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HardWall 
Hi Paul, I have put a thin layer of hardwall plaster over soft red brick but I couldn't complete the wall on the same day. Its now dried out and needs …

Sand/cement backing coat on thermalite blocks 
Hi Paul I followed your video on how to apply a backing coat. However on thermalite blocks I encountered a lot of problems using sand/cement. (I appreciate …

skim over bottle coving Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I'm about to takle the living room and thanks to your site I'm now pretty confident at skimming walls, but this particular room has coving between …

Uneven finish ....sand it maybe? Not rated yet
Hi Paul, Just skimmed over some old rough looking plaster, although it was Fairly stable/flat and not all falling off. I'm not happy with my finish because …

Plastering around ceiling spots Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I'm about to skim over an painted artex ceiling. I vaguely remember from a plastering course two years ago that I'll need to scrape the bumps …

Plasterboard preparation  Not rated yet
Hi. I am doing a loft conversion / renovation of a few other rooms and have been putting up plasterboard and had a few questions. 1. I really don't …

blown plaster Not rated yet
I'm preparing to skim a room and I've noticed that some of the old plaster has a hollow sound when I tap on it in places like it isn't bonded well to the …

Gaps in Plaster Board Not rated yet
Paul. In preparing for skimming a wall,I have fit plaster boards. This has resulted in gaps of varying depth (up to about 7mm in places between the top …

Volume Not rated yet
Paul. I believe the rule of thumb is that a bag of skim will cover about 11m2 @ 3mm thickness. Is there a equal rule of thumb for say what coverage …

Temperature & Humidity Considerations Not rated yet
Paul. Will soon be skimming the walls in a house that we are renovating. It is currently a shell with no heating (other than a portable electric fire …

Uneven plaster colour tone Not rated yet
Hi Paul My plastering is slow and I think that I fuss too much with the coats, although I am trying to learn to ignore the marks/lines/dips as much as …

Repairing Blown Plaster Not rated yet
Hi, Thank you for these amazing videos. I am plastering a room and have a couple of questions. Part of the wall in an alcove has blown, so I think …

Rough Patches in Skim Not rated yet
Hi Paul I will be plastering my last wall in hall stairs and landing, I keep getting these rough patches in places but I don't recognise them when plastering …

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