Throwing My Hands Up & Sunday Sadness


I know you're probably getting sick of reading about the problems with my living room wall. I sure am sick of dealing with it. 

The contractor's strength residue remover did not work. And my ankle is not up to this task after five days of attempting to remove it from the 15 foot wall.

I called the apartment manager yesterday and asked her to check with their painter and ask if he's willing to possibly attempt to fix this. And if so, if he'd come over to give me an estimate.

I mean, what do you do?

The painter works for the company that manages this complex along with others, so he doesn't just work here. Thus I have no idea when I might know something.


What a terrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas. Innocent people outdoors enjoying music at a Sunday evening festival.

Congress is about to look at legislation on gun silencers. The argument is that hunters need silencers on guns to reduce hearing loss.

But the fact is, a person, potentially a victim, has a fighting chance if they can hear the sound of shots being fired. They might have time to get away before being killed.

The Duncan legislation includes language revising federal regulations on the sale of gun silencers, also known as suppressors.

Buyers have to submit fingerprints and a photograph. Federal law enforcement agencies keep a record of silencer purchases. There is also a $200 transfer tax on silencers.

Duncan’s proposal would eliminate those requirements, as well as refund the transfer tax to anyone who has purchased a silencer since October 2015. 

In my opinion we need more laws regarding guns, not less.   


It is hard to wrap one's head around why a 64 year old man living in a retirement community, with no criminal past, would do such a thing. I'm sure more information will come out as time passes. 

But the why does not matter. It never does. Our citizens, our children, deserve better than this.


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  1. Brenda, I have a friend who removed wallpaper using Downy fabric softener and water (don't know the ratio). She sprayed it on and said it really worked well. Now the catch might be that this was 'normal' wallpaper, not 'removable'. I am so sorry you're struggling with this mess. I, too, would have chosen the removable option, thinking I could change it out if I wanted...who would have guessed you'd have to deal with this. I haven't read every post (mea culpa) but I wonder if you've tried contacting the manufacturer?

    I'm with you on the gun issue; it's insane to allow this to continue. But money talks and the NRA has plenty. Common sense out the window.

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    1. The wallpaper wasn't hard to get off. I just pulled it down. It was on there tight, so it was hard to pull. But it all came off. It's the residue it left behind that won't come off.

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  2. All the laws in the world are NOT going to stop any of the "bad guys" from getting whatever gun they want. Sort of like how drugs are illegal, but they manage to buy them anyway, right? Not sure how I feel about the suppressor issue. But I will say that Nevada has rather loose gun laws on the books presently when compared to other states. But again, if someone really wants to get one, they probably will.

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    1. I'm sure they will. But laws mean more prosecution.

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    2. Even if there are gun laws, (in my opinion) the bad guys are still going to get them on the black market, or where ever, whatever it's called today..There will always be good guys (with guns) and sorry to say, the stinking bad evil guys...It seems they don't care what happens to them in regard to the law, they end up being killed, or killing themselves..Senseless acts, that we will never know "why?"...

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  3. Hi Brenda. I too have had success with fabric softener. The other things I have used and had success with are goo gone I bought at the dollar store, rubbing alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Hope this may help.

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    1. I've tried various options and mixes to get it off. Residue removers. It's like gum that has been spread very thin. If I work at it with a putty knife, a little bit at a time, I can push a bit up and then take the putty knife and push it into something to throw away. But I'm talking a small area at a time on a 15 foot wall.

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  4. Brenda
    There is something called Diff. I used it years ago and it worked well. I do not remember the kind of wallpaper except I do remember using a scraper and needing patience. :-(. I believe I had to put it on and wait a while before scrapping.

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    1. I've taken wallpaper down many times. This residue is not like that.

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  5. NRA like big oil...
    running our country.
    guns are for killing. animals or people.
    i'm not for making it easier in any way for either.
    you are right. sadness. and a sense of futility.

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  6. Goodness, I wonder if a light sanding would take it off when dry? I hope the maintenance guy can figure it out. I guess another option would be to buy some textured paint and just paint and have a textured wall?? I'm sickened by what happened at the concert too. I don't know the answer. I'm not a gun person, but do believe people have the right to own one. But those crazy automatics and silencers are not necessary for average people. Praying for all involved.

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    1. Tried a light sanding. Tried sanding with my electric sander. Didn't work.

