Insider Advice from the Plastering Community

Insider Advice from the Plastering Community

A while back we asked Plasterers on Facebook & Instagram to provide 1 piece of advice for being successful within the plastering industry. This is the list they came up with:

  • Work as a team with your builders. A smooth job is a good job for everyone.
  • Always look to improve in all aspects.
  • Value your time, value your skill, but most importantly, value yourself. You put the work in, you deserve what you ask for.
  • Do your work right keeps clients and other trades happy.
  • Always keep a clean job. Clients will look at the mess not your beautiful work.
  • Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do in your own home.
  • Learn to use finishing tools!
  • Keep your small tool clean.
  • Always make sure to lubricate the window frames before plastering the window reveals. Any dry plaster that is left on there flicks off with ease and doesn’t damage the window frame. 100% mint every time.
  • Always scrape your basecoat at the end of the day, no matter what the time is. Makes starting your next day so much easier.
  • Always turn up when you say you’re going to, if not call the client to let them know.
  • Evolve with your trade, there is always something new. Don’t be afraid to change.
  • The more you play with plaster, the harder it gets.
  • Work smart, not hard. Money on tools is guaranteed to be made back.
  • Never burn bridges and be reliable.
  • Always follow Australian standards.
  • Measure twice, cut once. Especially with fancy cornice.
  • Always be good to your workers.
  • Always use a light when sanding. Whether it be a headlamp or a torch, just don’t sand without adequate lighting!
  • Take timeout for yourself and family. There’s always one more job.
From the importance of teamwork and continuous improvement to valuing oneself and maintaining a clean work environment, these pieces of advice demonstrate the commitment and professionalism required in the industry. They also highlight the necessity of embracing change, investing in quality tools, and finding a balance between work and personal life. Do you agree with the above list?

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