Oldest plasterer

Nicm

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What age is the oldest plasterer you know?.I know one man he's 62 and most young lads would'nt lace his boots.Great man with sand and cement whistling away to himself all day.
 

Heritage Plasters

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I work regularly with a guy who is 63. Still keeps up with guys 1/2 his age easily. I used to work with a guy who was 84 at the time and still running stilts. I think he's 86 now and still at it last I heard. Something about plaster dust keeps em young. This is the only trade I know of that has old timers regularly working circles around the kids.
 

Rossi46

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I still work with my old boss and he's 79. He's jacking in now though his dog suddenly died and it's knocked him quite badly. He was fit as a fiddle but he's had a bladder infection now too and overnight he's turned into a really old man. Bloody shame. He's a Legend in my eyes.
 

duke163

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I still work with my old boss and he's 79. He's jacking in now though his dog suddenly died and it's knocked him quite badly. He was fit as a fiddle but he's had a bladder infection now too and overnight he's turned into a really old man. Bloody shame. He's a Legend in my eyes.
We all consider our man a legend , He would still put most spreads to shame with 3 quality hits a day if he had to ! He doesnt even need to work just doesn't want to stop.
 

Cornelius

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The oldest guy I've worked with recently was 58 and he was completely wrecked he looked like a tramp with a hawk and trowel apparently he had been plastering since he was 14 but he was terrible his skimming was a mess and he didn't do much better with rendering either, he clearly lost interest in the trade. The other guy who has since died was 68 a really likeable Irish chap who enjoyed a Guinness after work very skilled tradesmen at 68 he made float and set look effortless like it was second nature. Mainly young idiots I meet now, full time pot heads part time plasterers.
 

Natwasere

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The oldest guy I've worked with recently was 58 and he was completely wrecked he looked like a tramp with a hawk and trowel apparently he had been plastering since he was 14 but he was terrible his skimming was a mess and he didn't do much better with rendering either, he clearly lost interest in the trade. The other guy who has since died was 68 a really likeable Irish chap who enjoyed a Guinness after work very skilled tradesmen at 68 he made float and set look effortless like it was second nature. Mainly young idiots I meet now, full time pot heads part time plasterers.
Makes a change from the piss heads lol, must say something about the trade if most people in it don't have a clear head.
 

owls

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I'm on a new build site at the moment, and it's like dad's army.
There's a roofer in his 7os plumber whose 68 a pair of spreads inside who are both in there 50s, I'm referred to as the 'lad' even though I'm 35 :nocausagracia:.
 
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imago

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I'm on a new build site at the moment, and it's like dad's army.
There's a roofer in his 7os plumber whose 68 a pair of spreads inside who are both quite young, I'm referred to as the 'lad' even though I'm 35 :nocausagracia:.
I fixed that typo for you. (y)
 

Marshy

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I still work with my old boss and he's 79. He's jacking in now though his dog suddenly died and it's knocked him quite badly. He was fit as a fiddle but he's had a bladder infection now too and overnight he's turned into a really old man. Bloody shame. He's a Legend in my eyes.
A dog is a member of the family and not surprised it hit him hard. My old staffie passing in March along with other stuff f**k*d me up big time. I hope he is ok mate he's better off getting another dog asap rescues full of them an older one best i'd say. It's not being insensitive it's what works trust me
 

Marshy

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For the record I'm only 45 a young pup on this thread been spreading 30 years still enjoy the job just customers piss me off. Not all but getting very grumpy and more grey or white hairs too
 
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imago

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..... not for a long time yet mind.:rolleyes:
See, that's what we all thought and said. I'm 50 now, and by my reckoning I was 25 about 5 years ago because there is no fcuking way 25 years have gone by. That would mean I am now the old bloke who was always telling me 'slow down or you'll regret it in later years". :LOL: :( :cry:
 

Marshy

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Like anything or any job it affects us all in different ways I'm getting tired now and ache more than I ever did but going to train to get fitter rather than give up but must admit I will need a plan B sooner rather than later
 

Nicm

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Like anything or any job it affects us all in different ways I'm getting tired now and ache more than I ever did but going to train to get fitter rather than give up but must admit I will need a plan B sooner rather than later
I know a good brick/blocklayer who works flat out,he's out running and cycling most evenings.I asked him where does he get the energy to do it after working hard all day.He reckons the exercise gives him the energy and stamina to do it.
 

Rossi46

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Like anything or any job it affects us all in different ways I'm getting tired now and ache more than I ever did but going to train to get fitter rather than give up but must admit I will need a plan B sooner rather than later
Old school plasterers had dedicated labourers doing all the mixing, lifting, cleaning. I think that's how they kept going so long. Our generation do a lot more in terms of all round graft so we're going f**k*d earlier. IMO.
 

puddove

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For the record I'm only 45 a young pup on this thread been spreading 30 years still enjoy the job just customers piss me off. Not all but getting very grumpy and more grey or white hairs too
you old fecker --- marshy :inocente::lol:
 

malc

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Old school plasterers had dedicated labourers doing all the mixing, lifting, cleaning. I think that's how they kept going so long. Our generation do a lot more in terms of all round graft so we're going f**k*d earlier. IMO.
there is very little floating now so you don't need a labourer, just to mix up set. floating was one the best paid areas of plastering. there are pumps now for screed and render so a lot less graft !
 

Cornelius

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I know a good brick/blocklayer who works flat out,he's out running and cycling most evenings.I asked him where does he get the energy to do it after working hard all day.He reckons the exercise gives him the energy and stamina to do it.
I'm at the gym 3-4 times a week now it's true the exercise gives you energy, when I don't train I feel lethargic but I'm full of beans when I'm hitting the gym. Got to have adequate rest though otherwise just burn out
 

Danny

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I'm at the gym 3-4 times a week now it's true the exercise gives you energy, when I don't train I feel lethargic but I'm full of beans when I'm hitting the gym. Got to have adequate rest though otherwise just burn out
Very true
 
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