Two bags up on the shoulder...

Mouldyoldspudgun

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Ouch my back hurts now. Got a bit over enthusiastic today getting stuck in and couldn’t be bothered to make the extra trip from the front to load out the bags at the back so put two on my shoulder. Bit stiff and sore now. 50kg on the spine can’t be healthy. How heavy were the old bags? Before my time thankfully.
A hundred weight or 120 pounds. The finish and bonding were fine but the browning bags were huge making them pretty damn awkward. When I was seventeen the old boys I worked with in their sixties used to help us labourers unload the lorries quite often two twelve ton loads one after the other
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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A hundred weight or 120 pounds. The finish and bonding were fine but the browning bags were huge making them pretty damn awkward. When I was seventeen the old boys I worked with in their sixties used to help us labourers unload the lorries quite often two twelve ton loads one after the other
Sorry 112 pounds got a bit carried away there
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
A hundred weight or 120 pounds. The finish and bonding were fine but the browning bags were huge making them pretty damn awkward. When I was seventeen the old boys I worked with in their sixties used to help us labourers unload the lorries quite often two twelve ton loads one after the other
Everything handballed off then mate, no pallets or hiabs back then. Cement so hot it burnt your shoulder.
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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Everything handballed off then mate, no pallets or hiabs back then. Cement so hot it burnt your shoulder.
Yes it was every spread used to muck in though, no hiding behind walls pretending not to know, it seemed easy though and always has until they cut the weight then a bag of dust used to kill me still being cwt
 

The Hobo

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A hundred weight or 120 pounds. The finish and bonding were fine but the browning bags were huge making them pretty damn awkward. When I was seventeen the old boys I worked with in their sixties used to help us labourers unload the lorries quite often two twelve ton loads one after the other
a hundredweight =112pounds never liked browning to soft also if u left a flat brush in a bucket of dirty water that had browning deposit in it it was f**k*d the next day
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
Yes it was every spread used to muck in though, no hiding behind walls pretending not to know, it seemed easy though and always has until they cut the weight then a bag of dust used to kill me still being cwt
f**k**g hell I used to have to unload on my own. The job I hated was cleaning the rules, especially because the tight b*****d I worked for used tongue and groove, aaaarrrrrrrrrr!
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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f**k**g hell I used to have to unload on my own. The job I hated was cleaning the rules, especially because the tight b*****d I worked for used tongue and groove, aaaarrrrrrrrrr!
You worked with some lazy f**k**s. I remember sorting straight edges out, making a stand cutting a board down and getting a banker board, nailing scaffold boards to it for a mixing tray, and do exactly the same on the next site, good times
 

The Hobo

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Keenes was a hard plaster. it was usually used to dose up lime on reveals. it was also used to form external angles then you would blend the lime into the hard angle.
i have used it to skim out industrial freezers to store frozen chickens in.
I seem to remember the old blokes doing external window and door mouldings with it
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
You worked with some lazy f**k**s. I remember sorting straight edges out, making a stand cutting a board down and getting a banker board, nailing scaffold boards to it for a mixing tray, and do exactly the same on the next site, good times
How many people on site now would even know what a banker board is? Not many I'd guess.
Every job sort a banker and make a new hod stand. I loved hod carrying and scratching up, just throwing on sets of angles and bits around the frames. Such carefree days.
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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I seem to remember the old blokes doing external window and door mouldings with it
I worked with a bloke when I was in my thirties and his job as an improver was to put up the rules and sort the angles for the spreads to follow on, well before all the beads come out when they did he used to get about five for a house the rest of the angles done with rules. Going home the spreads used to wave goodbye as he walked home and they drove
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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How many people on site now would even know what a banker board is? Not many I'd guess.
Every job sort a banker and make a new hod stand. I loved hod carrying and scratching up, just throwing on sets of angles and bits around the frames. Such carefree days.
I can still see my first bit of float and set when I walk past what used to be one of the Union buildings in Chatham
 

The Hobo

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I worked with a bloke when I was in my thirties and his job as an improver was to put up the rules and sort the angles for the spreads to follow on, well before all the beads come out when they did he used to get about five for a house the rest of the angles done with rules. Going home the spreads used to wave goodbye as he walked home and they drove
happy days
 

malc

TPF Special Forces
with no television or sod all else, Harry our plasterer foreman would make us apprentices a wooden folding dummy, and a wooden hop up that could be unscrewed and flat packed so they did not take up to much room in the firms van.
harrys house , garage and outside shed was covered in moulded plasterwork. years later a woman phoned me up, she had purchased his house and wanted all this s**t taken down and left smooth !
 

