrates the process of templating which makes the thickest material managable and the installation flawless.
~Crown Molding Dead Ends: Ornate crown molding ends are intimidating. Jim breaks it down step by step to handle these complicated fixtures that must be cut around.
~Placement Tricks & Lasers: Here Jim shows how a simple and inexpensive laser can help you make your job a stand out. He also helps you to avoid the common pitfalls in dealing with patterns in complex rooms.
~Change Paper at Archway: Modern houses frequently skimp on woodwork preferring the much cheaper materials of sheetrock and joint compound. This means that special joining techniques must be used when two different wallpapers from two different rooms meet in one of these types of archway. Jim demonstrates a few different methods to perform these joins.
(Runtime 2 hours: 6 min.)
~Handprints, Delicates & Table Trimming: Unlike mass market wallpapers, high-end wallpapers frequently need to be retrimmed for installation. Jim shows a few methods for trimming these materials to make an excellent seam at the wall. He also gives you the understanding of when to use the differing methods of getting these expensive products on the wall without damaging them in the process.
~Touching Up & Art Supplies: Here you will see the full array of ordinary artist's media that can make or break a job.
~Tinting Primer & Colored Blankstock: In this segment you learn about the methods that you can use (and shouldn't use) to prepare a wall for dark colored wallpapers.
~Patching & Repairs: It happens. Moving men, other contractors on-site, kids and domestic animals can damage your job. Here you learn the different approaches to damaged wallpaper so you can make it all right again.
~Obstacles.....Removable and Not: Learn valuable tips about when to remove fixtures like wall sconces, themostats, towel racks etc. and what to do when you can't. He shows you the proper way to deal with premanent fixtures like plastered-in towel racks and soap dishes.
~Special Situations With Walls: Not all walls are created equal. Drywall and plaster walls are the norm but sometimes you will be asked to install over plywood or wood paneling. Jim explains the pitfalls about that as well as what to do with grease, mold or mildew, and other stains that may come through to ruin your new job.
~Borders: Although borders are pretty much out of fashion you may still be asked to install one. Jim shows you how to inlay a border for a much better job and how to creatively miter cut 45 degree angles around windows and doors.
~You are on your way: How exactly does one start a wallpapering business? Jim gives some tips about how to get your new business off the ground. Even if you already have a home contracting business you can get some tips on breaking into this trade.
I am a second generation paperhanger in the New York City Area. My father started in the business in 1936 and I joined him as an apprentice in 1977. Since that time I have installed almost every type of wallcovering imaginable since my dad retired in 1985.
In 2001 I began writing a column for Painting & Wallcovering Contractor Magazine and since 2005 began consulting with wallcovering manufacturers to improve their products.
In the late 1990's wallpaper began to disappear as a home decor choice to such an extent that all three schools of paperhanging in the USA went out of business. Currently there is no paperhanging school you can go to for vocational training in this trade. In the early 2000's both residential and commercial wallpapering started a comeback in popularity and today there is a growing shortage of skilled paperhanging tradespeople.
I began making "how to install wallpaper" video tutorials in 2010 with www.installcommercialwallcovering.com and www.install-delicate-highend-wallcoverings.com
But these video guides were geared towards upgrading the skills of contractors who already knew the basics and had some experience. With this latest comprehensive video course, Wallpapering Essentials, I start from the very beginning and bring the student along as a "virtual apprentice" on real world paperhanging jobs so that you can learn to install wallcoverings step by step.
With this intensive 12 hour/ 6 DVD course, I have included every type of skill required in wallcovering installation for someone to set out on their own and start their own paperhanging business or to add wallpapering services to any existing home contracting business seeking to branch out.
Language: English / Standard DVDs/ 16:9 Ratio NTSC/ No Region Encoded
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