How do I mix it ? Thick? Thin? how do I put it on? This is needed cause me
wife just volunteered me to do a job after I pleeded ignorance she stared me
in the face and told me YOU LL DO FINE threatningly so Im scared I mess it
up help please?
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 10:31:35 GMT, Alan The Braw wrote
If it's any help, tell your wife that some of us -- even those who are
fairly able on most diy stuff -- consider plastering to be one of those
things you just *never* try doing yourself. (Plastering looks simple,
but the skill base isn't learned overnight.)
If you absolutely *have* to do it yourself, the process is:
1. Read up on it.
2. Do as many practice attempts as you can before
tackling the real job.
3. Do the job.
4. Ring a plasterer to come and do remedial work to
clean up the crap job you've just done. :)
Finish coat should just about slide off the trowel when you
hold it vertical, whereas Scratch coat (bonding plaster) will
need a slight jurk of the wrist to make it slide off.
In an upward sweeping motion working across the bottom of the
wall, and then working upwards. If you don't know how to handle
it, getting it to the wall in the first place (rather than down
your sleeve or in your shoe) will be amusing;-)
Ask her to show you how to do it.
I learned it in 2 days (actually, mostly 1 day) on a course.
I went from being completely useless to being better than the
plasterers I was hiring, and so did every one of the 16 people
on the course. I think the issue is that you have to be shown
how to do it, and taken through all the things which can go
wrong and how to correct them. Reading up on it just doesn't
work. Before I did the course, I had joked that 90% of learning
how to plaster was actually learning how to make it look easy.
This turned out to be not far off the truth -- an appreciable
part of the course was learning how to handle the plaster and
the tools correctly and confidently. The plaster knows if you
don't know what your doing, and like a naughty child, will
make the most of your ignorance;-)
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 18:57:04 GMT, Andrew Gabriel wrote
Oddly enough, that's sort of what I meant by "not overnight"! A one-
or two-day intensive course would undoubtedly be useful for the guy.
(Like everyone has said, plastering is one of those things you don't
learn from a book.)
Confidence is undoubtedly the big thing: for example, I find
bricklaying incredibly laborious -- I can do it, but not easily, not
quickly, and not particularly well -- and I'm sure if I felt confident
enough to just get down and *do* the ****ing job rather than worry
about the finer details, it'd go a lot easier.
On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 11:31:35 +0100, "Alan The Braw"
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will most probably end
up with your wife not being quite so willing to suggest you tackle
other plastering projects. The chance of success is, err, slim, and
this is one of those trades which you can't learn out of a book.
Before you begin this journey of discovery you may wish to consult
with a plasterer to see what his charges are for sorting out a botched
job compared with being given a green field wall on which he can apply
his trade. If you've left him with something which he cannot use as a
foundation then it's blue movie time - it's all got to come off.....
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