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Carrigan Plastering

  • Member since 26 May 2011
  • wLocation: Bournemouth
  • rFeedback score: 6 jobs 100% positive
  • lInsurance verified: Limit £1,000,000
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external render

i'm thinking of rendering an external entry wall on my property.can you tell me the ideal mix/ratios of materials and also what type of sand do is best to use? also,what additives do i use? [i.e. plasticiser/waterproofer etc.......] and how much of this do i need to use?

Ykem_53 18th May, 2011 Plastering
5 Answers u35
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For the scratch coat as we call it the trade , the mix should be 4:1 , the best way to achieve this is gauge the sand in 12 litre bucket brought from any mechant ( builders bucket). Add mortar plasticiser preferabley febmix.When mixing the mortar you should looking in the mixer at the blades .The mortar should fall from the blades like dog ears. Sounds funny but this is the best consistancy. Bead with scratch coat using either plastic or stainless steel stop or bell beads to get the finish. The Best sand is Plastering sand from any mechant. Once mix starts to pick up scratch up with a scarifier. Thickness around 10 mm. Amount of plasticer to use approx a cup full for 1 mix . Most importantly around any windows or heads of doors use Hessian Tape , which will lstop any cracks on the corners of the heads . A problem i always see on rendering thats not been applied correctly. This MUST be done before scratch coat is appied !
For Top coat the mixing process is exactly the same. Except NO mortar plasticiser, Replace this with Waterproofer, Around a cup full with water . If you are near the coast maybe half a cup more .Due to nature sea salts in the air, which can corrupt the mortar mix over time.
Hope this helps ,
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Anybody use carlite bonding? is it better than sand/cement render

ive recently bought a house that needs full renovation. All the internal walls were black mortar which was crumbling etc so i have hacked it all off back to the stone work. I now want to put a sand/cement render coat on the walls but the plasterer who has quoted on doing the house has said he would not do the job if someone else rendered the walls. Instead of rendering the walls he wants to use carlite bonding and plaster over the top. Does anybody know if this is ok and does it have any disadvantages over sand/cement render. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
Thanks to everyone who replied, your advice is appreciated and taken on board. Thanks again. Keep up the good work guys. Cheers

Ygrobbo 14th Jun, 2011 Plastering
12 Answers u61
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Hi there ,
I am suprised the plasterer did not want to use sand and cement . Especially Old brick work , this is because the suction , even when sealed with a slurry or P.V.A mix . Gives the plasterer an easy skim coat with muilti-finish.
Carlite Bonding is a backing coat i grant you , but most plasterers would prefer to use hardwall instead of bonding . Carlite bonding is courser and design for use on plasterboard , and basically any background. Which can mean setting times can vary . Being of the old school ways , you cant beat float and setting with sand and cement. The walls will be solid and fixing things to them , will be easy.
Always here to help
R. Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 14th Jun, 2011
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What's the best way to remove flaking paint from bedroom walls?

We've just bought a place and have stripped off loads of old textured wallpaper. When the paper has come off it's it's pulled off bits of the old paint underneath, leaving a speckled, uneven surface. Anyone know the best way to sort this out? Can we sand it with an orbital sander (or something similar), scrape it with something, use some kind of solvent or is plastering going to be the best way? Incidentally the plastering underneath looks great!

Ymoojay 23rd May, 2011 Plastering
8 Answers u11
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Either rub back and use gyroc easi-fill for the cracks , depending on how bad apply a couple of coats. Leave to dry and sand back .
Or hire a professional to re-skim

Regards
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Best solution for removing dated Artex look

Guys,

We have an extended 4 bed bungalow with a kitchen, large lounge/diner and a hallway to bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The Artex which is in all but the bedrooms has to go!

In your view what is the best solution out of the following, or any other you can offer?

a) remove, patch repair existing plasterboard where needed and re-skim
b) make good loose Artex, apply bonding coat and over-skim
c) re-board directly over existing plaster and dryline or plaster
d) batten over existing ceiling, re-board and dryline or plaster

Pros and cons if you have the time to add would also be appreciated, specially regarding dryline versus plaster for c) and d) options.

