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Where do i start off.

Discussion in 'New To Plastering? Read This First...' started by DAn306, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. DAn306

    DAn306 New Member

    Hey guys so im looking to get in to plastering but i have no idea where to start im 26 so im to old for an apprenticeship. Would it be best for me to ring local companys to become a labourer and hope for them to train me up. I just stuck at the moment and any help would be appreciated.

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  2. malc

    malc Private Member

    labourers are a thing of the past for most of us. why would any one waste the time and money to train you up ?. you should have thought about that 10 years ago.
     
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  3. DAn306

    DAn306 New Member

    Ive been the same job for the last 9 years and want a change what is so bad about that i was asking for advice not for negative feedback if you cant help then dont bother saying anything at all. Im not asking anyone to spend money on me i will even go down the route of going on courses. Only trying to find more information out but thanks for the reply

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  4. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    He just told you the truth mate.

    Why plastering it's hard dirty work. Then when rendering u are out in the cold weather conditions are s**t most of the time. If you don't mind me asking how did you get the idea of I'll see if I can become a plasterer. U are 26 now so you will be 30 b4 u are able to do most stuff to a high standard.
     
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  5. Pagey

    Pagey Private Member

    Time and again people think yeah plastering I wanna bit of that hear tales of big money gone by 3pm but the reality is very different, not many companies have time or resources to train people up and if a one man band is busy maybe just maybe your get a few solid months then nothing when it's quiet,then becomes the issue of wages,would u except 50 a day less 20% tax at 26? I started on 20 a day at 15 and took me a while to get a pay rise,taking someone on that hasn't got a clue is just an arse ache really,even basics like scrimming up getting water mixing to right consistency plasterboard, then getting outside and doing rendering I've had apprentices with me who swear blind they have put waterproofed in mix when I full well know they haven't, this is not to put you off it's just the reality that plastering takes years to get right and even then you get the odd f up

    Good luck trying to find something
     
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  6. DAn306

    DAn306 New Member

    So im at the point of hateing my job past year ive been going back and forth and i want to find a career not just a job if that makes sense. I want a trade under my belt as they will always be needed it may sound like a crap reason but thats where i am at at the moment. Im not very good learning out of books and all that stuff im hands on at learning .

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  7. casplas

    casplas Active Member

    I think what malc is trying to say is you will struggle to find a start ,with the whisk most plasterers very rarely need a labourer so in saying that why would you pay someone you don't really need ? spend time training them(you) up ,for you to turn round and leave and become another person to price against in the future , there is a few reasons that there's not enough apprentices but this is one reason , good luck with your search and be prepared for s**t wages and hard graft for at least three years plus
     
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  8. Pagey

    Pagey Private Member

    Try get on a building firm and see if they can get u doing bits of everything then you can see if you do actually want to do plastering
     
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  9. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    I can understand where you are coming from. But plastering internal and external is a lot to learn. Or is it just skimming u want to do?. Plus plastering is going down hill as a trade i was making more money 13 years ago then I am now. @Lodan from the forum did a plastering course he would be able to advise you more then me as he does skimming and plasterboarding. I do everything in the trade and still run out of work every now and again. But don't mind as I hate working.

    Where did you get the idea of plastering
     
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  10. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    No real advice from me, a 6 week course is what I did, but I had decent money behind me to start up and its still been so stressful to get through the first year its made my head spin at times....i wouldnt recommend or not reccommend a course just do what you think is best but you'll need some staying power....even on the course they told me most dont make it
     
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  11. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    And I had some back up, without pete at the end of the phone think I might have jacked it in the first couple of months
     
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  12. jimbo71

    jimbo71 Active Member

    I started plastering quite late in life, probably about your age, i did a course about 13years ago and im still learning, i spent about a year working with a couple of spreads, then started taking on small jobs and building up from there. Like the more experienced guys on here say its hard dirty work, there are other trades you could go for, I've just spent the last two years at college studying carpentry, bit less demanding on the body and the timber doesn't dry so quickly! If you really want to do it then go for it, but heed the advice of the guys on here.
     
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  13. flynnyman

    flynnyman Private Member

    :) It's uncanny lol
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  14. DAn306

    DAn306 New Member

    Just want to say thanks to everyone who has replyed really appreciate it. I think what i need to is look into this abit before i throw my self into this . And i accept im a little late in life to make this decision. Just need have a long think about this thanks guys for all the help

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  15. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    go and see if you can do some free days for some local spreads... you may hate it... I would be a sparky I think if I had to... clean and tehy charge far too much and dont need any skill at all :D
     
  16. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    Yo before you split mate , what part of the country do you live ?
     
  17. flynnyman

    flynnyman Private Member

    No grooming please you have been warned before.
     
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  18. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    :risas::risas:
     
  19. Pug

    Pug Private Member

    Now I've got an image of @Lodan pointing to a doll saying "@Vincey touched me here and here".
     
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  20. A.plasterer

    A.plasterer Private Member

    Special places.:risas:
     
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  21. theclemo

    theclemo Private Member

    And @Lodan complaining he didn't touch him enough lol
     
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  25. A.plasterer

    A.plasterer Private Member

    Somehow managed to laugh mine better and up n about. (y)
     
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  26. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    Sometimes a hug is good :numberone:
     
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  28. Lodan

    Lodan Private Member

    We always make sure we work with our tops of when working together...it helps the dynamic
     
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  29. A.plasterer

    A.plasterer Private Member

    :estudioso:
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