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arch cove

obsolete The leader of a male band of thieves or gypsies. The arch cove kept the audience dazzled and distracted while his gang went through and pickpocketed the crowd.
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bang-up cove

obsolete A stylish and well-groomed man who is spendthrift with his money and means. "Bang up" is an obsolete slang word for being extravagant or very fine, and "cove" is a British slang word for a man. My word, that dashing gentleman is certainly a bang-up cove; he has purchased food and drink for all of the patrons in the tavern.
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Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and some can match existing coving, and repair and restore it.
Period coving is made of plaster, and many coving specialists make and fit plaster coving, but I wouldn't recommend putting it up yourself because it's very heavy.
Period coving is made of plaster and many companies produce and fit this - it's very heavy though, so be wary of trying to put it up yourself.
The lightest and easiest coving to use is expanded polystyrene, but there are a few other DIY-friendly types, including polyurethane and duropolymer.
Apply it to the top and bottom of the coving using a pointing trowel.
Firmly press the coving into position within the guide lines drawn earlier.
Our guide applies to all types of coving, but it's important to read the manufacturer's instructions before you start as materials may vary.
A sound, dry, clean surface is needed to fix coving, so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from the area of the wall and ceiling to be covered.
A sound, dry, clean surface is needed to fix coving so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from the area of the wall and ceiling to be covered.
The easiest way to do this is by using the coving itself as a guide to mark out the area to be stripped, but you can use a rule, straight-edge and pencil if you prefer.
Key the area between the guidelines by scoring the plaster with criss-cross lines to give the coving adhesive a better grip.
Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and can often match existing coving (and repair and restore it, if necessary).
If you're decorating a room from scratch, the coving should be done first.
Coving can only be fixed to a sound, dry, clean surface, so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from this area.