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By tauntonplastering, Mar 1 2016 09:55AM

In this case, the client was experiencing damp and water penetrating from the exterior of the building. To rectify this, we hacked off the old, exisiting porous rendering and re-applied two coats of waterproof sand cement. We also drilled a DPC using Sovereign Chemicals damp proof cream for added security.


The image below shows the before and after images, although the first image is after we hacked off - we were too eager to get started we forgot to take a picture until this point!

By tauntonplastering, Feb 17 2016 07:31PM

Here are some images of a safe artex removal using Eco Solution's brand: X-Tex. This product is incredibly simple to use, but please remember to use waterproof dust sheets and tape EVERYTHING up (that's no exaggeration either).


The way the product works is simple, all you need to do is brush it on, walk away for an hour - perhaps longer depending on how much artex is present, or how much paint is on the artex. Then simply scrape off! Please wear goggles when scraping as it does literally fall down from the ceiling.


If you read our previous blog post on artex removal - the safe way - you'll understand the true effectiveness of this product.


We finished the ceiling by plastering with Gypsum Multi-Finish, a product we couldn't be without.



By tauntonplastering, Jan 22 2016 06:39PM





This was our first time visiting Weybridge.... and we doubt it will be the last. We have to admit that this was one of the nicest places we have visited for work (aside from the West Country of course!!!) We came here to plaster a whole kitchen, plaster parts of the clients bedroom where a dado rail had been removed and also we plastered over the serving hatch which was originally in the kitchen opening out into the open plan livingroom/dining area.


Underneath the obligatory scenic images (this was the view from our clients livingroom by the way - wow!) we have images of the kitchen that we worked on. First you'll see the walls with plasterboards on, followed by the pictures showing the room freshly plastered so you can see the before and after.



View from the living room
View from the living room

Plaster board one.
Plaster board one.

Plasterboard one - now plastered
Plasterboard one - now plastered


Plasterboard two
Plasterboard two

Plasterboard two - now plastered
Plasterboard two - now plastered


Plasterboard three
Plasterboard three


Plasterboard three - now plastered
Plasterboard three - now plastered

The ceiling was a tricky one initially, as in kitchens there tends to be a build up of grease, which even when uni-bonded, will make plastering slightly more difficult. We had to give it a good three coats of uni-bond, compared to the usual one/two coats, simply because the steam and the grease had got into the boards. This could cause plaster to dry too quickly and graze (have small web like cracks all over) a result from too dry plaster. We prevented this by applying additional coats of uni-bond. It really came up amazing.


Plastering images on their own never quite seem as exciting as the finished article. But after seeing some of the bespoke kitchen ideas from our client, we can guarantee that this kitchen will look incredible. Look out for these on the gallery page in the coming months.









By tauntonplastering, Jan 17 2016 10:55AM

Recently we've had a lot of requests for damp proofing jobs, so we felt it only fair to post some of the images of current projects and our solutions to the problem.


This client had severe damp problems due to the poor building work carried out by their next door neighbours who had built a retaining wall extremely close to the property (we're talking inches). One part of the wall had bridged the DPC of the clients house, allowing water to go up and above the exisiting damp course and into the property.


The only solution we could do until the wall was taken down was to use a tanking system inside and also double drill injectection with DPC cream. The ground level was higher next door so instead of the normal 1.8 meters high allowance for damp proofing, we actually had to take it to 2.4 meters to solve the problem.


We then used waterproof sand cement and skimmed to a perfect finish. This waterproofs the inside of the house against any penetrating water from the outside. This has solved the internal problem, but not the external. The outside retaining wall needs to be moved back to at least a meter to allow maintenance and service to the clients house.


Negotiations are still being made with the neighbour regarding the retaining wall.



By tauntonplastering, Jan 6 2016 09:51AM



Now you’ve made the decision to hire a professional plasterer, but how much is it going to cost? This ultimately depends on the nature of the job and the amount of experience a plasterer possesses. The table below – taken from the Which? website – shows a range of different plastering jobs, how long they may take and the amount of money you may be expected to pay.


(Prices correct in 2012, prices will be slightly higher now in comparison. Remeber, this is just a guide).



Which? Research into Plasterering Prices and Completion Times
Which? Research into Plasterering Prices and Completion Times

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These prices are merely a guide because prices can vary a great deal in the complexity of a job so there is not always a one-size fits all approach.



The biggest golden rule when seeking the help of a professional plasterer is not to automatically go for the cheapest option. Question it, why are they so cheap? For example, you decide to get a range of different quotes and the cheapest option you have is around £80 per day, plus the cost of materials. Initially this seems great, if you can save money on the new ceiling overskim then you’ll be able to spend more on soft furnishings right? In theory yes, but then, what if the reason why they are so cheap is due to their lack of experience?



Looking at sources online; the average day rate of a plasterer shows that those requesting around £80 a day will most likely be newly qualified plasterers who will be lacking in experience. What if they come across something they haven’t done before? How would they know if there is distemper paint on the wall? The minute uni-bond and then plaster is applied to it, the plaster will blister and fall off!



According to Whatprice.co.uk the typical day rate for a plasterer varies from £150-£250 depending on the materials required and their location. This is also stated on self-build.co.uk: “However as a guide, Tristan Rees (a recommended plasterer on Ratedpeople.com) suggests, a plasterer should charge on average £150 per day and anything from £50-£100 per labourer.” This would be factored into an overall price.



When choosing a plasterer to complete your work, it is always safer to opt for a price rather than a day rate. This prevents any unexpected bills and to stop tradesman from taking advantage. Otherwise, before you know it your day rate price (which seemed very competitive at first) has started getting higher and higher and your job is nowhere near finished. Be cautious.



Years of experience will ultimately result in a higher quality finish and this will not come at a rate of roughly £80 a day.



Everyone is trying to save money, but in doing so they are losing quality. Just remember when looking for your next plasterer, those walls and those ceilings can make or break a room. And you have to look at them every single day. That render, if poorly applied will be visible for all to see. And suddenly that bargain, which you got initially, doesn’t seem like such a good idea now. Remember, your home is your castle.




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