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Plasterboard taping tools

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Taping tools are invaluable for dry-liners and plaster-boarders, saving a lot of time when fitting plasterboard in large buildings such as factories, retail and commercial buildings as well as student halls and other places which offer accommodation on a large scale.  Applying scrim tape by hand doesn’t take a very long time for a small room, or in a house, but when this is being done on a large new build then the time, and therefore saving costs start to add up.  There is also slightly less wastage, as the tape stays firmly in the machine at all times, stopping it from getting stuck to other surfaces and being wasted.  Taping machines also cut the tape, doing away with a taping knife entirely, and they can apply tape accurately in corners, which can be a struggle for the novice plaster border.

Taping tools have a fairly long history, with the first prototype model being produced in 1945, by brothers Robert and Stan Ames in Georgia, USA.  It weighed around 45 kilos and was battery powered, and obviously quite cumbersome, a far cry indeed from today’s hand-held models.  Drywallers by trade, the brothers began experimenting with inventions for improving their job in 1939, but did not create the first automatic taping tool until 1954, after improving on their initial bulky model.  The people involved in these inventions went on to found or advise most of the plasterboard tool manufacturers we know today, including Belmont Tools, the Ames brothers’ first company.

Although Plasterers 1 Stop Shop mainly sells machine and hand plastering tools and equipment, focusing less on the plasterboard side of the trade, it is still interesting to know how these inventions came about, and how they can be useful.  You never know, this could come up in a pub quiz and as a plasterer, everyone will expect you to know the answer!


Timesaving Plastering Tools

We all want to get our plastering work done to a high level of quality, while stillA set of assorted plaster trowel tools and spatula . maintaining excellent time. There are a number of great tools out there that can allow you to achieve the level of quality you want and expect, as well as ensuring that you also save time and get the job done quickly and efficiently. Saving time and unnecessary effort is always a great bonus for the working day, so here are a few plastering tools that are sure to help you save a little time while still looking professional.

Taping Tools

There are loads of automatic taping tools available on the market today. They can save you a huge amount of time, which means you can get on with the important tasks and don’t have to spend time fiddling with the tape. It a laborious and time consuming task, so give the automatic one a try and see how much time it could save you.

Plastering Stilts

If you’ve not tried them yet, then this is one we recommend. Plastering stilts will help you to get to those hard to reach areas and corners, especially on the ceiling without the bother of getting up and down the ladder, having to move it and going up and down it again. These useful tools will serve you well, so it is worth investing in a pair.

Power Mixer

Many plasterers do all of their mixing by hand, which is fantastic, but it can also be very time consuming. With a plastering mixer you can let the machine do all of the hard work for you, and it can save you a lot of time and effort that could be spent on other areas of the project. It’s not an easy or lazy way out, it just lets you focus on the things that really need your hands to finish them.

Corner Trowel

An underrated and underappreciated trowel, the corner trowel will really serve you well on your plastering endeavours. The corners can be so hard to do right, but a corner trowel gets through them with great ease. It makes your job faster, and ensures that you get the corners looking just as they should. Be sure to add one of these to your toolbox.

Screw Gun

If you want to fit drywall quickly, efficiently, and professionally, then you really need to invest in one of these if you haven’t already. They are powerful and can really get the job done for you. There will be no more drywall struggles with one of these. Head down to your local hardware store and pick one of these up, you won’t regret it!


It can be really difficult to get ceiling downlights in just the right place, and they can be very tricky and time consuming to install. Now, there are indicators that simplify the process and remove the need for detailed and complex drawings in order to get the right spot. They will ensure you get it right. To make things easier for yourself and reduce the stress of trying to get the downlights in, you should seriously consider investing in one of these.

What’s your favourite time-saving tool?

How to Nail Your Next Plastering Job

While working for a boss or a company can often come with more secure benefits such as aThe word blog written with old typewriter steady income, many qualified and experienced plasterers are setting up on their own. This brings with it a whole new set of challenges from marketing yourself to providing the kind of customer service that gets people talking about you.

Here are some important ways you can boost your credibility as a trade plasterer and give clients every opportunity to employ your services.

Get a Website

While a number of self-employed plasterers will advertise with online platforms such as Yell.com, there are a surprising number who don’t have their own website or have one that is poorly written or rarely updated.

Having a good website is imperative if you want to increase your visibility, even though you only operate to a local market. More people nowadays search for services on the internet and not having a site can put you at a disadvantage. When someone types in ‘plastering service’ in your local area you want to be top of the list that comes up on Google. A good website also allows you to highlight your skills and start selling your credentials before anyone even picks up the phone to give you a call.

Create a Plastering Blog

Adding a blog to your website is also a great way of enhancing your reputation, highlighting jobs under way and completed, and showing that you generally know what you are doing. Search engines love them too and that could ensure your plastering work comes at the top of the rankings all the time. People are more likely to choose a service that appears on the first page of search engine rankings and if you sound like you know what you are talking about they are more likely to make that call.

Invest in a Smartphone

If you are a self-employed plasterer still using an old Nokia, then it’s time you upgraded to a smartphone. Not only does it allow you to communicate better but if you are involved with social media as a marketing strategy for your company you can update on the move.

