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Getting dips appear in uniform pattern 
Hello I seem to get dips appear in uniform pattern, Is this trowel technique? Happens more when plaster is firming up a lot and is hard to apply. Can …

Getting an even base on uneven brick walls 
Hi Paul, I've now successfully skimmed three walls and am delighted with the results. The final wall in the room, however was in very poor condition …

Plastering between beads 
Hi Paul I'm loving your website and I always end up referring to the videos when things don't go to plan, its an absolute godsend. This time I'm …

Streak marks in plaster 
Hi Paul Getting some streak marks when troweling up is the plaster too wet at this part or to dry maybe? Cheers Answer It looks like it …

Pipes Not rated yet
Hi Paul. Im taking on a dining room, with a lot of pipe work in there. How best DL tiu deal with plastering in or around pipework? Is it best to "feather" …

skim coat Not rated yet
Hi Paul, thanks for the great videos they have been very helpful. However I have done a backing coat not very well and it's a little bit bumpy so was wondering …

corner beads for replaster Not rated yet
Hello, I want to skim my bedroom as removing wall paper has left the walls in a mess. should i fit corner beads around the window recess and if so, would …

Beading Not rated yet
Hi Paul, Have you any tips for adding beading to a corner, when you only want to plaster one wall ? I am changing the door way at the top of the stairs …

How to achieve a uniform finish Not rated yet
I regularly plaster but every time I see the plaster fries it dries out in different colours. How do you achieve a uniform colour and where am I going …

Obtuse angle Not rated yet
Hi Paul As you may have guessed from the title, I need to skim either side of an obtuse angle, about 130 degrees. (This is around the recess of a roof …

Skim coat not bonding to bonding Not rated yet
Hello Just re skimmed a ceiling had to use bit of bonding on low area first then skimmed over binding was still damp but hard.. When applying second …

Blistering Not rated yet
Paul. Last couple of months have seen me been plastering quite a bit in our renovation project. I have been having great results and I believe this is …

Plastering Technique - sponge Not rated yet
Hi Paul. I made a mistake today - I applied a skim over bare Plaster and with only a single coat of PVA applied beforehand. Consequently the 1st coat was …

Flatness vs smoothness Not rated yet
Hi, You talk alot about flatness first then smoothness, ie its important to get it flat but not that important to get it smooth in the earlier stages. …

remove artex or just plaster over Not rated yet
Hi, Would you recommend removing artex and then plaster or just plaster over it. I saw one of your posts regarding plastering over artex so should be …

Controlling Suction on Plasterboard Not rated yet
Hi I am about to skim coat large areas of plaster board . In regard to controlling suction should I wet the walls first. Also can I do a wall area …

Skim or backing coat and skim? Not rated yet
Hi Paul, Many thanks for your answer to my question on coving and skimming down to the skirting. Just another question regarding the state of the walls …

Re-skimming down to existing skirting Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I'm looking to put some coving up and have a go at reskimming a bedroom. The walls and ceiling have lining paper on. The ceiling is actually …

Am I applying the 2nd Coat too soon? Not rated yet
Paul. Have been doing a fair bit of skimming these last few days, and as a complete novice following your on line tuition, we are pretty pleased with …

Adjoining Walls / Ceiling Not rated yet
Hi Paul, Having completed either a ceiling or wall. I'm finding that when I come to plaster the adjoining wall, the plaster is drying out at the sides …

Plasterboard Condition Ok? Not rated yet
I’m new to this but I’m really enjoying the step by step guides - very clear. I’m almost ready to have my first go on a real wall but I’m a little concerned …

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