How to Make a Plumb Bob Line for Painting Wall Stripes

Question: I'm in the middle of my first wall striping project. I've determined the size of the stripes, marked their locations across the top of the wall (with a tape measure and a piece of chalk)... and now I'm stuck because my husband can't find his carpenter level.

How do I make perfectly vertical guide lines for taping off the stripes now? Please help!

Answer: The best way to make sure your guide lines are truly vertical is to use a plumb bob line. If you don't have it in your home, you can easily make it yourself:

Tie a small weight such as a metal washer onto one end of a piece of heavy thread or light string. Then tie a knot in the other end (the plumb line should be a few inches shorter than the height of the wall), and poke a push pin through the knot.

When you tack the plumb line to each chalk mark at the top of the wall, the line will hang plumb (perfectly vertical), from the mark.

Use the chalk to mark the path of the line - a few light marks between the ceiling and floor should suffice. Repeat the process until you have marked all of the stripes.

Then, using the chalked marks as guides, mask off the stripes.

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Homemade bob line
by: Ruth Meyer

YES! I've been looking for a technique or a way to mark straight lines. In the past, I used a yard stick but it was always too small, and most of the time I accidentally pushed it off, arghhh!!

I'll be sure to try your idea to make a home-made bob line, sounds easy enough.

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