First Time Plasterer Seeking Advice

Discussion in 'Other Trades Talk' started by AndyF55, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    when the op starts his ceiling he'll wish he never started......................:(
     
  2. BuilderMCR

    BuilderMCR Active Member

    Threads gone a bit of topic.

    Wear goggles when you do your ceiling Andy!

    I had my eye dyed green once...
     
  3. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    I'm glad the OP asked....
     
  4. BuilderMCR

    BuilderMCR Active Member

    I'm glad your glad your learning. Stick with me kid.
     
  5. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select


    ???????
     
  6. Your all squabbling over nothing.

    As said Blue-Grit it, or as all the pros are now using, sbr, water, with a few handfuls of K-Rend.
    Cheapest mix and covers all angles.
     
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  7. Look, no-one asked you to come on here and be all sensible...
     
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  8. FatHands

    FatHands Well-Known Member

    :D:p
     
  9. AndyF55

    AndyF55 New Member

    Third wall done. Didn't realise how knackering this would be!
     
  10. BuilderMCR

    BuilderMCR Active Member

    Any improvement?
     
  11. FatHands

    FatHands Well-Known Member

    Surprising isn't it! The mixing up, weight of the hawk with plaster on. Wait until you do a ceiling and your arms are aching like **** after the first coat and you have to mix and get another coat on!
    Getting better?
     
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  12. AndyF55

    AndyF55 New Member

    Not really in an improvement in the plastering, but finding a better routine for preparing, mixing and cleaning etc. The ceiling is going to be a killer I'm sure.

    Still, even thought the results are pretty mixed, it's very satisfying. Night off tonight though - few beers in order methinks.
     
  13. BuilderMCR

    BuilderMCR Active Member

    Have a few beers while your skimming the ceiling! It might improve your plastering, or at least take the pain away
     
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  14. Here's the weird thing - I preferred doing ceilings to walls... :(. Provided you have a low, wide surface to work from.

    You don't want a long arm stretch, or your face pressed against the ceiling. If you can reach to skim the ceiling with your elbow crooked at just under 90o, it shouldn't be too bad.

    But, get that lowish working platform sorted first - or you will regret it.
     
  15. BuilderMCR

    BuilderMCR Active Member

    You prefer doing ceilings because nobody can get a close look at your work :D
     
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  16. True. Sadly not even the wife... :(
     
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  17. remove the loose stuff leave the rest, pva the wall (3:1 water:pva) then mix the plaster like chocolate and skim it, will be fine
     
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