Ah, The Simple Things: 10 Ways Masking Tape Can Help You Remodel

From on October 17, 2008 in Building Materials

Masking tape: that wonderful little roll of goodness that sits in the junk drawer just waiting for its time to shine. It turns out that masking tape has many more uses around the home than you may have realized. Originally designed for use on cars with two-tone paint jobs, masking tape’s great advantage is the ability to remove it without leaving a trace of adhesive residue and without damaging the existing surface. That important point being expounded, here are 10 ways masking tape can help you with your remodel:

  1. Cutting corners. Let’s get the easy one out of the way first. Masking tape’s most common use (beside trash can basketball) is for “cutting” in paint. Simply apply it along corners, ceilings, and around windows to prevent those inevitable slips of the paint brush from marring areas you don’t want to paint.
  2. Labeling. There are always reasons to label, not just things, but places. “New Outlet Here” or “Light Fixture There” are just a few. Masking tape, again, comes off easy and, should you change your mind, you haven’t written all over your walls.
  3. Hold it down, hold it up. It is tape after all. So why not use it to hold up plastic sheeting across doorways to prevent the spread of dust or hold down the drop cloth while painting.
  4. Creative painting. Maybe you want a checkerboard pattern in the kid’s room. Guess who’s there to help you section it off and make painting a breeze. That’s right…masking tape.
  5. Cut once, cut straight. I’m borrowing this idea from art class, where tape is often used for cutting poster board and the like. Masking tape makes an easy, removable guide for the many cuts involved in remodeling, especially on the decorating end of the deal.
  6. Keep it together. Need to hold anything together? Perhaps a bundle of screws that need saving. Grab the masking tape.
  7. On the level. To avoid marking up finished walls, many cabinet installers will use masking tape to mark a level line to ensure getting it right the first time. A worthwhile idea.
  8. Permits please. What are you gonna use to tape your building permit to the front door? Masking tape. Do those blueprints keep falling about? Tape them down.
  9. Measure once. A common frustration in remodeling is forgetting your number by the time you reach the sawhorses. A couple small strips of masking tape on the face of your tape measure and you have yourself a nice, easy-to-carry writing surface.
  10. Cut once, cut cleanly. Say you’re cutting a hole for a light fixture in your wall paneling, you can put masking tape on the saber saw’s guide to prevent scratches or slippage while you cut.

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