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My Plastering services:

To find a good plasterer in the Swansea area can be quite difficult. There is far more to plastering a wall than simply over skimming with a quick mix. It takes a plasterer with years of experience to achieve a good result. I have been called in to sort out many a wall or ceiling that has been attacked by a cheap so called plasterer. The end result of a plastering job is governed by the preparation. Many cowboy plasterers seem to think that nailing a couple of plasterboards to the joists and skimming over is all that is needed! If the job was that easy, there would not be such a shortage of plasterers covering the Swansea area.

Just because someone calls themselves a builder, It does not mean they can plaster a wall or ceiling properly. The same goes for floor laying or screeding. Just because someone calls themselves a handyman, that does not disqualify them from being a very good plasterer.

How often have you wished that you had never treated your walls to a coat of Artex. Did you know that most walls were Artexed in order to hide cracked or damaged walls. Wallpaper was often used to hide the same ugly walls. Many a past its sell by date ceiling was also given the same treatment.

Calling in a plasterer used to be very expensive. But with the modern plaster mixes and sealants, The cost of returning walls and ceilings to their former glory has been reduced considerably. So removing old artex is not that important any longer. It can be over skimmed quite successfully. I think I should point out that earlier type artex contained asbestos !  so best left alone, or removed using a licensed expert.

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Reasonable straight and sound walls and ceilings can be given a new lease of life with an over-skim. Walls in a very bad state but sound, can be dry lined.

If you are considering having a new kitchen fitted then I can honestly say that those new units and worktops will look a great deal better if you plastered the walls after removing the old units and plumbing. Every kitchen installer welcomes smooth flat walls to hang the new units on.


Dot & Dab Dry Lining Explained in a nutshell:

Dry lining is a term given to the use of, plasterboard on timber or metal frames. Or, in the case of a finish to block work/brickwork walls, on plaster ‘dabs’ .

The term dry lining normally applies to the use of plasterboard's instead of a sand and cement or plaster finish to internal block work/brickwork. The boards can just have the joints filled or they can have a plaster coat finish before being over painted.

One method of dry lining is dot and dab, where adhesive in the form of dabs is put on the wall and the plasterboard then stuck to it.

In a partition wall the term "dry lining" can be used to describe screwing plasterboards to suitable timber or metal framework.

The advantage over wet plaster is speed, where drying time would be much quicker, a dot and dab wall can be finished and decorated in a shorter time, at the same time increasing the thermal properties of the wall over traditional cement render and plaster.

While that all seems quite simple, an inexperienced installer can cause all sorts of dangers to health and safety as well as long term structural damage. I would not recommend dot and dab finish to a solid external wall.

Cavity wall insulation has been the subject of a lot of bad press of late. Certainly, insulating the exterior walls is very beneficial, Thermal boards can be attached to external walls in various ways to achieve good insulation.





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