The work of paperhangers is to cover ceilings and walls with decorative wall coverings made of vinyl, paper, or fabric. Paperhangers first prepare the surface that is covered by �sizing'. A paperhanger has to remove the old covering while decorating. They remove the old covering by applying solvents, steaming, and soaking.
The job prospects of a paperhanger may vary depending upon size and nature of work. A paperhanger has to patch up holes and take care of other imperfections and then hang the new wall coverings. Once the surface is prepared, paperhangers should prepare the paste or other glue to perform the tasks effectively.
Subsequently, paperhangers measure the section to be covered, cut the covering into strips of the proper size, check the covering for flaws, and closely evaluate the pattern to match it when the strips are hung. Paperhangers use specialized equipments to perform this type of work. Paperhangers play an important role in process of home decoration.
The next step is to roll or brush the adhesive onto the back of the covering, if required, and then place the strips on the ceiling or wall, making sure that the strips are straight, pattern is matched, and the edges are pushed together to make closed and tight seams. Finally, paperhangers have to smooth the strips to wipe off wrinkles and bubbles, trim the bottom and top with razor knife and remove any excess adhesive.
Most of the paperhangers work forty hours a week. Some paperhangers work part-time. Paperhangers have to stand for long periods and often work from ladders and scaffolding. The job of paperhanger requires ample amount of bending, climbing, and stretching. These workers must have enough stamina because they have to perform with their arms raised overhead.
Generally, industrial paperhangers have to work outdoors almost always in warm and dry weather. Paperhangers who perform work at buildings may be exposed to uncomfortable position and extreme heights. Some paperhangers have to work suspended with cables or ropes. A paperhanger has to wear protective safety dust mask and glasses as drywall dust created by electric sanders may cause health problems.
Sometimes, paperhangers work with materials that may be toxic or hazardous. Therefore, they need to take care while performing such kind of tasks. Paperhangers have to work in a sealed self-contained suit to avoid inhalation of hazardous materials. Paperhangers are subject to fall from scaffolds or ladders. Thus, they must be aware of prognostic dangers. A paperhanger has to deal with responsibilities as mentioned below.
The art of paperhanging can be learned on the job. However, some expert professionals recommend an apprenticeship program. Many employers offer on-the-job training to their employees. There are various formal and informal training programs that equip candidates with utmost information about their profession.
Generally, the apprenticeship program incorporates a fine blending of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. During the apprenticeship, candidates are paid for their work. The duration of apprenticeship for paperhangers is two to four years. A paperhanger should possess good communication skills. Some organization offer certification and training courses to enhance the required skills of their employees.