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    4-months in plaster won’t dry

    No amount of hacking off and re plastering is going to fix that. It's Victorian which means it should be dry as they knew what they were doing when building. Wooden floors should be ventilated by air bricks or metal grills. Usually front and back of property but not always. Check these haven't...
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    Render times

    New builds, a few days. A few weeks then to do it properly.... Lol I just don't want the wall settling and causing the render to crack. The time to wait then makes me decide if it does need to wait till April... Lol It's going to be a sand and cement render by the way
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    Render times

    Hi everyone. Got a garden wall to render but the brick layer has had to do some extensive work to repair after removing old render. Just wondered how long new brick walls should be left to dry before rendering? I should know this but in twenty years I've never had to render over a new...
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    Freeflo out of stock

    Thanks guys. The reason I ask about the Waterproofer is I noticed cement one do a integral Waterproofer and freeflo. The integral Waterproofer days is suitable for rendering. Just wondered what the difference was. One more Waterproof than the other? And yes - I like freeflo. I use it all the...
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    Freeflo out of stock

    Done a rendering job of an external garage. Freeflo was not in stock so used sika rendermix. Well impressed with the mix. A dream to spread but rubbing up was difficult. To sticky in my opinion. What do you guys think? Also, is integral Waterproofer an option for rendering verses Freeflo...
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    Curved ceilings

    I keep hearing about this speedskim thing on a pole. last time I saw it used it was crap. A supposed flat ceiling ended up with a slight roll around the edge. I'm guessing it was operator error??? I've always just used my trusty 13" marshletown for all ceiling rolls - never had any problems...
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh dear! See why it was free with that grammar and spelling (Don't and Benefits) Bet I've spelt something wrong now! :RpS_thumbsup:
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    Seaside mix

    The house was built with patio door but it's been replaced. It looks like it has been fitted too far in the reveal and the cavity covered with a 3" wide plastic trim. It seems to let in water. That's one of my jobs to remove and re-fit the patio door. The top of the door does not have a drip...
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    Seaside mix

    Quite true - they are all painted (Ballymory springs to mind!!) Lots of horizontal cracks either side of patio door one big vertical crack from top of patio door up to window!!
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    Seaside mix

    Sounds like not a bad idea but never used that stuff before. Touched on hydrated stuff with not much luck. Also, it's a terrace so I've got to angle grind two straight lines down each a joining property. Would lime render inbetween two S & C work?
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    Seaside mix

    So it is - I've actually read it properly now. S & C Over it okay?
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    Seaside mix

    Right It's made by Weber. Used some of that stuff a couple of years ago with Mark Ross. Are you talking all rendaid or scratch with it?
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    Seaside mix

    Nope, not heard of it but I will DuckDuckGo it!! :rolleyes)
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    Seaside mix

    This is a new house built in 1984 which is already rendered which is failing in a spectacular fashion!
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    Seaside mix

    Christ!!! I'd go through a few tubes of silicone then :RpS_thumbsup:
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    Seaside mix

    Sandgate near Folkestone. Never been flooded as far as I know. It's a town house with garage at bottom.
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    Seaside mix

    May finally have a job but the weather is being a bitch!!! Anyway this house is south facing right on the beach with a road in between. High tide means the sea is the road width away. Not done one this close to the salty sea before. Any special mix I should consider - (Trad S & C) I know some...
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CSCS web site CSCS - Construction Skills Certification Scheme - OFFICIAL WEBSITE
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No mate it don't. Once you've got your nvq level 2 you then need to apply for the cscs card and do a health and safety test. That bit aint a lot of money though.
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spoke to gold trowel in Essex and they want £650 for a days assesment which will gain nvq level 2. Supposed to be 2 days but I would not need the first day due to my experience. That is the ewpa scheme. Still a lot of money but it's the best option I've got so far. Funny - I remember when...
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I did not do it when I left school - A few years later. Had to work two weeks free to get the old boy to take me on and teach me. Learnt with him on the job till he retired. Now been on me own for 9 years? Sometimes you do things with out realising the implications a few years down the road...
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sadly, only 12 years. I fell into it with and old boy who taught me so I have no recognised paperwork. Only experience!! James
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seems like a hell of a lot of money though???????
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That Is exactly what I have got. Did the health and safety test and have a green site operative card. However, this company wants nvq level 2!!!!!!! Phoned local college and they will come out to assess me on the job. So I have no work for him to assess me and they want to visit about five...
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    Lime burns on hands

    Soak in vinegar for 10 mins. it conteracts the acid. It works - try it But better off wearing gloves to start with!!
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    Qualifications !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm a time served plasterer and was looking for site work as my work has dried up and last job got cancelled. Agency wants nvq level 2 or city and guilds. How the hell do I get this for the cscs card to get on site. The agency guy said I'm probably a better plasterer than those with the nvq but...
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    South east alien

    Nice one - that explains all!! Just got half a day coving tomoz. Not much but it helps!!!
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    South east alien

    They have just decided the day before that they can't afford the work now. Me sniffs a cheaper tradesman perhaps?? Who know's Got to ask WTF is Gibrovia??? My map has never heard of it!!!!!!! Me sniffs a made up place?? Thanks for the thoughts mate Keep smiling eh??????
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    South east alien

    Had three weeks work cancel on me. supposed to start tomorrow!!!!! Any one need an experienced plasterer - own tools and transport. holden.plastering@ntlworld.com Thanks Guys James
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    How to plaster over internal sand / cement render

