Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
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PLASTERER

Plasterers are skilled professionals who construct and cover traditional internal and external walls. They can work alongside the construction industry or with building services, creating partitions, panels, walls and decorative arches in houses and other buildings.

Internal walls need to be covered in plaster in order to be painted or decorated. Plasterers will need to mix up the correct amounts and consistency of plaster in order to prepare them. For external walls, plasterers may be required to use different coatings such as pebble-dash, decorative brick work, sand or cement.

There are three main types of plastering that a plasterer will work in:

  • Solid plastering – applying wet finishes to surfaces and covering with protective materials
  • Fibrous plastering – creating plaster features such as ceiling roses and architraves, made by using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts
  • Dry lining – constructing and fitting internal plasterboard or wallboard partitions

The process of plastering involves creating and applying the mixture, using specific tools such as trowels, planes and saws. This can be for repair purposes or for brand new walls. After creating the foundation of plaster, they will ‘white-coat’ the surface.

Plasterers can work for specialist plastering firms, building contractors, local authorities and other public organisations. Many plasterers also become self-employed after gaining good experience and start working as a sub-contractor. Plasterers can also combine their skills with painting and decorating, so that they can see the project on further.