Hello to all my fellow spreads,
Seeing as Iâ€™m sat on my arse with not much work booked ithought Iâ€™d put my views across on the diabolical work situation we are facing.
My plastering history is, at 18 years old i was given an apprenticeshipby a master plasterer and fibrous plasterer who between them probably suppliedme with about 80 years combined knowledge of both trades.
My apprenticeship was around 5 years, Iâ€™m now 43 yearsold and Iâ€™m just about as f'd off as i could be with the way our trade has beendumbed down into what can only be described as a farce of epic proportions.
I know from reading posts who the real spreaders are andthere is a fair few on here.
I lay the blame for the diabolical mess we are in on theclowns who operate these (get rich quick) courses, churning out completenovices with serious attitude problems?
Half the questions asked on this site are from monkeyswho are undercutting genuine spreads and who have either been on a course orlaboured on a spread, the f'ing cheek is beyond belief.
Do plastering course / go to screwfix and buy tools / getvan and vinyl lettering / = you are now a plastering contractor?
Well Iâ€™m sorry but you are most certainly not!
There is a reason we call ourselves "timeserved" tradesmen and that is we served our time through hard labour not af'ing plastering booth in a heated workshop?
If so-called plasterers need direction on how to do thejob they profess to be so good at then we should not be helping them.
They are the same reason we have to work for peanuts andthey are the clowns who price us out of domestic work.
Site work regs and prices are beyond a joke and in thepast when a recession has happened we always had the domestic market to fallback on, but not now.
We need to adopt the same rules as the Americanplasterers have, a British equivalent of The Operative Plasterers' and CementMasons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA).
This is the only way to get the chancers out of our tradeand to make site contractors pay the proper rates for what is without doubt thehardest of all trades.
Iâ€™m 43 and sat on my arse at home ringing round for workand pricing jobs which i wonâ€™t getbecause some "skimmer" (whatever the f'@k that is) is doing it for 50quid a day.
My years in the plastering game have given me; hands thatlook 200 years old and that donâ€™t havemuch blood circulating in them / 2 arthritic shoulders / i also need a new hipand knee within the next 7 years.
Bitter doesnâ€™t even begin to describe how i feel at thisstage of my life?
Rant over, the upmost respect to my fellow "timeserved" spreads
Is that price work or day work?Nickelarse what your saying is right ,but where am from in the merseyside area your lucky to get 100 aday off builders ,other people on here might tell me different,I meself prefer pricework but theres a limit to what Iwill work for, I would rather feed the ducks on the canal then work
Nickelarse what your saying is right ,but where am from in the merseyside area your lucky to get 100 aday off builders ,other people on here might tell me different,I meself prefer pricework but theres a limit to what Iwill work for, I would rather feed the ducks on the canal then work
15 years is not a long time . . . .???? It's long enough surely. If you haven't established yourself a good reputation in 15 years through times like these then I'm not sure you will. Just my opinion.
Do you advertise in local rags Bubbles?