Tip & How-To about Hand Tools
When working on walls for floors that have very large expanses of flat area, without a laser level it can be very difficult to mark long, straight and level lines. There is a very simple tool that many carpenters and construction workers favor over the laser level, it is the chalk line (or chalk box).
Using the chalk line is very simple, you lay the string down on the surface that you want to level. Many of the chalk lines have a hook like piece on the end to hook on to a nail or edge so you won't need a helper to hold it it place. When you reach the other side of the area you want to level, pull the string taut and pluck the string. This will transfer the chalk from the string to the surface.
If you are using a manual winding chalk line you will need to roll the string back into the box if you want to do another line. Some chalk boxes are automatic and will have a release that will wind the string back up like a tape measure. The reason that you need to rewind the strong after every line drawn is because you need to reload the strong with more chalk. Its like how when painting you need to reload the paint brush with more paint when it runs out.
The chalk inside the box can come in a few different colors that are used for differnet purposes. The most common color is blue, red is more permanent so its good for a line that needs to last for a day or more, and white is good for interior painting because it can wash off easily and doesn't bleed.
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Select a location to hang your mirror by holding it up on different areas of the wall. If possible, ask another person to hold the mirror while you stand on the other side of the room to judge the best spot for displaying it. Once you've decided on a spot, mark the wall lightly with a pencil along the top and bottom edges and/or corners of the mirror.
Place a level against the wall horizontally at the top pencil marks and tilt it up and down slightly until the bubble centers inside the glass tube in the level.
Draw a line lightly with your pencil along the edge of the level.
Lay a thick towel or blanket on a flat work surface and place the mirror on top of it, reflective side down.
Wipe the back of the mirror with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris sticking to the surface and wait 15 to 20 minutes for it to dry. In addition, wipe the wall down and wipe or air-dry it. If either surface has greasy or oily stains or other marks, wash the surfaces with mild detergent, rinse thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any residue, then wipe or air-dry.
Affix strips of heavy-duty, double-sided, mirror-mounting tape to the back of the mirror along the sides, top and bottom.
Remove the paper backing from the double-sided tape strips, align the top of your mirror with the pencil line on the wall and press the mirror firmly against the wall.
Erase any visible pencil marks.
If you need to mount a heavy mirror without putting a hole in a wall, hire a professional mirror installer.
Never touch the adhesive surface with your fingers because you can transfer oil to the adhesive that can reduce its ability to bond to surfaces.
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