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  1. imago

    Old legend

    I won't be retiring, just doing something different 'change is as good as rest'. I might take up plastering? With a bit of practical training from @Nisus and one of those bold trowel courses I'll be good to go.
  2. imago

    Taking off radiators?

    I'd suggest Occam's razor would favour aerosol contact adhesive over all of them. Still, it's not something I need to worry myself about.
  3. imago

    Taking off radiators?

    That's a hugely important point, it's not just the work you are taking on for whatever you charge. You are also taking on any and all risks should anything go wrong. That's why all trades (should) have insurance, but just as importantly know what it does and doesn't cover you for. I doubt many...
  4. imago

    Old legend

    Fair play to them, but if I get into my 60s or 70s and haven't thought of something better to do with my time I'll want shooting.
  5. imago

    Council charging for waste now!

    If only there was a system to get rid of it. Sort of use water to wash it away into a tube that went somewhere so that it could be filtered and processed back into clean water. It's save making the place smell of stinky bum bum poo poo. Maybe one day something will be invented and we can all...
  6. imago

    Council charging for waste now!

    "In August 2018, a high profile story was published by a number of news outlets about a roofer who was fined £300 for carrying a plastic bag with empty crisps packets in his van. " You can be fined up to £5,000 for not having a license if you should, and basically any tradesman/woman should...
  7. imago

    Council charging for waste now!

    @Nisus was presented with a birthday cake. Carried up the stairs to him by the customer and her mother whilst singing happy birthday.
  8. imago

    Council charging for waste now!

    I'm not taking the p1ss, but it's a bit different if you're a full time tradesman (should that be tradesperson now?). Leave aside the volumes of stuff I generate on a large job, it's the bitty stuff that's the hassle. Stuff like couple of board off cuts, some empty gripfill tubes, half a tin of...
  9. imago

    Council charging for waste now!

    That's just so that you can legally carry 'waste'. You have to have one to book in with commercial waste, the fee to tip is on top of that and varies across the country. If you get a pull at a spot check anything that can count as waste will mean you get a big fine if you haven't got a license.
  10. imago

    Moral dilemma 2

    Keep them and say nothing otherwise you'll be breaking plasterer's union rules.
  11. imago

    GirdaGrip

    BTW, is that bloke Stanley Unwin's son?
  12. imago

    GirdaGrip

    They seem like a reasonable idea apart from the additional depth they add. Most of the stuff we do is double beams, so just use timber off cuts between them and screw to those with a bead of fire rated grab adhesive along the length of the beam. Single beams get a double bead of fire rated grab...
  13. imago

    New in plastering?

    I honestly reckon that the whole mobile phone/social media thing is an addiction like gambling or alcohol. People cannot bear to be separated from them and start to get really stressed if they can't get a signal. It's not just youngsters either, it seems to happen to people in their 40s...
  14. imago

    New in plastering?

    I'd put all those in as changes to stuff that existed already tbh, with the exception of spraying. That was the sort of stuff we were talking about, the only new thing in that list is the machine. Aside from that and the introduction of boards it's the same trade as 100 years ago and requires...
  15. imago

    New in plastering?

    Was chatting to a mate about the building game and what has/hasn't changed over the years for a few trades. The answer for most is not much. Thought I'd ask on here because as far as I can think the only truly 'new' thing in plastering in the last 100 years has been the introduction of boards...
  16. imago

    Oldest hawk .....

    I wonder what happened to the last bloke that used it? "Right, fcuk it! I've had enough of chasing tw4ts for money, going out quoting and working my 4rse off for a pittance." Chucks his hawk onto the joists and heads off to get a ticket to Australia.
  17. imago

    Been a bit punchy...

    The forum's been very 'Facebook' for quite a while now. Change is the only constant, but it's not always for the better.
  18. imago

    Out of date skim.

    Probably, it was just one of those curiosity things where you wonder why something is so. The cost/wastage is immaterial really. It doesn't matter if it's £500 a bag and 50% goes in the skip as I'm not paying for it.
  19. imago

    Out of date skim.

    I was chatting to Lee about how much Multi we needed and moaning about the four bags at the unit which were now out of date when a notion/question occurred to me. Given that the main issue seems to be that out of date stuff goes off quickly/suddenly could you not just add a retarder. So it's...
  20. imago

    year ago in plastering

    I think @Nisus will be able to attest to the high standard of victuals provided. In other good news, it looks like it'll be a 'walls only' job. The plan at the moment for the ceilings is insulation, fire board, then trays for the services and a suspended ceiling. :descansando:
  21. imago

    year ago in plastering

    That's good to know. :estudioso: [Makes note. Vincey on day rate in Coventry] (y):envidioso:D
  22. imago

    Free product giveaway

    I have one bag of it left which is in the unit if you want it to have a go with?
  23. imago

    Free product giveaway

    Lee put 30 bags of it around that cottage. He said it was nice gear to use as it's very light, and the finish was very effective for that job. He sponged it up so that it had a rougher texture which exposed the granules rather than trowelling it smooth and using a top coat. It took some time to...
  24. imago

    Lets see you at work

    I get all the lime stuff from them now, really nice to work with, consistent colour and consistency. Bloody good price too. (y)
  25. imago

    Cheques

    My experience was the same as @carys I saw the recession on the news, but it didn't make a blind bit of difference to me or anyone I know. Purely anecdotal evidence I know, but people were spending as before. I started the business in it's current form in October 2009, it's done just fine. the...
  26. imago

    A few prizes being redrawn..

