Plastering

If your walls sufferred cracks in one of the earthquakes, maybe there was water damage, perhaps you put a hole where there shouldn’t be one, or if you’re building internal walls, I should be able to help.

I served an apprentiship in the UK with my brother-in-law. He’s a fifth generation plasterer, and so I was taught the trade slowly and progressively.

For months I’d do little else but mix up the plaster (adjusting the wetness according to the current humidity and temperature, the likely plastering time for that particular wall, which coat, etc.), before I’d be let even near to touching the trowel.  Of course now I have my own well worn trowel, and replaster entire houses by myself.

Sometimes it’s a lot more effective (in terms of cost, time, and the finish), to strip back the existing wall to it’s bare bones, and secure brand new jib board across the whole area, than to try and patch in lots of areas of damage from tile adhesive, water damage, etc.

In NZ, the common method of plastering is often to only plaster the joins between each jib sheet, using a mesh tape across the join to help pull them together and reduce subsequent cracking.  However in the UK, the standard (amongst professionals) is to apply two coats of plaster across the whole wall area.  The first coat is around 3mm thick, the second coat around 1.5mm thick.  This gives a smooth, cool, ceramic like surface.  I can of course offer either option, but prefer to skim the whole wall for a more complete finish, especially if you’re painting.

Using natural earth plasters can additionally provide space for the wall to breath, and to help equalise humidity.  I’ve been attending various workshops by EBANZ over the last few years, as the aim is to build our own off-grid home using natural materials, in the years to come.  If you’re working on a strawbale, adobe brick, or other natural material construction home, I’m keen to work with you, and supportive of your aims.

Plastering can also involve building new internal walls within existing structures, such as within loft conversions, warehouses, garages, shop refits, etc.

Therefore, some of the services I can offer:

  • Plastering walls
  • Plastering ceilings
  • Earth plastering
  • Fixing dents and holes in walls and ceilings
  • Repairing cracks in walls and ceilings
  • Repairing walls and ceilings after water damage
  • Residential and commercial plastering
  • Shop refits