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The World of Plastering Jobs

Plastering is considered to be one of the oldest building handcrafts and there is evidence the great pyramids of Giza, in Egyptto suggest that it was used by the earliest civilisations. For example, the builders of pyramids in Egypt used plaster 2,000 years before Christ. This same plaster is still to be found in the pyramids and they were made from lime mixed with crushed limestone. Massive vats were made of this mixture for it to be added to both walls and floors. It was around this point that people first experimented by adding a red dye to the mixture.

The word ‘plastering’ can be simply defined as the action of putting a type of plaster onto a structure. The plaster will usually be prepared by adding sand, water, lime and sometimes other fibre. The process of adding the plaster to the structure is also known as ‘pargeting’ which is thought to be based on the word ‘porgeter’ which is a French word meaning to ‘roughcast a wall’. When it comes to ornamental plastering used in homes between exposed wooden frames, the term pargenting is usually used.

When it comes to plastering tools – they haven’t changed much, although the manufacturing process to make these tools has. Hammers, trowels, scratching tools and floats are the most commonly used tools for plastering. In addition to steel trowels, there are now polycarbonate tools available on the market which some professional believe can produce a slight better finish in some instances.

When it comes to types of plaster, this has also evolved with browning plaster and bonding plaster being available in addition to finishing plaster.

Plastering is performed by professionals who will generally have years of training and experience under their belts. It’s the use of good plastering that provides the finishing touches to any well done reconstruction or building project.

The EZE Range of Plastering Machines

What’s the best investment you could make? A plastering machine that does the job of an The EZE 24 plastering maching against a white backgroundemployee but without all the overheads from actually having an employee.

That’s why Plasterers1StopShop have devised a number of plastering machines in the EZE range. This set of machines have been designed by engineers and manufactured to be rugged performers that are full of functional features.

To ensure that things are kept simplified, we’ve stuck to what’s allowed in the major building sites across the UK when it comes to voltage – that’s within the 110v / 415v – 3 Phase range – so these machines are either 110v or 415v. There’s no point in us making plastering machines that aren’t allowed to be used everywhere. This is better for you from an insurance point of view too.

You won’t find these machines anywhere else as they are made specifically for us. As functional as they are handsome – the possibilities are endless. And this is only the beginning. Following on from the success of our range of plastering machines, we will be devising more in the future using feedback that we’ve received so that they are constantly developing and improving. Watch this space!

Let’s explore what we have in our family of plastering machines:

  • EZE 24
  • EZE K4
  • EZE Genset
  • A pressure washer

We’re going to explore so that you can see for yourself what the EZE range bring to the plastering industry table.

EZE 24 Plastering Machine

A plastering machine that will handle renders (including thin coat), multi-finish and base coats. It’s been well reviewed by the EWI (external wall insulation) market and can be found being used by some well-established, well known contractors who have invested in a number of these machines.

The EZE 24 hasn’t just proved itself in the commercial market on major construction sites, but it’s also delivered excellent results in the domestic market. Here are the features that the EZE 24 has:

  • Multi speed control
  • Projection patter can be controlled by the air pressure regulator
  • Weighs just 46Kg
  • 110v electrical supply is compliant with standards
  • Well suited for EWI/IWI installations
  • Can be used for plaster, render, thin coat render and base-coats
  • Spray gun with interchangeable nozzles for a variety of applications
  • No waste gun, once it’s turned off, material stops flowing

The EZE 24 can use materials that are either mixed manually or with the optional top mounted mixer unit (EZE-MIX). You can find out more about the EZE 24.

The EZE K4 plastering maching against a white backgroundEZE K4 Plastering Machine

Made in Europe, specifically for the UK market, this plastering machine has been engineered to be long wearing and last for years. Its design means that it produces outstanding results and makes it unnecessary to waste your money on higher priced but seriously comparable products.
We offer practical, low cost solutions but don’t think that the EZE K4 can’t hold its own. We use the same reputable manufacturers as leading industry competitor’s plastering machines and know that ours are just as good as theirs.

What sets the EZE K4 plastering machine apart from others is that it comes with its own generator.

You’ll also receive a number of other items with it including:

  • Air compressor
  • Rondo hose
  • Air Line
  • Reducer
  • Water Pump
  • Cleaning Tool
  • Tool Kit

You can find out more about the EZE K4 plastering machine.

