Do’s and Don’ts for working with your plasterer

March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Posted in plastering | Leave a comment
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Hope you find my list of do’s and don’ts useful for a happy working relationship with your plasterer… and yes much of it involves tea as we are usually easily pleased.

Do

  •  Answer the door with a smile on your face and look like you are happy to see me or at least expecting me.  It’s always nicer if customers are dressed when I turn up on time and don’t leave me standing on the doorstep while they have a shower.
  • Make a cup of tea straight away with refills every half an hour
  • Clear things from the room as we previously requested. Empty means empty.  We can make arrangements in advance for large items that are too difficult to move but our costs are based on time from what we have agreed with you previously and we have health and safety to consider.   Please note: large professional sized snooker tables and grand pianos will be covered with dust sheets and used as steps.
  • Pay promptly as agreed with a smile on your face

Don’t

  • Make tea with UHT or powdered milk, or make tea in the microwave or in cups that have remains of bleach in them.
  • Leave the last bits of wallpaper for me to get off unless you don’t mind us charging you extra cost for the extra time this takes.
  • Use me as a child minder whilst I am skimming a ceiling and you pop to the shop for milk. 
  • Leave me with unsupervised mad dogs running about playing a game of “fetch the trowel”
  • Assume that the plaster will be white! All our quotes say it will be pink (the colour of standard multi-finish plaster).  There is an extra option provided in our quotes for painting or for using white plaster.

 For my part I will

  • Wear jeans that fit, have no rude slogans on my t-shirt, not trample dirt into your carpets with my dirty boots,
  • Use dust sheets and be clean and tidy while I work
  • Not use foul language while working in your house
  • Park considerately and not upset the neighbours
  • Get materials organised in advance, start on time, finish on time and do a quality job.
  • Not call you love, mrs, sweetheart, sunshine, or mate or suck air through my teeth when you ask a question of how long or how much.
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Arched Alcove with Cupboard – make good and skim

August 18, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in plastering | Leave a comment
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The edges and parts of this alcove with a cupboard needed to be made good and skimmed.

top corner of arch

This took half a day for a customer in Huntingdon.

Other pictures of the work in progress are shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

old egdeold plasterin progress

Ceiling repair and plumbing leak fix

May 17, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Posted in plastering, plumbing, Skimmed ceilings | Leave a comment
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1 300 x 250 ceiling skimWe fixed a plumbing leak and repaired the ceiling and skimmed the ceiling smooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 250 x 250 plumbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 250 x 300 plumbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 250 x 300 ceiling

Bathroom refit with shower and bathroom furniture

May 17, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Bathrooms, Ensuites, plastering, plumbing, radiators, showers, Skimmed ceilings, Skimmed walls, Tiling | 1 Comment
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1 250 x 300 shower, cabinet and basinThis bathroom in Huntingdon was refitted to remove the bath and fit a large shower enclosure with a tall cabinet.  The basin and toilet were replaced, the floor was tiled, the ceiling was skimmed and the walls were painted.  Spotlights were fitted to the smooth ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

2 250 x 300 basin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 250 x 300 toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 250 x 300 radiator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 25 x 300 shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 250 x 300 valve

Garage Conversion in Cambridge

May 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Garage Conversions, Plasterboarding, plastering, Skimmed ceilings, Skimmed walls | Leave a comment
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These photos just show the skimming stages of a garage conversion in Cambridge

1 300 x 250 boarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 300 x 250 skimmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 300 x 250 skimmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 300 x 250 window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 300 x 250 dorma 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 300 x 250 skimmed 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 300 x250 skimmed 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 300 x250 skimmed 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 300 x 250 dorma 2

Garage Conversion in Stukeley Meadows

May 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Garage Conversions, plastering, Skimmed walls | Leave a comment
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This garage conversion in Stukeley Meadows was to be used as a home office.

1 300 x 250 window2 300 x 250 door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 300 x 250 window and door out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 300 x 250 studwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 300 x 250 loft insulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 300 x 250 boarded ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 300 x 250 insulated pb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 300 x 250 window insulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 300 x 250 door and plasterboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 300 x 250 skimmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 300 x 250 skimmed ceiling and spotlights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 300 x 250 finished

Bungalow conservatory

May 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Dot and dab, Plasterboarding, plastering | Leave a comment
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300 x 250 skimmedThis bungalow in Huntingdon required the conservatory wall to be boarded and skimmed.  The boarding was dot and dabbed and then skimmed. 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 dot and dabbed 3300 x 250 dot and dabbed 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

300 x 250 dot and dabbed 1

 

 

 

300 x 250 dot and dabbed 2

Ensuite refit in Stukeley Meadows

May 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Bathrooms, Ensuites, plastering, plumbing, radiators, showers, Skimmed ceilings, Tiling | Leave a comment
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250 x 300 shower and tilingThis ensuite in Stukeley Meadows was refitted with tiling, replacing radiator for towel rail radiator, ceiling skim with spotlights, basin and toilet refit, and shower refit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 toilet basin and tiling250 x 300 basin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 radiator250 x 300 toilet

Backing plaster and skim

May 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Posted in plastering, Skimmed ceilings | Leave a comment
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250 x 300 hack off 2This property required us to hack off old plaster which had blown and to apply backing plaster and then a two coat skim.

A cupboard was also built and skimmed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 window scratch 1

250 x 300 window scratch 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 window skimmed

250 x 300 hack off 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 scratch 1250 x 300 walls scratch 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 cupboard

Ensuite with porcelain tiles

May 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Bathrooms, Ensuites, plastering, plumbing, radiators, showers, Skimmed ceilings, Tiling | Leave a comment
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250 x 300 shower 1This ensuite refit in Huntingdon consisted of making alterations to allow as large an enclosure as possible to fit into the ensuite.  The ceiling was skimmed, the walls and floor were tiled with porcelain tiles, and a radiator was replaced with a towel rail radiator.

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 enclosure and toilet

250 x 300 shower  light on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250 x 300 tiling and concealed valve

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