Plastering chased cables has been a bit challenging the past two weeks. There were a LOT of cables after we’d had some electrics put in and I was worried about the right methods to cover them up.
I know some just plaster straight over them, but I felt it was better practice to cover with PVC channel, then plaster it up to prevent problems for us or anyone else later on.
Also, the brickwork was such a mess and there was only so deep I could chip away as we have a tiled bathroom on the other side.
So the first thing I did was turn off all the electrics. Then I cut down the PVC channelling to size but realised my exposed brickwork wasn’t straight, so needed to chip away (ensuring I was away from the cables).
Then, using masonry nails about 3cm long, I trapped the PVC channeling to the crevise by jamming it under the nail heads. Sometimes I had to go through the edges of the channeling (away from the cables!)
Then mixed up some Wickes’ onecoat (discontinued) by eye in a clean bucket with about 2-3cm of water in the bottom. I mixed with a clean stick and applied with a bucket trowel (that’s all I had) being as smooth as possible.
Once the plaster completely dried, I sanded it down with a hand sander using 120 grit paper to remove any rough edges. Then dusted it down and brushed over a coat of PVA solution (glue thinned with water) and left to dry.
Then after watching this YouTube video on how to skim a wall with ready mix, I drove straight to Wickes and picked some up and Toolstation for this great Vinyl Smoother as squeegees were so expensive. The smoother has a little bend, so worked great for me.
I initially used the roller method but it never worked for me, even with a watered down skim too, so resorted to my large filling knife which was much better!
To make sure I could see any flaws as I went, I used my food blogging studio lights.
I also made sure the carpet was covered with sheets as it does get a little messy, but not as messy as the plastering earlier before we had new carpets fitted.
Once I’d finished my plastering and knowing I could sand any slight imperfections later, I left to dry.
Note it’s very easy to chase smoothing over sections. But I found the firmer I was with vinyl smoother, the smoother the finish.
This really was the best I’ve probably ever plastered, so will not be looking back from now on. For a whole wall, it will probably be more difficult, but I bet I’ve give it a go. I’ve heard it’s very difficult though.
It was also incredibly easy gently sand down too. I just used a medium to fine Wickes hand sponge sander and I couldn’t be happier.
Please don’t think plastering is difficult. It’s quite fun and have found the more I do it, the better I’m getting.
And spending just that little bit more on ready mix skim, I’ve still saved me money and it’s now ready to paint!
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