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.

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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Dec 08, 2018

Skimming over old sand a cement

Hello Paul I am currently prepping for the plaster in my house it had some live areas of plaster so I have scraped it all off back the the existing sand

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Nov 07, 2018

Crazing in skim

Hi, I've skimmed a small plasterboard wall (1 x 2.2 m) and the plaster has crazed in places as it has dried. Small The pasteboard has been up for months.

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Oct 11, 2018

Levelling Plastered and Plasterboarded Surfaces

Hi Paul, I attach a photo showing the other side of my infilled doorway. How do I get a crack free join between board and plaster where I have removed

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Oct 11, 2018

Levelling Plastered and Plasterboarded Surfaces

Hi Paul, Thanks for your advice regards my project, see below. Okay Mike the main video/info from the site that will help you is: the whole skimming

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Aug 07, 2018

Patched plaster not flush

Hi, Before signing up to your site I patched some holes with bonding but couldnt get the patched flush with the existing wall. They're only 1-2mm proud

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Apr 19, 2018

What sort of plaster for Solid Stone Bathroom Wall

I have stripped back a bathroom wall to the stone (old house, solid stone walls), not an external wall, which used to be tiled. I do not wish to re-tile,

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Apr 19, 2018

Can skimming be affected by wallpaper paste residue

After removing wallpaper and getting rid of as much wallpaper paste residue as possible I am wondering if any that is left will affect the skimming. Should

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Apr 04, 2018

Skimming A Wall With Bulges

Hi, First thank you so much for making this course - nothing else I've found online or in print compares in quality or would have given me much chance

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Apr 04, 2018

Decorative edges around fireplace

Hi Paul, I'm working on the chimney breast as you will see from the pics. Plan is to install a woodburner, and we'd like to keep the original bricks as

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