All About Plastering

I work as both a plasterere and a plastering instructor.

Here I write about things that crop up in my day to day work, that I think may be of help to anyone wanting to find out a bit more about plastering.

Jul 23, 2022

cracking on new plaster

We have been working on 2 different walls. 1 of the walls shows some patchy cracks while other is are ok with the same mix. what do you think is the problem

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Jul 13, 2022

Cracking - again

Hello. Tried to repair cracks on a 1968 ceiling myself; fail. Brought in a professional and he feathered both sides of the cracks with filler and made

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May 31, 2022

Skimming strip at side of door.

Hi Great videos for learning. I am struggling with skimming a strip (about 1.5 times width of trowel) down side of door. Difficult to get at and can’t

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Feb 07, 2022

How to prevent soot stain and odour bleeding through dot and dab plasterwork?

Hi Paul I don't know if you have had experience of having to dot and dab plasterboard and plaster over soot damaged areas where chimney breasts have been

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Jan 31, 2022

Carnt get smooth finish

Ever time I plaster a wall it looks good but when u touch it it feels ruff Answer A trowel up (smoothing with your trowel) in the final stages, as the

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Jan 03, 2022

When flattening

Seem to get tears and like lines in both 1st and second coats, not sure if I am flattening too soon, tried to get trowel angle between 10/15mm, if you

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Nov 10, 2021

Leaving exposed brick

I am aiming to plaster an area of my Victorian fire place that I have just broke out. I would like to plaster the front facing part but leave the brick

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Oct 08, 2021

Chimney breast removed, sooty brickwork

Hi Paul, We removed an old chimney breast and so the surface to prepare is broken brickwork but with some burnt sooty channels. Any tips on preparation

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Sep 29, 2021

Use of PVA

It seems that PVA has a use on both high and low suction surfaces, is this correct. On low suction surfaces it’s acting as a bonding agent (glue?) and

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May 04, 2020

Mix setting too quick to use

Hi I am using a multi finish plaster and mixing to the correct mix as per bag. 25kg to 11.5li of clean water. I have tested a 5kg mix with 2.3litres of

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Apr 21, 2020

Fire Place

Hi Paul, What would you recommend for plastering the inside faces of a fire place that will house a log burner? My plan was to use a sand/lime render

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Feb 29, 2020

Stone wall

Paul, I have removed blown lime plaster from an internal stone wall. I want to bring the wall back out in cement prior to plastering. How is it best achieved

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May 22, 2019

Partly plastered, partly bare brick / block walls

Hi Paul, I've just removed the stone cladding from my old 1950's fireplace. I'm left with partly plastered and partly bare brick / block work walls around

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May 01, 2019

Skimming Old Plasterboard

Hi have removed wallpaper from plasterboard, there > is a lot of damage to the paper coating of the drywall and it keeps > picking up when trying to plaster

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Dec 08, 2018

Backing for patching in lime plaster

Hi - I've got a patch of about 30cmx30cm lime plaster that has come away from the wall. THe house is around 1840 and stone construction. What should I

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