I appreciate removal of existing ceiling and re-boarding is also an option but it seems a bit drastic and requires removal of loft insulation etc.

Many thanks and looking forward to your professional views.

Tony

Ysolentsurfer 8th May, 2011 Plastering
14 Answers u15
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This problem soley lies with the thickness of the artex , if its broken leather , straight forward re-skim. If its a thick type of galaxy . I would use carlite bonding and level ceiling out , then re- skim . This is an easy job for a plasterer . No need to rip ceiling down , if artex is ok .
hope this helps
regards
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Underfloor hangers

Hi all,
How effective a soundproof is underfloor hangers? I can hear both footfall and airborn sound from my neighbour upstairs, despite the fact that he has a carpeted floor and a layer of soundproof material. I am looking to stop the noise without lowering my ceiling - is underfloor hangers the best solution? Otherwise what are my options?

Thanks you

Yhaim_47 27th May, 2011 Flooring
3 Answers u3
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Acoustic sound block plasterboard may be the way forward. Its is quite expensive , but does the job .
Regards
R. Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 28th May, 2011
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Can cracked rendering be repaired without taking it all off, its only a year old?

We have new rendering (the one that doesnt need painting) put on our house a year ago, it did crack within a couple of days so the builder has hacked the front off and reapplied but a year on there is a massive crack down the side of the property and some fine lines at the back, we cannot afford to have this all rendered again and the builder had already done the front even though he said he did everything right and doesnt understand why this happened. Now a year on this large crack has appeared and he has not returned our calls are we in trouble with this financially now? we are so worried and our funds are so low. We was not given any type of guarantee.

Ydor_65 9th Jun, 2011 Plastering
6 Answers u2
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If the crack has appeared above a window or door , this could mean the joint between the lintal and blockwork needs to be taped with hessian roll, then rendered .
hope this helps
R. Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 10th Jun, 2011
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What is an average cost for skimming an artexed ceiling approx 13ft by 13ft? Random question I know but reason is in additional information bit.

I hired someone off this website to do some initial bricklaying work for me which actually led to him quoting for some work I needed doing inside my house. Due to personal problems of the owner the job was pretty much left incomplete with the standard of some of the work being particularly poor. I have emailed the guy a number of times expressing my concern and was fobbed off with empty promises about when the job would be completed/rectified. I want to request a refund for the plastering work that was carried out so I can try and have it done again but my problem is I never got an itemised quote, just an email listing the work to be done with a 'grand total' at the bottom. My question therefore is how much roughly should I be asking for as a refund? The plaster on the ceiling basically developed cracks within a few weeks of being done and now is falling off! The rest of the work was pretty crap too and am trying to find a way of leaving my negative feedback on here because I can see he is still actively responding to jobs posted on here. I would also appreciate knowing whether I should be asking for other costs as I guess my £50 a roll wallpaper that was put on after the ceiling was plastered and the other painting that was done on other walls will be damaged/spoilt if someone has to remove the existing skimmed plaster to produce a good job? Help please, Angela

Ywilsona 20th Jun, 2011 Plastering
15 Answers u50
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Angela , i totally feel for you , right first thing is whoever done the plastering . Didnt seal the artex before hand , which will leave cracks , crazes and bits falling out. Due to high suction on the artex . P.V.A must be used first to seal the artex !
Pricing of the ceiling in question with materials and labour between £200 and £400, The reason im not being exact is not knowing what type of artex is being skimmed over. Example if it was just broken leather pattern , there would be no need to apply a backing coat to level the ceiling off. If it was a heavy galaxy artex , it would need to be level off. This is because multi finish ( skimm coat ) should not really be applied thicker than 3mm .
I really hope this helps and you get what you wanted in the first place.
Regards
R.Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 20th Jun, 2011
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Flexible mortar - such a thing?