The Hobo

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with no television or sod all else, Harry our plasterer foreman would make us apprentices a wooden folding dummy, and a wooden hop up that could be unscrewed and flat packed so they did not take up to much room in the firms van.
harrys house , garage and outside shed was covered in moulded plasterwork. years later a woman phoned me up, she had purchased his house and wanted all this s**t taken down and left smooth !
some folk have no respect
 

malc

TPF Special Forces
I worked with a bloke when I was in my thirties and his job as an improver was to put up the rules and sort the angles for the spreads to follow on, well before all the beads come out when they did he used to get about five for a house the rest of the angles done with rules. Going home the spreads used to wave goodbye as he walked home and they drove
a plasterer would always have a big car , they would not give a lift to a labourer. they would come to work well dressed with their launch in a briefcase so that their neighbours did not know their employment.
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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a plasterer would always have a big car , they would not give a lift to a labourer. they would come to work well dressed with their launch in a briefcase so that their neighbours did not know their employment.
The old boys I worked with always turned up in a suit, shirt, tie and shoes, took their jackets, ties and shoes off put on a bib and brace and work shoes and started pushing it up the wall
 

hector

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you have forgot about Sirapite, Mirrite, Gyproc finish, Keenes cement plaster all in use before Carlite.
at laings many years ago ,there was some polish labourers who came and stayed after the war,....hard workers they were,.....i can remember 1 laboureur who carried 3 bags of cement,.....on a regular basis
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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at laings many years ago ,there was some polish labourers who came and stayed after the war,....hard workers they were,.....i can remember 1 laboureur who carried 3 bags of cement,.....on a regular basis
Laings! Haven’t heard that name for years and years, first proper plastering firm I worked for stated me on a Laings job
 

hector

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Laings! Haven’t heard that name for years and years, first proper plastering firm I worked for stated me on a Laings job
what year did you start mouldy,.........july 1976 for me red hot summer,......joiner made me a handboard on my first day,..massive it was ,like carrying a sheet of plywood around,..........the labourer nicknamed the ships cook was captured on the first day of the war,spent entire war in a prison camp,........another plasterer said he might be the roughest plasterer laings had ,but he was the richest one,.....another plasterer was good and i mean very good but very slow,always said p for perfect,........some of the older spreads/brickies/joiners, at the time wore a tie to work every day,...........got picked up in the laings van every day for the 30 minute journey,van was full of smokers everybody smoking,..........no yellow buckets/mobile phones/all mixed by plunger,.........
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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what year did you start mouldy,.........july 1976 for me red hot summer,......joiner made me a handboard on my first day,..massive it was ,like carrying a sheet of plywood around,..........the labourer nicknamed the ships cook was captured on the first day of the war,spent entire war in a prison camp,........another plasterer said he might be the roughest plasterer laings had ,but he was the richest one,.....another plasterer was good and i mean very good but very slow,always said p for perfect,........some of the older spreads/brickies/joiners, at the time wore a tie to work every day,...........got picked up in the laings van every day for the 30 minute journey,van was full of smokers everybody smoking,..........no yellow buckets/mobile phones/all mixed by plunger,.........
I started about 74 I think, with a house bashing gang when I had enough of that a ganger for Laings got me a job on Cornwall Brothers a Plastering firm working in the Pentagon which is a shopping centre in Chatham Kent that was around 76
 

malc

TPF Special Forces
in the 70s Laings built the new airport in Poland. all Carlite plaster they sent it out by the train load from uk. plasterers from uk on a tax free basis as Laings overseas office was in the channel isles.
the work was running behind schedule and the only thing for the plasterers to do was unload the trains.
how times have changed !
 

Dollar

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Wish I could of been around back
In the day when it was a proper trade !! Certainly bo room no pussies just real men
no room jumped up chancers & talking s**t about how much they can earn & spread & what time they got home
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
@Mouldyoldspudgun @malc @hector do you remember when it used to say on each bag of finish which works it came from?
I can remember my old man saying to builders "and make sure the Sirapite comes from xxxxxxx". I can't remember which works he wanted it from, but my guess is that it's not the one that makes the current shite lol.
 

Mouldyoldspudgun

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@Mouldyoldspudgun @malc @hector do you remember when it used to say on each bag of finish which works it came from?
I can remember my old man saying to builders "and make sure the Sirapite comes from xxxxxxx". I can't remember which works he wanted it from, but my guess is that it's not the one that makes the current shite lol.
I don’t remember but that’s nothing new I have forgotten a lot off things, I think every time I remember something I forget three other things. I’m definitely with you on the shite today though, we used to get three sets a day once four if you stayed till half four, okay they were smaller sets but you got more done especially in winter, I did one wall for someone the other day with a bit of board on the ceiling I got away at half one, it’s f**k**g ridiculous
 
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