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Good for overview...but not finer points.
on 1 August 2008
The Ableskills video gives a decent overview of the steps that go into obtaining a professional plaster finish (particularly if you are working with plasterboard walls), but there are far too many details that are simply left out (particularly if you are working with brick, stone, etc. walls). For example, there was no mention of whether or not PVA needed to be used to prepare the walls...or in what circumstances. As an example of techniques that are not fully explained: they show roughly how to mix plaster...but don't show you clearly what consistency you should aim for. For another example, they show the pattern you should ideally follow when plastering...but there is no coverage of how to handle more difficult areas which will inevitably arise. In my case, for example, I wondered whether the skirting boards would need to removed beforehand...and then the additional cost of replacing them. My best guess is that there are probably better ways to learn plastering. If you want an overview of the process or are a very good handyman..the DVD may be ok for you. But if you want to learn the skill of plastering...I'm afraid it doesn't do enough...and is much much shorter than I expected as well. Also...be aware there is no paper based info...only the dvd.
If you try to use the DVD...I would recommend working on a small wall or area to see if plastering is for you. I personally managed most of my plastering job ok--with referencing some other books / websites on plastering...but in the end...looking back...would probably have hired a plasterer.