Tips on plastering your home walls

Ok so maybe you should not have tried to impress your mates by throwing a heavy glass bottle at full force towards a gyprock wall. Now you have a gaping hole in your previously flawless dining or living room wall. If you rent, this is the last thing you want your landlord to see. If you own, this is the last thing you want to see when you come how to relax in your once immaculate living or dining room. However fear not as gyprock walls were made to be extremely easy to repair and restore.

Our average Sydney Handyman repairs about ten of these holes a week, whereas our Brisbane Handyman might do three or so a week. It’s not always a thrown bottle. Often the leg of a moving piece of furniture is the culprit. Whatever the cause, if patched up correctly no one will ever suspect such a hole ever existed. The cost of repairing such a hole, say the size of a fist, varies. A handyman might charge as little as $200, whereas a plasterer might charge as much as $600. Some brave individuals might attempt to repair the hole themselves and this can be done for about $100 worth of materials.

For those who do decide to DIY this issue, here are few tips to make it all work.

Firstly watch the many videos available on the topic on websites such as YouTube to decide which of a few methods is for you. Once you have decided on the method, watch the video a couple of times at least, listening and watching carefully as technique is discussed or demonstrated.

Plastering is a messy affair. Cover nearby carpets, surfaces and furniture with plastic and sheeting.

Make sure the area that you are plastering is both clean and dry and the surrounding gyprock is in good condition. Make sure that all your tools are clean and in particular that the bucket you might mix any dry powdered plaster or product, if you chose not to use a premix, is clean and has no remains of other product stuck to it. Make sure all scrapers and other tools you might use are clean.

If you are not using a premixed product always add the plaster to the water and not the other way around. This gives you a higher degree of control in mixing to the right consistency. Make sure that there are absolutely no lumps whatsoever in the mix once it is ready.

Remove loose and hanging bits of the plasterboard from around the hole you are going to plaster up.

If you are going to use plasterers tape to initially cover the hole. to set the plaster on, make sure the tape is on firmly and this means there is a reasonable overlap of the tape onto the intact plasterboard. This ensures that when the plaster is applied the tape will not come loose.

Try to apply the plaster neatly and flush with the wall but leave a small amount of plaster protruding to finally sand to a perfect finish.

However if you feel that doing this yourself is too much, call a plasterer or an experienced handyman firm such as Ontime Handyman and they will do the job for you.