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Are Quick Plastering Courses Worth It?

Discussion in 'Plastering Courses And Plastering Training Schools' started by Dean Rosco, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Mouldyoldspudgun

    Mouldyoldspudgun Well-Known Member

    Yes I hear bandaid are good or you could try elastoplast
  2. Wazza

    Wazza Member

    Sign on u be better off lol
  3. rich1983

    rich1983 Member

    I did a three week course with Silver Trowel in Portsmouth. It was suppose to be two weeks setting (with a day of boarding) and a week floating. I was pretty s**t... So they let me spend three weeks skimming and said I could go back for the floating at no charge which I did later.

    This is all from an IT background as I wanted a change. Through these forums I found work as a labourer and that is really where I started learning. I'm lucky that I'm about four months into said labouring and really enjoying it. The chap I work for is teaching me plenty and I don't doubt that I could do some small work on my own now.

    I'd say that a short course will let you know if you like it or not, and you should be able to knock up and keep gear on your hawk but I totally made a mess plastering my own kitchen when I finished the course as you never do much meterage and thus think you've got aged to flatten etc!

    Good luck OP and be prepared to pester local, and then potentially distant spreads to get some labouring work so you get the hang of knocking up a good gauge at the right consistency, and as importantly the right amount for the job!

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  4. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    hows retirement treating you @kebab king must get out on the bikes again soon :D
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  5. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    If you want to do a short course then there is no better in the UK than gold trowel... NOt going to delve to much into it as over the 12 years TPF has been going it has been done to death...

    Everyone is out to make money and should never be ashamed of making money :D
  6. Nicm

    Nicm Well-Known Member

    Can anyone tell me what’s said to lads doing these courses?.Do they tell them it’s a basic introductory course or a license to print money?.
  7. kebab king

    kebab king Private Member

    Funny. I’m working as much as before.
  8. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    Most of the lads appreciate that they wont be plasterers...
  9. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    good man :D
  10. mch

    mch New Member

    tricky one as courses can be a good start but they often end with people thinking they can plasterer and getting on a job and then being told ' get on the mixer ' ....it happened to me 25 years ago after a tops course :)....anythings worth a go but i dont think paying crazy £ is just to learn how to pick up a hawk of plaster or something.Best way was always as a labourer improver i think.
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  11. mch

    mch New Member

    will say down here in cornwall a mate did a course on weekends and by all accounts the teacher was bragging how they could all earn xxxxx amounts and there was work all over the place down here and i dont know what fking planet the course tutor was on but got the impression he was trying to keep himself in a job .I think these courses often talk s**t up way to much .
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  12. Mouldyoldspudgun

    Mouldyoldspudgun Well-Known Member

    I think they are s**t
  13. essexandy

    essexandy Private Member

    Oi it's polite to ask before just looking around my work!
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  14. Mouldyoldspudgun

    Mouldyoldspudgun Well-Known Member

    What a cheeky sod he sounds the type to put a straight edge on your walls when you have gone home
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  15. essexandy

    essexandy Private Member

    I used to do it to guys right in front of them.
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  16. Mouldyoldspudgun

    Mouldyoldspudgun Well-Known Member

    Did you catch any out? Their little faces must have been a picture
  17. Simon85

    Simon85 Well-Known Member

    My boss does it. Also goes around with portable lights across the skim when the notion takes him. Lol
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  18. kebab king

    kebab king Private Member

    Dont work for such a Cant then
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  19. John j

    John j Well-Known Member

    Think I need to work on me presentation . When i have to price a job I just walk in give a price . Should really take a diary and a tape lol
  20. JessThePlasterer

    JessThePlasterer Well-Known Member

    Do you not email a quote? You're f**k*d if you work for a nobhead that doesn't want to pay if you don't have a proper quotation
  21. John j

    John j Well-Known Member

    No just rock up . Work for same builders who allways been sound with me . Very rarely price anyway. What' a email lol
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  22. Stevieo

    Stevieo Well-Known Member

    Yep. Come to job, measure, scratch head, frown. If plaster is blown, stick hammer through it and make customer jump. Rub dust between your fingers and frown.

    Jot some stuff down. Give customer estimate which is really a quote with a promise of an exact quote by email.

    Pretend to check diary in van. Flip pages, frown. Scratch head. Tell customer you are very busy (remember not to tell them that you are busy driving a truck) but hate to turn work away, so will do weekend.

    Pretend to check something at builders merchants and send customer quote which is really your estimate plus about £13.

    Happy days.
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  23. John j

    John j Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't have a hammer lol. I bet I only went and priced 5 to 10 jobs last year. . Someone came to door and wife was shocked and asked if I talk to all me customers like that lol good job I keep busy with builders i guess lol
  24. kebab king

    kebab king Private Member

    Actually, yes, most of my work is months after i looked at it, how can you give a date, or remember how much you quoted, what materials to buy.
  25. kebab king

    kebab king Private Member

    So, you just work from day to day, lol. Think im getting the picture hear.
  26. rhysp

    rhysp New Member

    They are a waste of money. I went on a 3 month course years ago at Peterlee, cost £2800. Got a job as a plasterer’s labourer because I knew realistically I couldn’t charge a customer for the work I was producing. Learnt more labouring than on the course and practiced on the walls in my garage when I had the time.

    I would just ask a plasterer if you can labour for him for free when you have the time and practice at home. Then take on jobs for family and friends where you can take your time.
  27. John j

    John j Well-Known Member

    I tend to work for same 5 builders . And seem to roll round em . So I.m not all over place week from week . Dont really do a room here and there so its quiet easy to remember.
  28. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    Seen some courses advertised the other day tbh I don’t know if they are good but they had dewalt drills in the background
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  29. Danny

    Danny TPF OWNER

    who did you do the course with?

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