Paperhangers

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Also known as:  Billboard Poster, Paperhanger, Wall Covering Installer, Wallpaper Hanger, Wallpaperer

ABOUT PAPERHANGER CAREERS

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It's human nature to want to change our surroundings once in a while - and that keeps paperhangers in business. Paperhangers cover interior walls and ceiling with many different types of decorative paper or fabric.

Though the wallpaper is usually selected by the client, it's up to the paperh ...
anger to take measurements and calculate how many rolls and how much adhesive will be needed to cover the area. This worker uses specialized tools, chemicals - and a lot of elbow grease - to prep the walls, removing imperfections and old materials. Then the transformation begins, strip by precisely trimmed strip.

Patterns are carefully matched and the surfaces smoothed of all bumps and wrinkles, so that the final result is seamless. It's a very physical profession. Paperhangers need stamina, good balance and strong arms - much of the work is done overhead. But since the jobs are usually indoors, the work environment is generally comfortable and jobs are available all year.

Many experienced paperhangers are self-employed and work alone, choosing their own hours. Being an assistant is a good route to a career in this field, though some vocational schools offer training. Paperhangers can affect the one change in a room that can have the most visual impact.
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Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove old materials or prepare surfaces to be papered.
Leadership
MED
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
MED
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Mix paste, using paste powder and water, and brush paste onto surfaces.
Place strips or sections of paper on surfaces, aligning section edges and patterns.
Apply thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brushes, rollers, or pasting machines.
Set up equipment such as pasteboards and scaffolds.
Apply adhesives to the backs of paper strips, using brushes, or dunk strips of prepasted wallcovering in water; wiping off any excess adhesive.
Apply sizing to seal surfaces and maximize adhesion of coverings to surfaces.
Remove old paper, using water, steam machines, or solvents and scrapers.
Measure surfaces and/or review work orders to estimate the quantities of materials needed.
Trim rough edges from strips, using straightedges and trimming knives.
Check finished wallcoverings for proper alignment, pattern matching, and neatness of seams.
Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, using hand tools.
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Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
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Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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