Sunday, October 4, 2009

Humidity & Wall/Ceiling Paper

I was just visiting over at The Sow's Ear and really enjoyed the post called 'Not on the Agenda' about humidity and wallpaper.

This prompted me to tell you all about the problem the funky, humid, muggy weather we've had for most of August, and a lot of September, caused here. Like at The Sow's Ear, the weather has caused portions of the wallpaper, on the walls and ceilings, to curl up and come loose. It has mainly occurred along the seems, but the ceiling papers are worse than that on the walls.

This would make sense since heat travels up.

Anyway, the rooms on the second floor that have ceiling paper look really sad now. For some reason though the library on the north east side of the house is worse than the rest.

If you don't believe me, just look at the pictures!

Here is the biggest area where the paper fell off.

You can also see the waves in the paper where the wall meets the ceiling. This is from the house shifting as well.

If you look to the right you will see what looks like a hole in the ceiling - I'll get back to that.

Here is where a long strip came off.

The far right point of the missing section is where it actually started peeling/falling. A piece of the paper was hanging down so low I touched it with a bayonet. This brief touch caused it to peel away more and then the weight took over. Before I knew it a section, almost as long as the room is wide, peeled right off!

Some of the original paper is still up there (it's fabric) but the closer the peeling paper got to the wall it started to take the original paper with it.

There is still a lot of spots where it looks like more is about to come down. On the bright side, at least it's easier to remove when it's like this!!

Oh, back to the hole in the ceiling. Do you see it there - just left of the light fixture? That's where the light fixture was originally located. It was not centered to the room. In fact, none of the lights in the house were centered to their rooms! It's like the people who put the electrical components in took the lazy way out and just put them where they were convenient to attach to a ceiling joist.

I have centered all the lights in the rooms upstairs. The lights in the living room and dinning still need to be centered and the one in the foyer is close. It will be fun working on these!

Till next time...

Larry ~

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