Most of us live in houses with either plastered walls or floors but we know little or nothing about plastering. This attitude is quite comprehensible as one needs to have a genuine interest in plastering in order to gain more knowledge about it. Unlike some other professions, one does not just stumble on information about plastering by chance except he/she has a close relative or family who is a plasterer. Now, let’s look at 10 things you possibly didn’t know about plastering;
- Plastering must be done the textbook style.
With plastering, you need to follow the right instructions and precise method in order to achieve a smooth finishing. You can be sure of not achieving a perfect end result if you totally omit or skip a stage.
- Plastering should not be improvised
This means you must never try to improve or simplify the process of plastering that was demonstrated to you during your plastering course.
- Plastering is 100% about following a set of recipes
There are many recipes in plastering but to achieve good results and perfect finishing, one needs to follow the instructions to the letter.
- You can learn to plaster without taking any formal plastering courses
You don’t necessarily need to take up plastering courses in order to be a good plasterer. However, you can educate yourself on plastering via DVDs and books provided the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
- Builders are not necessarily plasterers
Builders may understand most aspects of house construction like brickwork, joinery, and roofing but may never like to do plastering because they rarely learn how to do things the textbook style. Plastering, on the other hand, must be done the textbook style.
- You must end up dusting off the room after plastering
You can never be too careful and no matter how well you seal off rooms with tape and drop sheets, you will end up dusting the house after plastering because you can’t control the dust particles from spreading in the room.
- It is necessary to select the plaster that gives you time to work before it dries off.
Some plasters are affected by weather and other external factors to the extent that they dry off after a certain period of time. The logical thing to do is therefore to select the one that gives you enough to work before it eventually dries off.
- You can’t be neat while plastering
You will obviously get dirty at one point while you are plastering. This is so because once you get to the sanding back part at the end of the day, you will have a lot of plaster dust in your hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.
- The plasterer needs to ascend and descend ladder as many times as possible. Thus, he may end up developing hard rock arms from holding a mouse sander to the ceiling for several hours.
- You also didn’t know that plastering sucks. This is because the job easily becomes monotonous and boring.
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