In summary, the EZE name appears on products that meet our high quality. We don’t play games when it comes to plastering tools and plastering machines. We recognise the realities of needing to get work done fast on customer’s sites and are proud to provide the means to be able to do that to our clients. We’re familiar with every nuance of plastering and have produced these machines with our designers, engineers and manufacturer to ensure that you’re the one who benefits from using them.

Is Gordon Reardon Britain’s Oldest Plasterer?

Up until 2013 the title of Britain’s oldest plasterer was held by Bert Groves of Bridgnorth Senior plasterer working on new construction wallwho worked until he was 87 years old, but Carlisle’s Gordon Reardon looks set to take the title from him in a few years.  Reardon is 82, and holds down two jobs, plastering during the day and DJing three nights a week, a schedule most would find tiring at even half his age.

Gordon started plastering at the age of 15 when he left school, after a friend suggested it to him as a possible career path.  His uncle was also a plasterer and had tried to introduce a young Gordon to it, to no avail at the time so he was delighted to find his nephew had shown an interest in his trade.  After just eight years, Gordon set up Gordon Reardon Plastering and has been self-employed ever since, with his wife of 58 years, Jean, looking after the books.  Specialising in ornate plastering, Gordon is one of a handful of ornate plasterers in the area.

Despite working hard Gordon spends much of his spare time organising dances and DJing, as he shares a passion for dancing with wife Jean.  The couple also organise dancing holidays as well as their regular Tuesday and Wednesday dances and Saturday night DJ slot at the Embassy dance.  Perhaps it is the regular workout on the dance floor that has kept Gordon feeling young and fit into his eighties?  Gordon certainly thinks so, and despite having suffered heart attacks and strokes he is determined to carry on plastering and dancing as long as possible.  He feels as if he is twenty years younger.  He is almost certainly Britain’s oldest currently working plasterer, but if he works for another five years he will be the oldest ever, and will still only feel like he’s in his sixties!

 

Magnetic plaster? Whatever next?

British Gypsum have created a new type of plaster that, when applied and dried, attracts Magnetic alphabet on the board in child's roommagnets allowing people to create large swathes of noticeboard or a feature wall with ever changing content.  Thistle Magnetic Plaster requires a 3mm thick coat in order to make the most of the magnetic effect, and is applied using similar techniques to traditional plasters.  It can also be painted over without losing the magnetism, making it perfect for any home and colour scheme.

The plaster can be applied in any property and even over existing plasters and wall coverings, so it is not just new builds that can benefit from this technology.  Ideal for kitchen walls where shopping lists and important letters are normally kept, it can also function well in children’s bedrooms to organise homework and photos, or in a living room or hallway to display family pictures and artwork.  Because the magnetic plaster holds magnets firmly to the wall there is no possibility of damage to the plaster from screw holes and sticky fixings; even magnetic coat hooks can hold lightweight items and keys in a hallway with the added benefit of being able to move and reorganise the space in minutes with no touch ups required.

The possibilities are only limited by your own imagination, so let the kids play around with the magnetic walls, using them to organise a story, build pictures and jigsaw puzzles or any other interactive games.  With two magnetic walls and some identical pictures you could play a giant game of Guess Who?, and popular fridge magnet games such as noughts and crosses or connect 4 are also ideal for a magnetic wall.  Kitchens with fitted and hidden fridges would definitely benefit from a magnetic wall to replace the lost magnetic surface that so many of us enjoy in our kitchens, so do consider magnetic plaster for innovative jobs.

Growing Your Plastering Business

We thought we’d put something completely different up this week in terms of our post. A palm holding a money tree.Something that some of you may find useful if you’re still finding your way with building up your plastering business. Of course, if you’re getting ready to retire than our guide to growing your plastering business won’t be that useful!

We’ve been in this business a fair amount of time now and have learnt a few things.  We also have quite a network that we discuss matters such as this with…

Let’s look at what the main pillars are of growing any business and how these factors can be applied to growing your plastering business:

All trade businesses are the same in that there are just four primary ways to grow them. Of course, there are many other ways that you can grow your business, but the primary methods that will deliver strong results are listed below.

Any of the other ways you can think of to grow your business will fit under one of these categories. Once you know these methods, your competition won’t stand a chance.

Why?

Because your competition is almost 100% unlikely to know of these concepts (unless of course they read our plastering blog!)