I need to mortar down the sides of a door frame, or should I say re-mortar. Every time the door closes, it has loosened the mortar that has been used. Someone has mentioned to me some sort of mortar you can use that has a bit of give, but I can't remember what it's called.Can you help?

EDIT: I should say that we live in a 350 year old cottage so white upvc trim isn't an option. I don't really want to go down the foam route really as that won't do the stone any favours. Anyone know anything more about this lime puddy that's been mentioned?

Yaires69uk 25th May, 2011 Extensions
7 Answers u6
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How about lime puddy? It's elastic and performs like cement You can use Hydrolic lime mix that's very simple - only use with caution! Toxic while wet but the next best thing to nature after dry...

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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i have 2 badly sagging bedroom ceilings. Is it best to pull them down or under board?

There are 2 water tanks in the loft (that have been emptied)and appear to have attributed to the sagging. A plasterer said it's very messy to pull down and the ceilings will still appear bowed because the beams would have been affected.

Ymissgenuine 22nd May, 2011 Plastering
8 Answers u14
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I would definately replace ceiling , with counter-battening if need be . Then a good plasterer could leave a decent ceiling , i personally would never under board a sagging ceiling .As water/moisture could be trapped in the affected old ceiling . Which could leave problems for the future.
hope this helps ,
R.Carrgan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Average Cost of Reboarding/Replastering

Due to poor brickwork on the outside of our house for many years, the plastering on the inside exterior walls is in dire need of reboarding and replastering. I know that this isn't strictly the right place for gaining quotes but as we're not in a position to do this work within the next 6 months or so, I didn't want to post a job, as such. I'd like to get a rough idea of how much it would cost us to have this work completed, so that we can prepare ourselves and save up the cash! I think there is a total of approx 40msq that needs to be reboarded/replastered, and we would also need the coving/skirting replacing/refitting (I assume this will need to be removed during works!). Is anyone able to tell me what we can expect to pay to have this work completed - a really rough estimate would do, purely to help us get an idea so that we can prepare for the work to be completed. I literally have no idea of costs, so any help would be greatfully received. I appreciate that any costs estimated today may well be useless in 6 months time, but it will give us the rough idea we desperately need. Many thanks for your help.

Thanks to all for your help with this. I thought I'd effectively be being a nuisance getting builders out for quotes when we know we can't get the work done for some time yet. However, I think that's probably the best way forward. Again, many thanks for the info - it's much appreciated! Cheers :)

Yplutonium_cake 11th May, 2011 Plastering
5 Answers u6
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A days work for decent plasterer with materials £300 to £400
hope this helps ,
regards ,
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Do I need a permit from the Council to demolish and rebuild the front wall of my house?

I need to demolish and rebuid the brick front wall of my house as the bricks are v old (about 120years) and crumbling +fit new windows and door.
Is it better and chaper to glue the plaster boards inside or to use normal plaster?

Y49swin49 25th May, 2011 Bricklaying
3 Answers u4
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Your response to the first question about demolishing and rebuild of the front wall .I think the first two guys covered it. The internal plastering you have a few options, The cheapest and quickest way is to dot and dab , then skim the wall, Job done . The only draw back is fixing things to the new wall . Me personally being an old school plasterer , i would float the walls in sand and cement then skim . Which is just as cheap and will stand the test of time .
hope this helps ,
Regards
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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I want to re-train as a Plasterer - Kettering - NN14 4XE

Hi

I was wondering if you could help me.

Recently i was made redundant from my job and I would like to take this opportunity to retrain.

I have allways liked the idea of being a plasterer but for the past 20 years since i left school I have worked in a sales enviroment ( iam 36 yoa) then as things progressed I stayed in my 9-5 job wearing a suit and being very unhappy.

I was wondering if you would like some FREE help labouring to see if this could be a chosen career for me, my aim to do small domestic work not large contracts so i can fit it around the children.

I have no intention of taking work away from yourself I just want to know if with some training I feel as if it is right for me to continue with this dream of mine.

If you wish we can have a chat and your time taking to read this request is greatly appreciated.

