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    Ipswich, Queensland - Lime Render Bathroom

    Im local un New Zealand. I know a handful of guys here (I'd be one of them), few and far between... but yeah Australia. Three or four hour flight after two hours drive and all that drama. I'd consider it for Melbourne or Adelaide if the kids were school age, but they are preschoolers at the...
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    Ipswich, Queensland - Lime Render Bathroom

    Gidday, Im in NZ and my missuses mate just came home for a week to see her family, she got the tour through our house we are doing up. I've done half inch Lime Render in the bathroom, and now she's keen to get it done at their new place. I'm not going to put my hand up, as I'd have to charge...
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    Texture Coat Inside Pricing Guestimates

    Hi, I thought I'd update on this. Based on pictures from the designer I did a series of sample boards and ballparked the job at about 12k including labour materials travel and taxes. The other guy was 20k on labour and looking at using a cement based system on sealed plasterboard. I haven't...
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    Texture Coat Inside Pricing Guestimates

    Dropsalot, Thanks for that. Yeah I'll be the first to recognise I'm a nerd. Mostly I like to be thorough to make sure I've covered everything (or enough). Yeah, with the pricing I usually even check each job against myself and known associates three different ways until it feels right. I'm...
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    Texture Coat Inside Pricing Guestimates

    Gidday, Im pricing up a job at the moment to do a 'Spanish' look inside. The exterior is an undulating reasonably smooth finish with a few licks but nothing aggressive, whats commonly reffered to here as Adobe or Spanish, though at its peak mid 70's there were many variations of arcs and knife...
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    HAD ENOUGH, WHAT TO DO ?

    New Zeland here.. Pretty sure I can take the liberty of speaking for a whole country.. Average house price at the moment is about $400k which might be about £220k ish Cost of living is absurd, BUT quality of life is ok. Lots of coastline and you are never more than an hour and a bit away...
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    Venetian plaster recipe?

    How did you get on? I've done a few methods. Out here its about $500 a pail for Itallian plaster. I think our dollar to pound is 1.73 at the moment, and that will do you about 12SqM finished. No hydraulic lime, and no type S Hydrated Lime, only type N, so thats us. Ive got pails that are...
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    On Mobile Driving

    Yes mate. If its a good client they will not expect you to be waiting by the phone. I set up my phone to different ring tone for work/private/family/unknown so I can know by sound if its likely to be priority and worth pulling over for. Family first, then mates, clients. Unknowns usually get...
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    Cheapskates

    Yup. I knew a guy doing tape and joint he was so cheap youd have three part bags of various set times for a room, never had new sanding gear and would "borrow" your tools constantly. He bought a van off his mate, talked him down and then short changed him. He was a hustler, lived for it...
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    colouring plaster

    Thanks Plasterman. A friend sent me this link the other day This guy is basicly adding Universal Tint to Lime Based Top Coat - I think hes pushing it a bit with how much its watered down. Anyway, the key here is using a good strong sealer, and having spoken ti guys who do oxided concrete...
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    colouring plaster

    Thanks Raggles, yeah the van is a NZ Assembled 1969 Morris Minor LCV, back windows were standard in New Zealand, you see the occasional UK edition here. For some reason vans arent as sought after as the Ute. Ive had it about four years now, cheaper to purchase and maintain than a Toyota - mind...
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    colouring plaster

    Hi, fairly easily done. There are many available products or brew your own. For diy dry mix oxide with bagged gypsum or lime. Take a look at some of my work here : https://www.facebook.com/Stewart.Plaster.Hamilton/ also look for the link on my page to Kirk Giordano, he has an amazing wealth...
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