Take Before and After Pictures of Your Plastering Work

A smartphone gives you other options too. How about taking before and after pictures of your latest job and saving them to show customers? You can also ask your satisfied customer to record a quick testimonial video that you can upload onto your website or social media. You can even do over the phone Skype calls and give advice via video to potential customers.

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Word of mouth is one of the most successful marketing strategies, so never leave a customer without giving them a couple of your business cards. If you have the finances, you can also make up a short brochure with your contact details on it. There are plenty of cheap options out there if you look around online. They are vital if you want customers to recommend you to their friends and family.

Brush Up on Your Communication Skills

One area where many self-employed plasterers fall down is their communication skills. You may not be a professional salesman but having a clear idea of what you are going to say to customers is important. Again, there’s plenty of help in this respect online including video tutorials that will help you brush up your sales patter and how to conduct yourself professionally.

Choose the Right Plastering Tools Supplier

Finally, using the best plastering supplier and investing in equipment shows you are a professional outfit and that you care enough to have the right tools for the job.

The great news is that most of methods you can use to better promote your services are fairly low cost while also bringing great benefits. You can set up a decent website for as little as a few pounds a month and investing in a new smartphone can bring great dividends. It’s worth thinking about if you want to keep those plastering jobs coming in.

28 Things Every Plasterer Needs

Every plasterer has their favourite tools, and many have their own version of the A corner trowel for plastering against a white backgroundessentials. Over time, every plasterer will decide on their arsenal. For those new to the world of plastering, and possibly even for those who are not, here are the 28 things that every plasterer needs in their arsenal for a successful job.

  1. The Pointing Trowel

A triangular trowel for trimming small areas that need a little bit of extra attention. A tool commonly found among plasterers.

  1. The Window Trowel

This rectangular trowel has a rectangular shape and a smaller face, which provides better control in tight spaces.

  1. The Corner Trowel

Used to finish internal and external of a surface with great accuracy and ease.

  1. The Finishing Trowel

This wide, flat, rectangular blade allows for spreading and smoothing of plaster. This is generally used quite frequently and so it’s important to get a good quality one. To spot one that is of good quality you need to look for one that is not welded through and is slightly concave.

  1. The Hand Board

This tool is also known as the Hawk. It has a portable surface that provides a flat plate on which to store some plaster material for easy application to walls and ceilings.

  1. The Straight Edge

This tool is used to even off rendered floors and can cover a large area in a short time. It’s incredibly useful.

  1. The Bucket

It may seem obvious, but it’s still important. It’s recommended that you have one that is at least 10L as this will hold a lot of material and can also be used for mixing.

  1. Retractable Knife

Also known as the Stanley Knife (in our opinion, the best brand!). It can cut through many things from string to plasterboard. Not only this, but the blades are cheap and easy to replace – a bonus!

  1. Tin Snips

These are used for snipping sheet metal. The long handles provide a higher leverage, and they are good for trimming beading.

  1. The Mixing Bath

Ideal for mixing large amounts of plaster. Especially if you need more than can fit in your bucket. They tend to be longer and deeper.

  1. The Spirit Level

This is essential for flat surfaces and finishes, and helps you to provide a professional service.

  1. Brushes

Perhaps a less obvious item to carry around with you, and they may seem more suited to someone in the painter industry. However, these are great for keeping your plaster damp. Just make sure you clean them well and ensure they are completely dry before use to avoid streaky walls.

  1. Scrapers

These are really versatile tools. They are used often to remove old plaster, wallpaper, and artex. The long scrapers are idea for reaching ceilings.

  1. The Texture Brush

These add texture to a coated ceiling for a lovely finish.

  1. The Combi Drill

This brilliant tool can drill and drive. Be sure to get the cordless variety for easier use. Re-chargeable batteries mean that you shouldn’t have to worry about it running out of power half way through.

  1. The Mortar StandA plastering float against a white background

This table is key for storing grout and other plastering materials on for your ease of access. Often these tables will be foldable so that you can move and store them easily.

  1. Drywall Saw

The ragged blade can cut through plasterboard with ease. The sharp point is ideal for penetrating through drywall for quick and easy access to cavities.

  1. The Float

This essential tool is used to smooth rendering on the surface of a wall or ceiling. Every plasterer should own one.

  1. The Sponge

The sponge is used for cleaning tools after use as well as the mortar stand.

  1. The Joining Knife

This is designed for the laying of drywall tape. Helps to seal joints between boards for a seamless finish.

  1. The Step Ladder

These are often lightweight and durable, and should be carried with you to assist you when reaching those high ceilings.

  1. Hack Saw

This nifty tool can cut through dry wall, plastic, wood, and even metal. A definite must for the plasterer’s arsenal.

  1. The Claw Hammer

The claw hammer is good for everyone to have around. With one end for driving, and the other for prying it has a multitude of uses and can be good for rectifying mistakes.

  1. Dust Sheets

Dust sheets keep your workspace clean and especially protect the client’s floor and surfaces from any damage. An absolute must for every plasterer, if not an obvious one.