Here goes, let’s look at the four ways to grow your plastering business:

Get your customers to spend more. In other words, increasing the average transactional value of their purchases will give you more money. It’s one of the quickest ways to improve on your profits. Find a way to increase the size of the order and you’ll be enjoying increased profits. It’s a method that fast food chains use. They always ask you if you want fries or a milkshake with your order when you drive up to their window. Or they might ask you if you want to super-size your order. Whatever the method, they are looking for ways to substantially increase their profits by getting you to buy more. You can apply this to your plastering business by encouraging your customers to ‘upsize’ their order for a small additional cost. Perhaps upgraded finishing or you might even promise to get the job done by a particular date.

yellow pages with phone receiver isolated on whiteGet more customers. Build your customer base. Get more prospects to buy from you and become your regular customers. You know how it is. When more people buy from you, you take more money and that reflects in your bottom line profits. The more customers you add to your customer base, the larger it becomes and the more referrals you get. Each industry has its own way of attracting new clients – in our industry it’s often the tradespeople websites that have sprung up and of course, we get a lot of referrals. Some of us may even still use the old style telephone directory advertising methods in addition to getting into the online directories. What works for one industry or business, doesn’t always work for others. If you’re creative you can look at what other industries use to attract clients and recycle what you can to attract your own new customers to your plastering business.

Get your customers to buy from you more often. The frequency of their purchases need to increase to be successful in this approach. Can you get them to come back to you more often? Can you give them reasons to keep coming back and doing more business with you? The longer your customers go between purchases, the more chance they have of going to your competition. You know, out of sight – out of mind… you need to constantly stay in touch with your customers with educational information, updates on products and services, special offers etc. Once you ‘lock’ them in then they will realise that it really is best to do business with you. They won’t consider going anywhere else as you are simply the best and you give them value all the way. You might want to get this approach rolling into action by setting up a newsletter or even holding a special event for your customers to build your relationship with them and make them feel a little appreciated.

Customer retention. How long do you keep your customers for? Are they your customers for life, or just for five years or just one time? You need to work out a system so that you can keep your current customers and avoid losing them to the competition. There’s no doubt about it – your competition are making plans to try to take your customers away from you and you need to come up with your own system to keep them. Do you think your current customers are so thrilled with what you do for them that they will keep coming back to you year after year? When a customer stops using you and goes elsewhere, do you have a way to find out why that was? Once you have that information, you can then incorporate it into your business systems so that you continue to improve your business and will avoid losing any more clients.

There you have it… 4 primary methods of growing your plastering business. Let us know how you get on…

Plastering Technology: Aero-Therm for Energy Saving

If you’ve haven’t already seen the product Aero-Therm on our site or at any trade shows, A bucket of Aero-Therm plaster.then we advise you to check it out. It’s got some powerful home insulation properties even though it can be applied using plastering techniques that are almost standard. It can even be applied by a plastering machine such as the EZE 24.

What we are excited about with this material is the fact that it’s one of those products that could make a considerable difference to any plasterer’s income. Twinned with effective marketing, this product is a game changer.

Read on to find out why…

It’s no secret that the UK home stock has some of the worst efficiency records in Europe. Heat easily escapes into the atmosphere leaving householders to stump up for their very expensive heating bills month after month.

The last time anybody counted, they calculated that there were around 27m homes in the UK. Over two thirds of these were built using cavity wall construction with approximately 70% of these taking advantage of some insulation in the cavity wall. The remaining cavity wall properties were considered to be too hard to insulate.

The 8m or so homes that were constructed in solid wall style don’t fare well either when it comes to insulation, with only 4% of them having any form of it.

This leaves us with over 5m homes that have cavity walls but no insulation and 7m solid wall type homes that are also leaking heat because these homes are very difficult to insulate.

Fortunately, somebody has devised a way to retain heat which can also provide plasterers with a lot of extra trade. Introducing Aero-Therm

Aero-Therm is a new wall coating that is thermal reflective. In fact, it works very well and can make energy savings up to as high as 35%.  It is devised to slow down heat loss by reflecting radiant energy back into the room so that living space is far warmer and comfortable.

Aero-Therm can be very effective even when it has been applied with as little as just 1.0mm skim on internal walls and ceilings. Once applied it can be painted or wallpapered to the desired finish.

Not only is Aero-Therm a great opportunity for plasterers to make extra income, but it’s something that is beneficial to the environment. Check out the Aero-Therm and don’t say we didn’t tell you about how to expand your business by using our carefully selected products!