    The sand and cement with no waterproofer is going to cause some problems. It will suck in so quick that it will crack before you can trowel it up. PVA is no good, it won't seal it enough. Use SBR watered down. give it two coats the day before. You must let the SBR dry over night otherwise it...
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    Cheapo screwgun

    That would make more sense. Then why is it whenever I do a job following some one thats used one the screws are never perfect. some are okay but the majority are past the paper and IN the plasterboard or not in enough so the board can be pushed up by 2mm sometimes more. Is it user error?????
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    Cheapo screwgun

    Maybe it's just me but I've never bought a screw gun. Always stuck with me cordless. I always found that when doing skim work for builders their screwgun would put the screws too far in or not enough leading to the screw head plaster pop(not musical either) I always assumed it was because the...
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    how long

    Depends what the wall is that you are bonding. If it is bare brick work then not bonding - should be hardwall or better still in bathroom sand and cement!. Hardwall = medium to high suction (Bricks, Light blocks(Celcons and Thermalites)old render etc Bonding = low suction (cast concrete, dense...
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    How to screed.

    Hi Mark, How are you keeping? I might just take you up on that offer Mark. PM the date and details and I'll try and book my diary. Very kind of you my friend - be nice to see you again. James
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    How to screed.

    Definatly have the bays full enough with the amount I drag off. Like you say it's probably more to do with the mix. Tried it really dry today and got better results but as said earlier I don't think it was wet enough to cure properly and on a lot of my small jobs I can't price in to go back next...
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    How to screed.

    Right I can't quote everyone. Thanks for your help guys. I'm using a level to rule off as it's a straight edge with two convenient handles in. I am ruling off to the box screed already done rather than watching the bubble while ruling off. From the sound off the guys poly float the mix sound...
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    How to screed.

    Thanks - When you say ruling screeds firmer do you mean the box screed as I know it. It's the screeding bit between the box creeds I have trouble with. I watched this guy and when he rules of it's more or less perfect. Mine has loads of bits missing and takes ages to fill in with poly float...
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    How to screed.

    Do the odd screed job here and there and usually get away with but after watching one of the pros on you tube I'd like to learn some of that finer detail - If you can help?? At the mo doing a 4 to 1 sharp sand mix - in mixer till wet enough to ball in hand. Go round edge doing box screed and...
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    Lime ?

    Well, I usually use Cementone Freeflo but no one had in my town so I ended up with Sika rendermix. Now I used the concentrated one shot stuff a while back and it was okay but this stuff is the 5 litre type which from memory as the tub is on site two towns away is a plasticiser / waterproofer...
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    Lime ?

    Right, so one part lime is with a 6 to 1 mix else its to much lime. Have to ask - is 6 in one not to weak? I've always been scared or less than five to 1. I usually do 4 to 1 scratch and 5 to 1 2nd coat. James
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    Lime ?

    Thanks guys. Don't know why I put lime in both coats - Suppose I just assumed you did as I remember the bloke I learnt with doing it. Got water proofer in both coats. Builders Sand? Well years ago I used some TP sand and it was awful - the water seemed to run down the wall through the sand...
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    Lime ?

    Been getting annoyed on a rendering job!! I don't think I'm the best renderer and still have a lot to learn I expect but I've done enough of it only not with lime! Customer wanted lime in mix so I thought no problem. Only I've been having trouble with the scratch coat drying so quick it's not...
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    Rendering a arch?

    you say one visit. My question is whats best do reveal and match face in on same day or leave to dry and match in following day. In my experience day after is difficult to match in cause of shrinkage.
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    paint over new render?

    Got a lime based external render to do and I have to paint it too. I was going to leave it about 4 weeks but my customer has been told by the nano paint supplier to leave it 1 week for each 1mm of thickness the render has. I usually aim for about 15 - 18mm so that equates to 18 weeks...
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    Arch ways

    All the ideas I've read so far have been great!! Thanks for everyones contribution - There's lots of ideas for me to check out. Tam - Thanks for advice - I do do the scratch free hand first any way and I do usually only cut lines in the bead but maybe I go to close. Lizard - I think maybe...
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    Arch ways

    Hi Lizard, ou can't get a flexi bead for rendering I'm afraid, only for skim!! I've cut one wing of beads before to bend around an arch and I find it never comes out perfect. you almost end up with lots of straight bits making the radius. My customer comes across as wanting it just so, so I...
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    Arch ways

    That sound good. What do you bed it in with and and do you reckon this way would work on the inner arch seems its only half a brick deep? Cheers, James
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    Arch ways

    Very interesting - I'll look into that bell bead next time I'm down the ripoff merchant. As for making it in to one I don't think the customer will go for that. Lime is a request from the customer. He lives in the Netherlands and -"They use it all the time". So that's what I got to do. Those...
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    Arch ways

    Thats good. Might give him a bell later. Right - So thinking the ply option woul be best for me. Free hand sounds to scary!! So scratch it up first the maybe some 8-10mm blocks all round the reveal to which I screw 4mm ply. Then render front face and remove and then do the reveal. Or would it...
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    how much sbr

    Oh Yes!. I do two coats. one I let dry and the second I go over when tacky. Any longer and yes It's like going over tanking. Makes life difficult when on a large area!!!! :RpS_cursing:
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