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    Natural Hydraulic lime. NHL 3.5

    bought some hessian in Dec 2017, sold as 50 yards x 54 inches. Cost £45 from local builders' merchants.
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    under steps cubby hole ceiling

    Afternoon gents, no picture , camera ran out of batteries after filming other problems at the house. I usually work on outside walls requiring repointing/ re-rendering. Don't touch plaster.
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    under steps cubby hole ceiling

    morning to the Forum, I've been asked to do the above. Ceiling is brick, cubby hole is in basement front garden under the steps to the main door. SBR slurry, then press on a thin coat of sharp and plastering sand and SBR then 2nd coat just plastering sand. Rain does come down from cracks in...
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    Work boots?

    Dewalt riggers last longest but are b******s to get off and the lining starts to pull out, Apache are the most comfortable .The £25 riggers last couple of months and collect wood chips down the neck but are dead easy to kick off to go inside.
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    numb right hand

    I soak my hand in an old cooking oil plastic bottle that's had the top cut off and can handle hot water without distorting. I believe it brings extra blood to the tendons and joints. I get agg from the concrete breaker on fencing jobs I sometimes do.
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    whats the best plastering tip/advice youve been giving

    @Lodan. Another good post, attracted opinion from respected regulars.
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    claim by customer

    good thread there. More than a few got surprised to hear the earning power of these new devices . Pay up what's on Virgin's repair ticket to keep yer ratings up, in future be firm when punters want you to plaster round new carpet, gold plated skirting boards or new Virgin boxes.
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    I need to rant and vent my frustration

    aaaaaaaaaah. The great general public have got worst over last four / five years & definitely worse since start of this year.
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    Plastering temperature

    respect to Malc and Hair Oil for still being on the tools. Any advice, not for plastering but keeping the body up to it. Fisons.
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    The blame game

    stuff like the alarm wire stapling try-on definitely expected from one-off punters, not so much the regulars. Yes, the attitude can change at drop of a plant pot. I film before and after with a digital camera taking a mini video, at the usual stress points like carpets/ light wall paper etc...
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    customers who text you

    another good thread. From experience, first contact by text usually means an attitude problem which surfaces later. @ kitchy and cod liver oil. A customer's gym nutrition adviser said take oil on empty stomach so it doesn't go out through the liver.
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    Shite finish bags

    yes, they get punctured easier when in van on way to job. Van floor looks like pink sherbert dab.
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    B&Q whats is the point

    Thanks for that Mac. The sheds have been doing the same with branded paints esp emulsions for few years now.
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    got my own back n it felt good!

    another good thread. Deffo got harder to be the winner against customer the last few years, they're suspicious and anti before you've gone through front door on first day. Unlike little Dom's ripped off punters, no-one offers me couple of grand up front, only a forgotten online payment afterwards.
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    Render Staining / Algae build up

    trisodium (sugar soap in a plain wrapper) and power washing both scour the surface giving the next build-up of algae a better grip.
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    £15 /m2 at the front of a terraced house is poor, the same £15/m2 earned trailing through the house, down the steps , past the washing line etc shouldn't be entertained. Each job priced on individual circumstances. Great forum.
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    ceiling PB'S not flush with each other.

    thanks 09,( board should be dropped but other bloke screwed back the two spotlight decks over the new board. I can't be a***d to take them off, have the cable snap at the lights terminal and find there's no slack.It's beneath upstairs' shower cubicle.) Fisons.
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    ceiling PB'S not flush with each other.

    thanks ray, someones tidied up the thanks button otherwise I'd have pressed it.
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    ceiling PB'S not flush with each other.

    Hello, looking for advice, most of my work with s&c... been asked to tidy up a ceiling repair. Someone put up a new 4x3 board and one end is not flush because he didn't pack out under the uneven joists. Must be an inch difference. Can I hardwall most of the depth then Multi the whole board.
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    Help !

    Something like Easifil, can be feathered out with sponge at edge of repair. Tried it with Multi, leaves a ridge, albeit half a millimetre or so.
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    some crazy people out there

    You may not be training them face to face Rigsby but if they read your and ( some) of the other regulars contributions they get shown how to run the business by your attitudes and thoughts, just as important as how to work a trowel. Been meaning to say that about this Forum for a while now. (my...
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    SBR primer

    SBR is very effective but ruins brushes/ mixing buckets and will muller customers' carpet if seeps past the tarp.
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    Top 10 things 4 a plasterers good day

    some good ones there. Still waiting for "we're taking the old bath out after you've finished." when doing an upstairs. No worries pebbledashing the expensive Farrow and Ball.
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    1 coat skimming with supaflex

    evening Olican, glad about the back/you're back. I always fear more bad back and no earnings. That Sara Keys ( ?) the Kiwi lady knows her stuff, a spread recommended her book to you...the book helped me live with it not make it disappear. I also do Pilates at home, you can get dvd s off e-bay...
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    Bloody customers

    Good on you Jurek. I 've come to the conclusion the nicer/ politer/ more accommodating you are to these p***s the more they see you as the sap they're get their own back for past injustices carried out by other white-van -men ( or whatever colour van). Give 'em both barrels.
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    Mixing in the rain

    mix up in the van (Toyota Hiace) then I lock the tailgate . When I come out for more my gear hasn't gone walkies. Do this when mixing small amounts of s & c and working round the back of the house.
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    do you just plaster

    if you're Part P why put up with customers buying Wilco paint, or three out of four walls in a different colour emulsion that needs three coats.
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    Scaffolding Hire Period

    don't do outside work much now but it used to be about £40 each week over the initial one month.
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    Tackling Hall stairs and landings

    hello Windy, go for doubling up the planks. They do bend when supporting the larger plastering gentleman. ( I'm about 14st).
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    Agency price

    In Brighton? £1 an hour parking if you can find a space.
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    Trowel protector

    evening gents, great forum.Pleased if I could contribute for once.Made a trowel protector out of two identical lengths of 9mm thick plastic fascia board , laid on each other , L to 7,and 1/2 inch screws down the edges. Cut a slot for the trowel handle to about half way down.Protects the blade no...
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    cracks in render

    No copings stones. Customer's garden is slope. Next door's drive way is flat concrete raft about 18" thick . Wall is low, long triangle. Hacked off blown render at ground level at big end to see base of the raft and about 5"of earth below that.
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    cracks in render

    thanks for reply.Brick stairwell I scudded and Feb slurried. The blockwork wall I'm to render is the side of next door's slightly higher concrete driveway.It does take deflected water from driveway surface.I guess I'm expecting lime & sand like an elastic band.
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    cracks in render

    hello to the forum. I'm an occasional renderer, visit the forum regular and this is my first post looking for advice.Customer asked me hack off the blown areas of render off concrete block garden wall. Its been redone in past in s&c and cracked along the lines of the blockwork courses then...