5 Essential Items to Have When Plastering a Wall

5 Essential Items to Have When Plastering a Wall

If you are involved in a project that concerns improving your home regarding wallpapering, painting, or hanging drywall, having the essential plastering tools is imperative during that process. All these items, fortunately, are always available at any local hardware or store for home improvement. These items include:

A Trowel
One of the most important plastering tools available in the industry are the trowels. This is because they are the devices that allow you to provide or produce a finer or smooth plaster after applying the wall. This is the tool that is often used to flatten the plaster over the area that is intended for proper plastering. Moreover, it is also imperative to have a clean, good surface on the face of the trowel to make a smooth and uniform finish when plastering.

A Hawk
Hawks are professional tools that are used by the construction professionals who have enough experience in plastering to carry down the plaster as they maneuver down the wall. The main advantage of plastering your walls, over carrying the plaster material over the pan or working directly from the bucket destination, is the drywall compound amount that the trowel can pick up in each action of scooping. As the hawk gets the plaster stick on it after some seconds, the hawk can also become tipped at an angle while scooping the plaster with the trowel.

Mud Pan
A mud pan is a tool that can be used as a supplementary tool to the hawk. When you do not have the hawk present, its functions can be complemented by the mud pan. It is also used for those who have less experience in plastering, while it can waste most of the construction material, laborious, and time-consuming to scoop the material from the pan, it is often harder to spill the construction material from the floor with the pan than the hawk.

Utility Scissors/Knife
Scissors or a utility knife is used to cut the plaster tape to the correct size. The utility knife is also employed to have the edge squared out of the hole for plastering or repairing the damaged walls. The straight edged holes can also be easier to achieve an even surface.

Step Ladder
One of the most invaluable tools used to reach the holes in the high areas is the use of the step ladder. Be sure to acquire a ladder that has a shelf at its tip. You can use the tip to place the tools and materials you will be using in the pan to reduce the time spent going up and down as well as reducing fatigue.

In the end, don’t forget to carry a bucket of fresh water for wetting the sponge and keeping the tools clean during the project.

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