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  7. Just catching up here, Brenda - I wonder if a solution of fabric softener and water may work to remove the goo. I remember when I removed wallpaper in my NYC apartment I used fabric softener and water, sprayed it on the wall, let it sit, and then peeled the paper off. It worked great and of course would smell a heck of a lot better than mayonnaise or any of the other solutions! It's worth a shot, you never know, right?

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    1. I've today ordered Zinsser Gardz. Supposed to seal it with this.

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  8. Hi Brenda,
    Here is an option for your wall. You can paint over wallpaper if you use Kilz to prime first and then it will seal it and you can use paint over the top. I did this in my kitchen years ago when the wallpaper would not come off the wall no matter what I tried. You could not tell that there was wallpaper on the walls. They looked like regular painted walls. If you have anything that is rough you could sand it first and then use the Kilz primer. Just an idea for you to think about.
    Kris

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    1. Going to try this Gardz stuff. It's supposed to seal it.

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  9. Oh, it's not about the gun! When will they realize not to make it about their agenda. It's about mental illness! On the gooey side of things, have you tried "Goo Gone?" I know your area is large and this comes in a smaller can, but it may be worth a shot!

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    1. Maybe it's mental illness. Guess we'll find out.

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  10. Brenda, I'm sure you'll feel much better once the contractor comes in and fixes things. Sometimes we have to say 'a little help over here'.
    Silencers aren't needed for hunting animals. They make ear protectors. At least if you can hear the gunfire you might have the chance to duck for cover. Or country is filled with so much animosity right now that I wish I could turn back time and enjoy a few more minutes before we collectively lost our minds.

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    1. You and me both! Of course the manager called about the painter AFTER I'd decided to do something else.

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  11. Well, I think most of the comments here were great ones for removing regular wallpaper. But I am pretty sure this wallpaper was more of the contact paper type with a sticky back. If so, you may as well give up on getting it all off. The idea of using some kind of textured paint will be the best option in my opinion. Or having the wall re-textured. And shame on the company that does not warn customers of the difficulty in removing it.

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    1. You're right. More like contact paper.

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  12. Can you call the manufacturer and ask what to use in this instance? I know you probably have done this! Does heat work? Like a heat gun you rent to remove wallpaper? Hope you get some answer soon.

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  13. I hope you can get someone do clean that wall. I'm so sad right now about Las Vegas and all the loss I just can't speak.

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  14. I agree with you, Brenda, that this doesn't make sense, if it's true what his family is saying about him not being this kind of profile. There's definitely more to this story.

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    1. We did hear that he often berated his girlfriend in public. Don't know if that means anything.

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  16. When I prayed about this the other morning PRIOR to even knowing about this silencer issue, I'd prayed that these deaths and injuries would not be in vain.

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  17. Brenda, you must be at your wits' end with that blankety-blank wall! I say don't stress anymore until you can get maintenance or a contractor to look at it. Maybe you could have it ship-lapped! But, for goodness sake, don't get your ankle aggravated and painful again. And don't blame yourself; you didn't have a clue that this would happen.

    I will just say upfront that I am not in favor of anyone, yes, I said anyone, having a gun. They should all be outlawed. If no one were allowed to have them, none of us would have to feel we needed one to protect ourselves. Maybe we all could just have stun-guns instead. I know this position is radical and unlikely to ever become law. I know that to some it is laughable. I know it is unrealistic to think that the majority would ever be in favor of out-lawing guns entirely. But I sure would like to see how the world would change if no one could own a gun. Would we revert to using sticks and stones? Probably. It's not just the access to guns that's the problem. It's the mentality of violence that permeates the cultures. As a society we really don't want to do what it would take to be peace-loving people. End of rant.

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    1. Would you rather the outlaws be the only ones with guns? I guarantee you, they would find a way to have them! Then law abiding citizens would be defenseless.

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  18. I am sorry this happened to your wall, and I hope the painter arrives quickly-- with a solution. It's terrible that a manufacturer would make a product like this!

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    1. The manager called after I gave up and decided on something else. Naturally!

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  19. I'm so sorry you're still struggling with that blasted residue. You must be so frustrated! On another note, I always agree with you on political issues and I certainly side with you on gun laws. If they're so concerned about hunters and hearing loss, why don't the hunters just wear ear plugs?

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