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made of one part water to one part silicate of potash mixed with common whiting.
Put it in with a limber case-knife if you have no trowel. In an hour, after it
has set, scrape off the rough places, and after kalsomining no trace of the
crack will appear.
For the wash, take eight pounds whiting and one-fourth pound white glue; cover
glue with cold water over night, and heat gradually in the morning until
dissolved. Mix whiting with hot water, add the dissolved glue and stir together,
adding warm water until about the consistency of thick cream. Use a kalsomine
brush, which is finer than a white-wash brush, and leaves the work smoother.
Brush in, and finish as you go along.
If skim-milk is used instead of water, the glue may be omitted.
Any woman of a mechanical turn of mind can paint a room, buying the paint ready
mixed. While painting keep the room well ventilated and eat acid fruits. When
done, any spatters on the glass may be removed by the application of a mixture
of equal parts of ammonia and turpentine, washed off with soap-suds. To polish
the glass, wash in warm water, wipe with a soft cloth, put a little whiting on
the center of the pane, and rub with chamois-skin or a soft cloth. Clean paint
with whiting or warm water, with a few drops of ammonia in it. Wash grained work
in cold tea.
In papering a hard finished wall a thin solution of white glue should be first
applied with a white-wash brush.
To make the paste, sift the flour, add one ounce pulverized alum to every pound
of flour, mix it smoothly with cold water, and pour over it gently but quickly
boiling water, stirring meantine constantly. When it swells and turns yellow it
is done, but is not to be used until cool, and may be kept for some time without
Or for paste, clear corn starch is sometimes used, made precisely as made for
starching clothes. It is well to use a small quantity of carbolic acid in it, as
a precaution against vermin.
A thin paste of wheat, or what is better, rye flour, is, however, very good for
any thing except the most delicate papers. The wall should be smooth, and if
very smoky or greasy in spots, it should be washed with weak lye or soap-suds.
Trim the paper close to the pattern on one side. A pair of long shears is best
for the purpose--allowing the roll to lie on the floor, and rolling up again on
the lap as fast as trimmed. Provide a board wider than the paper, and a little
longer than a single breadth when cut. Cut all the full breadths that will be
required for the room, matching as you cut, and saving remnants for door and
window spaces. Begin at the right hand and work to the left. The breadths may be
laid one on another on the board, the top one pasted with a good brush, the top
turned down bringing the two pasted sides together, a foot or two
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