Hints and Helps for Every-Day Emergencies, in Connection with Social Economy, Domestic Economy [&C]

Hints and Helps for Every-Day Emergencies, in Connection with Social Economy, Domestic Economy [&C]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... be touched with the point of a pencil of lunar caustic. 272. Whitewashing And Papering Rooms.--If a ceiling or wall is to be whitewashed, or coloured, the first thing to be done is to wash off the dirt and stains with a brush and clean water, being careful to move the brush in one direction up and down, and not all sorts of ways, or the work will look smeary afterwards. When dry, the ceiling is ready for the whitewash, which is to be made by mixing whiting and water together till quite smooth and as thick as cream. Dissolve half an ounce of glue in a teacupful of water, and stir it into the whitewash. This size, as it is called, prevents the white, or colour, rubbing off the wall, and a teacupful is enough for a gallon of wash. Stone-colour is made by mixing a little yellow ochre and blue black with size, and then stirring it into the whitewash; yellow or red ochre are also good colours, and with vermilion or indigo, any shade may be prepared according to taste. If paper is to be used, the wall must be washed with clean water, as previously directed, and while wet, the old colour must be scraped off with a knife or a smooth-edged steel scraper of any sort. It will be best to wet a yard or two at a time, and then scrape. Next, wash the wall all over with size made with an ounce of glue to a gallon of water: and when this is dry, the wall is ready for the paper. This must be cut into lengths according to the different parts of the room j on one edge the plain Btrip must be cut off close to the pattern, and the other left half an inch wide. If the paper be thick it should remain a minute or two after it is pasted, but if thin, the sooner it is on the wall the better. Begin by placing the close cut edge of the paper at one side of the window, stick...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236577868
  • 9781236577863