Yours Truly

Tony Bosworth

Ybonytone 10th May, 2011 Plastering
5 Answers u3
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Look through your local papers and call all the plastering contractors , all they want is hard working labours with common sense . i would say if your hard working , reliable they will train you .
Hope this helps
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 26th May, 2011
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Moving a stud wall in a bungalow.

My daughter has bought a bungalow.The kitchen is tiny,she wants to move the kitchen wall so she can get a new kitchen fitted.Is it safe to get the wall moved,or will it cause any problems?

Ynovice_43 26th May, 2011 Conversions - General
4 Answers u1
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Stud walls are not usually not load bearing , checking the attic.
Regards
R Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 27th May, 2011
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i have 2 leaks in my roof

I have two leaks in my roof, one by the chimney which i assume is a prob with the flashing and another where the tiles are slightly slipped post code e4 6eh for this job

Yemem 27th May, 2011 Roofing
3 Answers u1
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I think you need to be in the post a job section .

Carrigan Plastering 28th May, 2011
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Hi Rob ,
Being a stud wall i take it there is no load bearing issues. A good plasterer will be able the move a stud wall . Then if you want it somewhere else , using metal stud work, or timber . This is something i have done many times .
Hope this helps
R.Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 4th Jun, 2011
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This definately the wrong sort of beading . You should be using either a plasterboard thin coat stop bead , or thin coat angle bead.
Hope this Helps
R . Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 4th Jun, 2011
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The roughcasting on the front of my house is crumbling. Does it need replacing?

Around 15m2 of the front wall is crumbling off, water has entered the house causing damp after a roofing problem. Should I patch it up or does it need replacing, and if so, is that a buildings insurance job?

Yrod_68 3rd Jun, 2011 Plastering
8 Answers u1
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Blown render needs to be cut back as far as needed , if not problems will arise again. Any blown render which has happened due to water intake . Must be accessed And water proof render applied.
Hope this helps
R, Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 4th Jun, 2011
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Leaking ceiling above bay window

I've posted this job in the restoration and refurb category and haven't received any interest. We have a leak in the ceiling next to our bay windows. It doesn't leak much but needs fixing as it does let through drips of water when it rains very hard. We are in a Garden Flat and there is another bay window (belonging to the Hall floor flat) directly above ours.

Could someone advise me which category I should post this job under in order to attract the right type of tradesman?

Yreebs 10th Jun, 2011 Restoration & Refurbishment
5 Answers u3
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On fixing the ceiling , a good plasterer should be able to sort that out. The problem with the bay window sounds like a job for a window fitter . Sounds like it not sealed correctly. Both of which you can find on yell.com or your local paper. The first job must be fixing the leak , then fixing the ceiling.
hope this helps
R.Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 10th Jun, 2011
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Should a rendered house stay unpainted

We have a rendered house which is not painted.
Many houses in the area have the render painted white.

Is it a good idea to paint it or leave in au naturel, we have had conflicting views from people. Some say its easier and better to leave it unpainted as it easier get it re-rendered etc.

Cheers

Ysimond_30 13th Jun, 2011 Plastering
4 Answers
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Hi there,
Quite honestly ,all the rendering works i have carried out have all been painted . Apart from specialists colour renders like k -rend. It is actually up to you though, If painting is the way you wish to go . Depending on location i.e . by the coast . I would recommend using an oil based paint , due to salt in the air. If not any water based paint used for cover over external render is fine.
Always here to help
R .Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 14th Jun, 2011
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My new rendering keeps cracking?

Hi guys thanks for recent advice for my new rendering problem re cracking, it was mentioned a rep could call if I had certain named rendering but mine is Renderplas or there is mentioned on my invoice Weber pral.M is there a helpline number for this, could a rep come and see what the problem could be?

Ydor_65 13th Jun, 2011 Plastering
4 Answers u2
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I agree with above comment , if mesh or webbing is not used , especially above window and door heads , these are the likely places to crack .
Always here to help
R. Carrigan

Carrigan Plastering 14th Jun, 2011
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