If you are a beginner to plastering then before starting any plastering job be sure to consider these tips and techniques for proper job preparation.
1. Choose Your Area: If you are a novice plasterer barnet then you might prefer to start in a spare bedroom with an existing poor finish that can only be made better which will greatly reduce the stress on you. Remember, you can plaster skim the walls as many times as you like so you can always go over a not so perfect job later as you get better.
Plastering is largely a matter of confidence and you may prefer to start in a low-pressure environment first before hitting your own walls for the first time. However, don’t worry, providing you have a decent plastering course to follow then you will find that this is not a long learning curve and you will be amazed how good your first results come out.
Remember: 90% of plastering is having the confidence and sticking to what we at Mastering Plastering call the “Golden Formula” to the letter.
2. Ensure A Good Supply of Water: If cleanliness is next to Godliness then plastering is the holy trade! Ask any plasterer barnet and you will be told the same thing, keep your equipment very clean and most importantly clean as you go.
As you will have no doubt noticed, mixed plaster sets very hard and sets quite fast. You might have visions of washing dried plaster off buckets and equipment after you have finished your job or leaving it until tomorrow but trust me, dried plaster sticks like stone and you need to clean thoroughly and continually as you go.
There are reasons for this:
* Plaster cleans off much more easily when wet.
* Plastering equipment will usually need replacing if plaster is not cleaned off with water before it dries and this can get expensive and is wasteful.
* Any flecks of dried plaster in your buckets or on your equipment from previous sessions will later break off to contaminate future batches of plaster. This can spell disaster as these little gremlins will cause streaks or “pulls” in your finish causing you endless frustration and poor results.
* Contamination in new batches of plaster can result in the drying time of plaster being adversely affected as you will learn and this will cause chaos to applying the “Golden Formula” as used by most plasterer barnet.
* Contaminated plaster can’t be used and will need to be disposed of costing time and money.
* A good tradesman is a tidy one and sloppy processes lead to sloppy work and unhappy customers.
To ensure a clean job you will need a good supply of clean fresh water. This can be a problem on some building sites where there is no running water. Also, because plaster and plasterer barnet can get messy you should avoid using your own or your customer’s kitchen sink where possible. Fill plenty of buckets of water in advance for mixing and cleaning and remember that plaster can block drains so avoid flushing too much plaster slurry down the drains. Dispose of water dirty with plaster down a main outdoor drain not a sink drain (we haven’t yet written Mastering Plumbing!). In particular, always keep your buckets and trowel clean and ensure you only use perfectly clean water for mixing with plaster. As a rule, if you wouldn’t drink it don’t use it for mixing plaster.
Only ever use clean and very fresh water for mixing plaster. If you don’t then your plaster will “go off” (i.e. set) to quickly and will need to be discarded. So, as a rule…