The Plastering Trade
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.