  1. The Mixing Drill

This drill is robust with high levels of torque. It is especially useful with the below tool.

  1. The Mixing Paddle

This is used in combination with the mixing drill and is use for mixing plaster to the desired consistency.

  1. The Scarifier

This tool is used for preparing the secondary coat on rendered walls or ceilings by combing lines into the render, thus creating a stronger bond for the next layer.

  1. The Hop-upA plaster mixing bucket against a white background

To prevent you needing to put up scaffolding or wearing stilts, it is advisable that you invest in a hop-up. They often give you just the right amount of reach you need to get to those slightly higher places.


So that’s our run-down of what a plasterer may need in their arsenal – Do you think we’ve missed anything? Let us know in the comments below!

Plastering Tools for Beginners

As with any job, when you start out you need to invest in the right equipment. You may notPlastering tools in a plaster bucket know which pieces of kit to buy or even which brands are the most suitable for the job at hand. Should you go down the more affordable route, or go all out for the premium products?

There’s one thing we know, and that is that you’re going to want to start on the right foot. This means getting the tools that you need to use, not ones that will sit in the kit bag for years.

At Plasterers1stopshop, we have experience and specialist knowledge of what’s required in terms of tools for the plastering industry. We can advise on what apprentices and long-time professionals need in order to perform their craft to exacting standards.

To help out the less experienced with what they need, we have put together a list of the most common tools that the majority of plasterers require to do a good job.  Please note that this list may suit college students also by giving them the equipment that they need to be able to successfully complete their courses and get in some practice before looking for the first plastering job.

Here’s what you need to get started

  • Finishing trowel
  • Aluminium hawk
  • Bucket trowel
  • Scratching tool
  • Plasterers float
  • Water-brush

You might also want to invest in:

  • Safety boots with steel toecaps
  • Safety glasses
  • Hi-vis waistcoat

All of our equipment has been carefully selected as being the best on the market. Our reputation is now starting to become established and one of the best for supplies amongst professional plasterers.

All of the above tools are available from our shop. If you need any assistance with what you should be buying, then feel free to give us a call for a no obligation chat. You can order any of our products 24/7 and our prices are some of the best available.


Introduction to Modern Plastering Tools

Although plastering has been in use for thousands of years, it’s only recently that modern A plastering machine against a white backgroundtechnology has played a part in the application process. In fact, the procedure and materials involved have stayed practically the same all this time, until now. Read on to discover how modern plastering tools make quick work of plaster application.

Early adopters of plaster application would apply it using flat rocks and blunt wooden tools. These days modern machinery has joined hand tools for the speedy application of plaster. Most of these modern innovations have been invented by specialist plasterers who were looking for a way to speed up the process of the craft.

Modern plastering tools include items such as:

  • Automatic tools such as plaster sprayers and mixers
  • Spray guns
  • Extendable handles
  • Automatic tapers
  • Corners rollers
  • Laser measuring devices
  • Boxes
  • Pumps

As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider when making the decision on which tools to use. It would be unfair of us to just mention the pros, so we have included some of the cons that should also be considered.


Ease of use – many of the most essential tools for plastering are basic and easy to use, some adjustments have been made to make their use simpler. This makes it easier for professional plasterers to reach those most elusive spots and to remove the need for ladders when taking measurements and delivering estimate. Laser measuring devices are far more accurate and can therefore make quoting and ordering supplies easier.

Faster work time – with tools making tasks easier and faster, time spent on jobs are often dramatically shortened. It’s possible to do far more in a smaller number of hours. This benefits both building owners and workers, by enabling the optimisation of time and improving the quality of results.

Better output quality – using advanced technology makes human errors less common. Miscalculations are rarer and it’s possible to ensure that each job has a refined finish.

Lower over-all cost – less waste and less errors in estimates of materials required mean less cost. Precision mixing and measuring are now possible and it’s something that makes the project manager happier with more money in the budget.


Breakdowns – the trouble with advanced machines is that as with any tools, they can occasionally need maintenance or be at risk of being out of action for one reason or another. This can cause a sometimes unexpected delay and can slow down pending jobs. Basic plastering tools can be replaced quickly but with the advanced equipment, they may need to be fixed by a professional.

Loss of art – with the advent of machines, some say that plastering is not the art form that it once was. Being dependent upon tools may remove the creativity and skills that plasterers are known for.

Longevity of plasters – newer materials may not last as long as they did in days gone by. These days plaster quite often contain additives and chemicals that make up a large part of the ingredients of them. This is demonstrated when plaster that was applied just a few Canterbury Cathedral against a sunny sky with cloudsshort years ago is seen peeling off in modern buildings. In order buildings, it will still be stuck fast – such as in castles, old churches, commercial buildings and mansions from hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Think Canterbury Cathedral that was built between 900AD – 1300AD and the plaster is still intact.

Modern building equipment such as plastering tools are designed to increase productivity and deliver lower labour costs. How this is used to our advantage is our choice, and the quality of the results will still depend on the work ethic and skill level of the plasterer.

In the hands of the specialist plasterers, modern techniques, tools and materials can provide the means to deliver results that can rival the classics but with greater ease and speed. Check out our plastering tools here.