If you want to undertake a DIY plastering job you are going to need plastering tools.
This article will describe the common tools used by plastering contractors.
Please remember plastering is an art and just by buying some plaster a hawk and a float does not make you a plasterer
Plastering Tools #1 – The Float
The Float is the tool used to apply the final coat or skim of plaster. Most plasterers have had their float for many years and it usually has a tempered edge, buying a new float is like breaking in a new pair of shoes, so some advice from a professional is that if you can get hold of a used float it will be a great investment if you want to achieve the perfect finish. There is some confusion in terms between the US and the UK where I believe they call a float a trowel.
A float can be made of wood, metal or have a sponge base depending on what material you are plastering or rendering and the finish you are trying to obtain.
Plastering Tools #2 – The Hawk
The hawk is the tool used to load the plaster onto your trowel. It is made up of a large metal or wooden surface with a handle underneath. The skill comes with loading the plaster from your hawk onto your trowel. Too much and will fall to the floor and too little will mean you are doing more work to plaster a wall. As I have said before plastering is an art and watching a plasterer in action you might think it is easy until you try it for the first time!
Plastering Tools #3 – The Trowel
The Trowel is the main tool you will use to apply the plaster to the wall – it is typically constructed of metal and a round handle – as with the float most plasterers have had their trowel for many years and it is like a comfy pair of shoes. It is the tool we use the most and is responsible for applying the majority of plaster during a job.
Plastering Tools #4 – The Paddle Mixer
The final tool you need is a plaster mixer – this is used to mix your plaster. It is like a big electric drill with two handles on the side to hold it and a long bit with a paddle mixer on the end. This make mixing plaster a lot easier than doing it by hand
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