Since the global pandemic started and people were locked up at home in 2020, many have discovered DIY skills they did not know they had. It has given people more confidence to tackle larger DIY projects in their house and help transform it into a fantastic looking home. It may have inspired you to start a DIY project, and with the economic uncertainty we are experiencing, you will want to reduce the cost of your project. You can do various jobs that you previously had a professional do, such as plastering, and there is lots of help available. Below are some tips to help you get started with your plastering project and help you do the job to the best of your ability.
Start Planning Your Project
The first thing to do is research everything you will need to plaster the room in your house that you are looking to tackle. You will need lots of tools to do an excellent job of plastering, but you can make it easier by considering hiring a plastering machine. It will mix the plaster and pump it for you, so all you need to do is apply it to the walls and skim the surface to ensure a smooth finish. However, this option is not cheap, so you may want to go old school and get the hand tools needed, some of which are below.
- A Hawk
- Window Trowel
- Finishing Trowel
- Jointing Knife
- A Plasterers Float
Make a list of all the tools you need and materials, and you can start shopping for the best deals online to get everything required to finish your project.
Getting Everything You Need
You will need to buy the materials for your project and get all of these before you begin, and you will also have to get all the tools you need. You will want to have a list of all the tools required, and if you have any of these at home already, you can check these off your list. Next, you will need to source the rest of the equipment, and there are a few ways you can do this.
Buy Them: If there is a chance you may use the tools again, you can consider buying what you need. However, quality tools are not cheap, and purchasing the most inexpensive tools is not a sound investment.
Borrow Them: You may know someone with the tools you need that you can borrow them from, which can save you some money. However, you will need to take excellent care of them, and if you damage them, you will need to replace them.
Hire Them: You can also consider hiring the tools you need, and there are many options for tool hire stores throughout the UK. You get to hire what you need at an affordable price and ensure you use the highest quality tools for the job. You can also get advice and training when hiring the equipment from the store, and many shops will hire them for half a day if you do not need them for long.
Before You Begin
Once you have everything you need to start, before you begin, you will want to do some research and watch videos on how to plaster. You can pick up tips and advice on the best way to do things to make your job easier and ensure you do a fantastic job. You can use the YouTube platform to find lots of plastering videos that will get you ready to begin your DIY project and finish it to the highest standard.