Like any DIY job, it’s essential to have the correct tools. Filling in a small crack or hole in the wall can be a relatively simple procedure but, for the professional work our plasterers take on, the task is a lot more complex and we need to ensure we’re fully prepared. The same rule applies to the other services Peak Remedial Services Ltd provides for our domestic and commercial clients in Ashbourne and the surrounding areas in Derbyshire. These include the treatments of timbers affected by wet and dry rot, and damp proofing.
The following list outlines the materials we use when plastering:
Dampening any plastered area with a wet paint brush will make it easier for a float or trowel to glide over the surface. We also use stippling brushes to achieve the plaster effect our clients choose.
Well, we have to mix the plaster somehow.
There are many suggestions online about how this word relates to our trade, but we do acknowledge its links to the bird of prey. A hawk is a metal square, held underneath, upon which the plaster is placed prior to use. It works like an artist’s palette, holding the medium before application.
It’s essential to have some variation of cutting tools on hand when plastering. Most tradesmen carry a utility knife, like the well-known Stanley brand. We require knives to cut through drywall and jointing tape, for example.
Suitable for attaching to a drill, a paddle mixer will rapidly blend the components to form the plaster.
‘Floating’ across the plaster, these essential tools provide an even finish over a large area.
A long-handled sanding tool, this is perfect for flattening walls and ceilings.
Perhaps the most obvious tool, required for applying plaster to a wall before spreading it out, trowels are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Each one is suited to a particular job, such as finishing coats or working around windows.
Essential for all construction jobs, our plasterers and tradesmen wear the appropriate safety equipment when carrying out our range of timber treatments, damp proofing, and wet and dry rot services for Peak Remedial Services’ clients in Ashbourne and the surrounding areas.
Similar to using a comb, scraping the base coat in order to provide a key for the next layer of plaster is quickly done with a large scarifier.
Every tool box should have one. How else can you guarantee your work is perfectly level? Although it’s possible to judge by eye when you’ve worked so long in the trade, a spirit level provides a completely accurate answer.
Sponge and Sandpaper
For smoothing out any imperfections when the plaster has dried, the sandpaper evens out the area in question whilst a damp sponge will wipe away any plaster residue.
Every tradesmen has a personal choice when it comes to the equipment needed for a job, so no two tool boxes are ever the same.
Please contact us at Peak Remedial Services for more information about our timber treatments and damp proofing services. Our plasterers are also on hand to discuss wet and dry rot issues, and advise you on the best course of action. We are more than happy to visit clients in Ashbourne or the neighbouring areas to assess any relevant problems.