Hilton Omaha Wallpaper Repair

Wallpaper repair or installation is not something we do on a regular basis. When we do it is usually on a commercial project like the Woodhouse Mazda project we are finishing up this week.

We were recently asked to look at some issues at the Omaha Hilton. With all the Coronavirus madness hotel occupancy has been rather low. With few people in the hotels problems develop. The Hilton had several water issues because the water wasn’t flowing in most of the pipes so leaks developed. This caused damaged drywall and wallpaper.

not good

We are repairing the damaged drywall in the ceilings and walls. Some areas need to be painted and some need wallpaper replacement.


Working around customers (guests) is a challenge as is the logistics of working on the 8th floor when your staging point or work area is on the 1st floor. We set up a cart with most of the supplies we need but there is still a lot of up and down in the elevator.

In this type of environment it is important to be efficient and keep the work areas clean. We had issues to deal with on every floor, 2 through 8. Sanding drywall always creates a lot of dust so we had to be sure to vacuum that up right away.

The drywall repair is just about done. Painting will begin today and the wallpaper repair and replacement will begin next week. That will be complex. Cutting 52 inch paper and pasting it and then getting it up to another floor will be interesting.

It’s too bad we can’t move our cutting table closer to where we need to install the paper but we can’t. It’s big. Can’t really take over a hallway.

When this project is complete we will be moving on to repairing the walls and painting the pool area. That will be interesting. Draining a pool and staging scaffolding in and around the pool.

Can’t Do This Floor

Epoxy floors were a very big part of my business many years ago. Just commercial ones like food plants, etc. We actually did many different types of resinous floors. MMA, epoxy, urethane cement.

There is a lot of money in those types of floors but the big thing for me was the challenge. They are difficult to do and there is always a limited time frame to complete it. Something always seems to go sideways and the pressure is high and all the plants want there floors done at the same time like Christmas, Thanks Giving. If the plant is going to be shut down, plan on spending your holiday there.

I still do floors from time to time but not like the good old days. I never thought I would see a floor I would pass on until last week.

One of the big oil change companies wanted to grind and epoxy their bays and the oil pit areas.

There was so much oil on those floors it would be impossible to grind deep enough to find a sound, oil free surface. Yuk

There was soo much oil that as I was measuring it out, my tape measure was flinging oil everywhere as it spun back into the housing.

I admit defeat. This was one I had to pass on.

Lots Of Safety Yellow

We recently started a job at one of the MUD facilities in Omaha. Metropolitan Utilities District. They are great to work for. This time we are prepping and painting lots of exterior steel. Lots of safety yellow. Much of it can be sanded and painted but some of it will need to be sandblasted. The sandblasting is scheduled for this weekend 10/10/20. There should be much less traffic at the facility on the weekend. The fewer people around when sandblasting the better.

For this project we are using PPG Pitt-Tech. A very good direct to metal coating. We have purchased factory mix safety yellow. That being the case it will still take several coats of paint for proper coverage. Which we would do anyhow.

Safety Yellow
MUD job site

Of course this time of the year we keep an eye on the weather. The forecasts look good through the anticipated completion date. It has been rather cold in the morning though.

I get to do most of the sandblasting. Fun fun. This is always a two man gig so should be able to get some photos.


We went through 2100 Lbs of blast media. A lot more then I thought we would. Had a few issues. We had quite a few clogs in the blast line and one of the times my foreman was clearing it there was still pressure in the line and the coupling blew; he hamburgered the back of his hand.

We had quite a few rocks in the bags of media, so I got pelted several times as the rocks bounced back and hit me. Ouch. One rock took out a window in our work truck even though it was many feet away.

I taped up the window but it still blew inward when on the road. Glass everywhere.

The blasting is done and painting the rest of the safety yellow will be done by tomorrow.

blasting off the old safety yellow
ready for safety yellow

Fix Steel Imperfections

We are currently doing a ground up car dealership (new). Our scope of work is typical for any commercial job. We are doing walls, lots of dryfall (ceilings) epoxy and a bit of wallpaper. What was not in our scope of work was to fix steel imperfections on door jambs.

car dealership bay

On many commercial jobs the general contractor will whip out the awful bondo that is typically used to repair imperfections on cars. This product would work as a first coat if they ever had anybody that knew anything about how to apply it. We were on a large apartment complex job a couple years ago and it was a mess. Every time we turned around there would be someone slathering bondo on metals doors and frames.

On this job the contractor asked us to take over and fix steel imperfections on the jambs of the overhead doors that lead into the garage areas of the dealership. This was of course after someone else gave it a go. Yuk

Most of the imperfections were simply where the jambs were screwed into the wall studs.

don’t do this

Bondo is not easy to sand and if you have a large amount of it and it is not smoothed out it while wet it becomes a pain to sand down smooth.

The approach was to use an orbital sander with 80 grit paper on it to bring it down smooth and then use a detail sander to smooth the edges out. Then we used MH to skim over that repaired area to make it super smooth. MH is a great exterior spackle product. It dries very hard but is not terrible to sand.

These door jambs were made from galvanized steel so we also needed to clean them. Often they have a mill oil on them from when they are made. That oil must be removed prior to painting. We also sanded the entire jamb down to knock off burrs, etc.

Next we primed all those smoothed out areas and used Amershield as a top coat.