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Paperhangers - 47-2142.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bill Board Poster
  • Bill Poster
  • Hanger
  • Paper Hanger
  • Paperhanger
  • Vinyl Hanger
  • Wall Covering Contractor
  • Wall Covering Installer
  • Wallpaper Hanger
  • Wallpaper Installer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply acetic acid to damp plaster to prevent lime from bleeding through paper.
  • 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.
  • Apply thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brushes, rollers, or pasting machines.
  • 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.
  • Fill holes, cracks, and other surface imperfections preparatory to covering surfaces.
  • Mark vertical guidelines on walls to align strips, using plumb bobs and chalk lines.
  • Measure and cut strips from rolls of wallpaper or fabric, using shears or razors.
  • Measure surfaces or review work orders to estimate the quantities of materials needed.
  • 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.
  • Remove old paper, using water, steam machines, or solvents and scrapers.
  • Remove paint, varnish, dirt, and grease from surfaces, using paint remover and water soda solutions.
  • Set up equipment, such as pasteboards and scaffolds.
  • Smooth rough spots on walls and ceilings, using sandpaper.
  • Smooth strips or sections of paper with brushes or rollers to remove wrinkles and bubbles and to smooth joints.
  • Staple or tack advertising posters onto fences, walls, billboards, or poles.
  • Trim excess material at ceilings or baseboards, using knives.
  • Trim rough edges from strips, using straightedges and trimming knives.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
  • Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Implement advertising or marketing initiatives.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Trim excess material from installations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Paperhanger

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Billposter
  • Paperhanger