In simple terms, solid plastering involves covering surfaces and ensuring that a finish is created that makes the surface suitable for painting. A large proportion of solid plastering experts are actually self-employed and subcontracting firms often hire them for their expertise. The solid plastering applied by the professional ensures that the surface is protected from weathering and also provides important insulating cover for walls. The end result is an easily cleaned, hard wearing and hygienic surface. This action makes sure that the water has a waterproof barrier and the plasterer can also add an array of decorative finishes to small domestic buildings or large commercial ones.
Duties Of A Solid Plastering Expert
Solid plasterers are in-demand and this desire for their expertise is rising daily. Here is a list of things an experienced solid plasterer is expected to do:
- Straighten and level the angles and corners of ceiling and wall surfaces
- Prepare and clean surfaces by using mechanical hammers to make them rough or else by stapling frames made from wire-mesh to them
- Mix and apply coats of cement, render, plaster or comparable materials to ceilings and walls before using trowels to smoothen and level them
- Add finishing plaster coats to ensure a smooth finish
- Render exterior moulds and walls
- Erect scaffolding
Solid Plasterers In Action
As solid plasterers are dealing with buildings, often of substantial size, they are required to have a reasonable level of experience if they wish to be part of a commercial plastering project. For example, such a plasterer may encounter a wall that isn’t strong enough to support the plaster. In this case, the surface needs to be made suitable for plastering again which means relaying it or strengthening it with wire.
If you decide to become a solid plasterer, you will be working with materials such as cement, lime, sand, gypsum and additives like bonding and waterproofing agents. You will probably need a City & Guilds or NVQ qualification and/or serve as an apprentice in order to be accepted as a solid plasterer. You will work indoors and outdoors as part of a small team and will perform many of the main tasks standing up for hours at a time. To be a successful solid plasterer, you must be able to read and understand plans, have a head for heights, have excellent hand-eye coordination while possessing good stamina.
Solid Plastering Vs. Fibrous & Dry Lining
While solid plastering can occur indoors or outdoors, fibrous plastering mainly takes place indoors and is used as decorative plastering. Solid plastering differs from dry lining as the latter is relatively easy to perform since plasterboard is used instead of wet plaster. Solid plastering requires less specific qualifications and experience than fibrous plastering while encompassing more types of work so it is a good starting point for new workers. When you begin your career as a plasterer, it is solid plastering you should concentrate on first in order to get the experience under your belt before you seek out more specialist tasks.