Plastering is a highly skilled occupation that is vital to any internal building work, simply because the finish the plasterer leaves is the final finish that the homeowner will have for all time.
Plasterers get called in to smooth out any bumps and hollows in the walls and ceilings, and to leave a finished that absolutely looks flat and smooth from all angles. It is highly skilled simply because a plasterer has to be able to mix up a perfect batch of plaster and then apply it in such a way that they leave the perfect finish. They need to work very quickly and make absolutely certain that they don’t go over finished work, and for this reason they need to be strong and energetic and really do need to love their work.
Plastering is similar to painting in that there is a degree of art in achieving the final perfect finish. In general plastering a wall is fairly straightforward, although the plasterer will generally need to have a platform to work on to reach the top of the wall if they are not tall. Walls are a lot easier to plaster effectively than ceilings, simply because it is easier to access the wall and is not so tiring on arm muscles.
For the plasterer the ceilings can be a real challenge, particularly if the house is a converted warehouse or something similar that has a higher than usual ceiling stud. Plasterers Wellington can use specialised adjustable stilts for this part of the job, and in some cases can walk around safely on stilts that are a metre high, and work effectively under the ceiling without getting abnormal muscle tiredness.
Very good plasterers are worth their weight in gold, simply because they work very efficiently and leave a very good finished job for the painters. Accordingly some plasterers can be earning very large sums, and they can be very busy hopping from job to job simply because their services are so much on demand by the builders. Plastering does not have a glamorous image, mainly because plasterers always end up at the end of every day with a lot of plaster on their clothes and face and hands, but it is a mistake to view the plaster covered plasterer comically. He is probably making a lot more money than you are.
Most of the plastering work in New Zealand is indoors, working with ceilings and walls. However there is a lot of plastering work required on some particular building cladding types, and on external concrete and concrete block walls.
Around 15% of the electricity supply for New Zealand use responsible fuel for generation, but 100% of Transport uses fossil fuel. New Zealand Imports virtually all it’s oil for refining and to transport fuel, and this has a major impact on New Zealand’s economy.
Ironically New Zealand could theoretically fuel all it’s transport needs from electricity with very little expansion required to the electricity supply, as there is a vast amount of surplus capacity in the hydroelectric system. This excess capacity will further increase by about 30% when the aluminium smelter is decommissioned, which is inevitable given that it is nearly obsolete in terms of Technology.
The 15% of New Zealand electricity supply that is generated using fossil fuels mostly use as coal but with some natural gas. In New Zealand Coal is very obviously a sunset industry, and the coal industry has lost virtually all it’s value over the last few years. The underground gas supplies are nearly exhausted as well. However the recent rapid development of solar and wind power overseas means that this form of renewable energy is very economic for New Zealand, and indeed wind farms are a common sight around the country. Wind and Solar are very compelling economically if coupled up with utility scale battery storage, and it is totally plausible net Wind and Solar Plus battery good replace the existing coal and gas fired power stations within the next decade or so. New Scientist magazine says that fossil fuel power plants are more deadly than nuclear power plants!
The electric vehicle market will grow explosively around the world within the next decade, and New Zealand we’ll see this explosive growth like any other country. The convenient aspect of the electric vehicle is that 95% of the recharging will take place overnight, which is when there is plenty of surplus power capacity in the network. Indeed, almost all of the recharging and necessary to satisfy all of New Zealand’s transport as a service needs can take place using the existing renewable how supplies, which means that New Zealand will be able to reduce it’s oil Imports at a dramatic scale over the next decade or so. We will still need oil will certain products such as Plastics and roading material, that oil required for internal combustion will reduce to a tine % of its current level.
This massive reduction in oil Imports will take place at the same time as there’s a massive reduction in the cost of Transport for the general population, and this will have a massively Positive Impact on the economic well-being of New Zealanders.
The one problem debt New Zealand does have is the very high power prices which are due to the Legacy cost of a power grid there has to serve a relatively small population then a long skinny country. Power companies are regulated, but right across the board they have been gathering Supernormal profits four decades. However the introduction of solar power for households and localised battery storage will mean they are out the power companies will not need to expand for up size the network, and this for me and that their costs will be a lot less and these will be able to be fed back to the consumers as lower power prices.