Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Its been a few years since I did any real plaster work.All our church plasterwork was done by this dear dear friend of mine.He was an old man then.......saw him a few years ago and he hadn't aged a bit.Must be over 100,haha.Anyhow I'd build the forms/bucks for these HUGE church cornices,amongst other stuff......and Robert and his crew would plaster them.I'd sit way up there on scaffolding(mucho one-offs here)and ask all kinds of questions,and in general marvel at his craftsmanship....finely honed in the biz for so many years.
So,had a leg up in old house world.When repairing plaster was on the menu,I'd do it.This would be original 18th century,hog's hair on wood lathe.And got pretty darn good at it.....but the time spent watching and asking questions is what made the difference.Even though I've scalded hair off hog's its nasty.....we'd always go snag a horse hair broom and utilize that into the first coat.
As a trivia question,I like to ask budding drywall contractors where the term "drywall" came from.You know,like whats a bucket of water got to do with plaster in a dumbazz sort of tone?And then gage their response.BW