Every plasterer has their favourite tools, and many have their own version of the essentials. 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.
- The Pointing Trowel
A triangular trowel for trimming small areas that need a little bit of extra attention. A tool commonly found among plasterers.
- The Window Trowel
This rectangular trowel has a rectangular shape and a smaller face, which provides better control in tight spaces.
- The Corner Trowel
Used to finish internal and external of a surface with great accuracy and ease.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Tin Snips
These are used for snipping sheet metal. The long handles provide a higher leverage, and they are good for trimming beading.
- 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.
- The Spirit Level
This is essential for flat surfaces and finishes, and helps you to provide a professional service.
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.
These are really versatile tools. They are used often to remove old plaster, wallpaper, and artex. The long scrapers are idea for reaching ceilings.
- The Texture Brush
These add texture to a coated ceiling for a lovely finish.
- 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.
- The Mortar Stand
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.
- 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.
- The Float
This essential tool is used to smooth rendering on the surface of a wall or ceiling. Every plasterer should own one.
- The Sponge
The sponge is used for cleaning tools after use as well as the mortar stand.
- The Joining Knife
This is designed for the laying of drywall tape. Helps to seal joints between boards for a seamless finish.
- The Step Ladder
These are often lightweight and durable, and should be carried with you to assist you when reaching those high ceilings.
- Hack Saw
This nifty tool can cut through dry wall, plastic, wood, and even metal. A definite must for the plasterer’s arsenal.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Mixing Drill
This drill is robust with high levels of torque. It is especially useful with the below tool.
- The Mixing Paddle
This is used in combination with the mixing drill and is use for mixing plaster to the desired consistency.
- 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.
- The Hop-up
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!