Great Goofs: Seeing the Light

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Seeing the Light

My husband and I fully renovated our living room, including hanging new wallpaper. We found the plaster and lath demolition so grueling that we bought a reciprocating saw before starting the next phase—remodeling the adjacent hallway. I excitedly attacked the hallway wall with this speedy and powerful tool—that is, until I saw light from the living room streaming through the nearly demolished wall. My saw blade was too long. The blade cut cleanly through the lath and plaster layers in first the hallway and then the living room, including the new wallpaper job. I had to shift gears and patch the wallpaper before buying a shorter blade for the recip saw and tackling the rest of the hallway.

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