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Removing Wallpaper In Stairwell

I'm trying to remove the wallpaper from our 3 story townhouse. There is a staircase in the middle of house, with very tall walls. Most of the wallpaper is along the stairwell. How can I get to the tops of the walls to remove the paper? I have a 2 meter tall ladder, but how can I balance it on the stairs?


Michelle from Sydney, AU

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August 13, 20080 found this helpful

While I have never done this, I have the same problem and the only thing I can figure is one needs a ladder that folds in different lengths and positions so that the short end is to the top of the steps and a longer side on a lower step. I'm not suggesting this brand of ladder but I found this site to show you what I mean. Good luck in your project. http://www.gori  21-aluminum.aspx

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By Janet from Maine. (Guest Post)
August 14, 20080 found this helpful

Put your ladder on a step against the wall you face as you're coming down the stairs. Next put a 2x6 board (we call a walk board) from the top stair across to the wrung on the ladder that is level with the top stair, We than put a milk crate on that board to stand on to reach the ceiling.


If it's really high, you'll need a ladder going sideways against the side walls resting on the walk board. We have a wallpaper hanging buisness and usually, there are two of us for safety reasons when stairwells are involved!

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August 14, 20080 found this helpful

Have you considered renting a scaffolding?

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful

Definitely have someone with you or perhaps hire a handyman to do just that part of the job?

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