    You'll have to be ready at a moments notice "Repairs executed on the shortest notice." :LOL:
  27. imago

    Cheques

    Yes, but the only danger is if you don't realise what's happening and your place in it. If you take what they tell you at face value you're fcuked. If you see through the lies and half-truths and act accordingly whilst remaining within the rules and proving you're doing so there's very little to...
  28. imago

    Cheques

    Well so far I've been working for 36 years, and no government of any political persuasion has damaged, let alone destroyed, me, my family or my livelihood. Conservative, Labour or the Random Pansy Licker Party, they're all the same self serving gobsh1tes. They play their games, I play mine...
  29. imago

    Cheques

    Government sets the rules, I play the game. They can spend it on whatever they like tbh. :descansando:
  30. imago

    Cheques

    I couldn't give a fly fcuk about the government. What it does do for me is remove any issues, doubts or grey areas in the event of an audit. So I have peace of mind there. Then as every single penny paid to the company can be accounted for in minutes, and bank statements always tally it reduces...
  31. imago

    Cheques

    Transparency for HMRC, banking rules regarding cash deposits and proof of source, the ability to track payments and tie them to invoices mean I don't accept cash at all. On the bottom of all my quotes and invoices it says "Please note that we cannot accept cash payments." BACS for preference...
  32. imago

    Cheques

    "Come on I'll give you a lift to the bank and we can get that £25,000 out for the first stage payment." :rolleyes:
  33. imago

    Oh roger.

    and a Zinc deficiency?
  34. imago

    Oh roger.

    Is Sunday the new Friday?
  35. imago

    Oh roger.

  36. imago

    Oh roger.

    His website is amusing, apparently he's a journalist who does tool reviews. :rolleyes: Nothing to get too worried about IMHO. If anyone wants to follow his 'advice' they're welcome to crack on. Plus his videos would be good to link to or embed on your own website to illustrate 'how not to'...
  37. imago

    Cheques

    It's always going to vary by area, person, and mostly what type of work you do. So just because the way I do it works for me and the type of work I do, doesn't mean it will for everyone. That said, it's getting to the point where most jobs will need some form of contract paperwork. The changes...
  38. imago

    Cheques

    I always explain that the contract (quote with T&C's) is there to show what I will do, what they need to do, and what it'll cost. I never describe anything as a saving or discount, just a price for a service and the costs involved if they don't keep up their end.
  39. imago

    Cheques

    Not that I know of. I explain that the quote is fixed and won't increase unless they add or change something. Then I run through what it doesn't include, decorating, laying tiles but not choosing/buying them etc. Then anything which I need them to do and what can happen if they don't. Nothing...
  40. imago

    For all the moaning plasterer fucks

    All you ever need to know about time. “Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfil obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant...
  41. imago

    One coat monkeys

    That's the most sensible post on this thread. :sisi:
  42. imago

    What are you paying/being paid. Labourers/trainees

    It's a tough one to be honest, but the main factor in your position is that you've only been doing it for six months. Yes £50 a day is sh1t money, but that's not all you're getting as you and others have pointed out. You also have to look at things from the other side, which means how much are...
  43. imago

    Cheques

    It's rare that I get paid with a cheque these days. My rules for cheques are are in mt T&C's and state that if it's for more than £2k that's fine, if it's for less than £2k I charge £50 for banking and admin. Otherwise I'd be paying (time and van running costs) for someone else's convenience...
  44. imago

    Present idea.

    You have to admit it's a bit weird. Did you watch the video of the not at all creepy bloke taking a mould of that woman's ring?
  45. imago

    Superflexs and their problems

    Pressure. If you pass over anything like plaster or mortar (lime or cement) applying very light pressure the solid particles are pressed in and the water rises to the surface as it's displaced from within the mix. A flexible trowel can't apply enough force to keep the water from passing beneath...
  46. imago

    Present idea.

    It's a pity your last minute save stopped the van key ending up in the sh1tter. You'd have been able to make some moulds whilst you were fishing around in there. :LOL:
  47. imago

    Present idea.

    What do you get the person who has everything? A custom moulded chocolate ring piece apparently.
  48. imago

    Keeping vans tidy

    Have you shared this thought with Jane? Forget I asked, of course you haven't. You're still together. :ROFLMAO:
  49. imago

    Have you ever won anything from Pro Builder

    Well who'd have thought that'd actually work. Perhaps I am too cynical after all.
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