Posts Tagged ‘switch plate’

Why I Carry a Lot of Tools

November 9, 2015
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I like to remove switch plates, towel bars, and light fixtures before papering, so the new wallpaper can go behind them, for a neat, uniform look and no edges to peel up. Many bathroom accessories come off with aid of an allen wrench. In the top photo, my usual allen wrench set is in the back. But it would not turn the nut inside the towel bar – it did not fit.

Good thing I also carry around a set of metric allen wrenches. That is the larger one in the picture, and it did the trick. In the second photo, you see the mounting hardware that is still on the wall. I will use my screwdriver to remove that, so that the new wallpaper will cover the entire wall surface. Then just a few holes for the screws to hold the bracket in place, and there will be very little damage to the appearance of the paper. This will be helpful in case the homeowners decide to change or move accessories later.

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Switch Plate Screws on Grasscloth

January 31, 2015

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Some people like to cover switch plates with wallpaper. I much prefer the crisp look of clean plates against the paper. And if covered with wallpaper, they will get dirty quickly, because oil from hands will eventually stain the paper.

So here is a nice clean switch plate doing its job to protect the wallpaper. Usually I place the screws so the slits all point upwards, to line up with the sides of the switch plate. But here, with the horizontal element of the grasscloth, I think it looks better to have the slits also run horizontally. They do line up with the horizontal part of the individual switches.