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Newsletter Edition 1 Inside: 10 Common DIY mistakes Brits spend £235m per year on DIY mistakes ! 3 Types of Plastering

Dont Pay the Price! Avoid Cowboys DIY Disasters For professional plastering leave it to the experts. ‘Plaster is appreciated for its versatility, fire resistance and ability to reduce noise’

10 Common DIY mistakes.

it is hard and it has to be mixed up only in the quantity needed at the time. It can also be difficult to drive a screw or nail cleanly through plaster. DIY plastering

Shoddy DIY will not only prompt a trip to A&E - approximately 220,000 DIYers are admitted each year - but it’ll also devalue your home.

ends up with walls needing sanding down or a whole wall or ceiling having to be re-done. We have seen examples of plastering over wallpaper or over un-prepared pr poorly prepared surfaces. Sometime a poorly prepared artex ceiling could mean the whole load of artex will fall off in clumps!

1. Being unqualified for the job at hand 2. Using the wrong tools 3. Rushing 4. Inadequate preparation 5. Poor maintenance of tools 6. Inadequate safety gear 7. Not disconnecting power 8. Not using a proper workstation 9. Falling 10. Not allowing for contingency

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Brits spend £235m per year on DIY mistakes ! everyinvestor.co.uk says ‘House-proud Brits spent £235 million putting DIY disasters in the last year, according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. The banks found that 1 in 10 DIYers had paid out up to £500 to fix their own DIY Plaster can be a difficult material to work with it hardens quickly, is difficult to work with once

For professional plastering leave it to the experts. A properly applied plaster wall is as hard as cement, has a smooth finish, is fairly soundproof and is difficult to damage or scratch.


‘Get Plastered the none alcoholic way’ Plastering is an art form that has been around for centuries. When the earliest man moved out of the cave and built new homes out of sticks, he would plaster mud on the walls to help seal the openings. The pyramids have plasterworks in them that are more than 4,000 years old. The Greeks were creating plaster artwork 500 years before Christ. Before the advent of drywall boards, plaster was placed over laths to cover walls and ceilings. One of the most interesting items of note is that the plastering tools and materials used today aren’t all that much different than the ones used centuries ago.

There are Three different types of plastering; 1. Skimming 2. Rendering 3.Float and skim 1. Skimming A light surface skim over either existing plasterboard or existing plaster, limelite plasterering (plaster which is a base coat to prevent moisture build up and particularly good for damp areas and for stone walls). 2. Rendering External plastering which goes on the outside of your property, tyrolean finish (a rough cast finish which goes on rendering to give a more weathered appearance – particularly good for properties on which an imperfect rendering finish is not easily achieved).

dates back as being one of the oldest handi• Plastering crafts within the construction industry sector but if it is done wrong it could leave the walls of your property in terrible condition.

bucket is essential for the mixing of plaster or dry wall •The adhesive. Take a bucket which is easy to clean, because

clean tools are important if you want to do a plastering job.

is physically demanding, it requires long periods • Plastering of standing, lifting, bending and overhead reaching. plastering is being used in many homes as well • Venetian as famous fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci.

most important of plaster is called a skim. • The Skimming is the process by which a thin layer of

plaster is applied to a wall or ceiling to provide a smooth surface.

work with lumpy compound; when mixing the joint •Never compound it has to be of the proper consistency. A good plasterer can achieve an almost mirror like appearance with their ‘skimming’ as it is known in the trade.

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3.Float and skim Where a base coat of plaster is applied and then whe n this has dried, a top coat of skim (often referred to as ‘multifinish’) is applied.

Did You Know?

plastering has many practical applications and • While processes, it is, first and foremost, an art form. Even a flat wall must be smooth, level and ready for whatever decoration the owner wants to put on it.

plastering should be done in frosty weather. • No In cold weather plaster hardens slowly and a longer period of time between coats should be allowed.

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What we have to offer •Skimming •Artex removal/covering •Dry-lining

•Cornicing •Rendering •Coving

•Arches made in situ or removed •Dry wall partitioning •Solid coat backing Email: ioan@mastaplast.co.uk Mobile: 07575 418042

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