A bad worker always blames his tools, as they say. And whilst this is true, it still helps to go into any endeavour with the proper tools to make sure you can get the job done. If you want to do plastering having patience, practice and proper equipment is necessary.
If you want to be a good plasterer in Sydney with customers coming in, having the right skills and tools is a must for getting the job done. If you are only starting, start small, like just putting a new coat on some plasterboard. Regardless, if you want to do some plastering, here’s the tools you need. Don’t worry about having to find them, seeing as most of the items your need to start plastering can be found in most large hardware stores.
- The trowel is the plastering tool which you use to smooth out plaster. Trowels come in a variety of sizes, and good hardware stores will have most if not all of the available size of trowels. Go for stainless steel trowels in order to prevent rust from damaging the walls. The trowels should be rounded in order to prevent lines in the plaster work.
- A square foot of metal, used to hold the plaster on your other hand whilst you work on the wall. Hawks are useful, but avoid overloading in order to not be a burden. Start off slow to start. If you are wondering how to use a hawk, it’s treated as a palette.
- Mud pans
- These are elongated metal containers used for holding plaster. They are an alternate to hawks; a convenient containment for plaster. You can close them or put some plastic to cover them whenever you’re out to lunch. Any plasterer in Sydney will tell you to clean the pan every day, otherwise these can rust.
- Of course, you need gloves in order to keep your hands clean and handle the equipment properly. Lime based products are caustic and will dry and irritate your hands. Use latex gloves, and remember to keep a stack of them if or, more likely, when they break.