Because of the skill required in plastering it is not often carried out by the standard home owner.
Sometimes even if the plastering is done correctly, it gets cracks. In such cases the joint compound may hold too much water and then crack when it dries up.
The jab saw is a good and useful addition to the collection of Plastering Tools. Its blade is hard and tempered, making it durable. At the same time the handle consists of high impact plastic and the inserts are soft touch to give a comfortable and controlled grip.
The City Guilds has an entire training centre called Able Skills, where plastering is the main subject taught. There is a course to suit each person's needs, whether you are a beginner or coming in to learn some advanced technology of plastering.
Plastering can dramatically change the appearance of your walls. It will get rid of any dents or bumps that you have experienced whilst decorating in the past.
Any flecks of dried plaster in your buckets or on your equipment from previous sessions will later break off to contaminate future batches of plaster.
As you set about your next plastering job it's well worth cleaning the plasterboards first. Dust and dirt will create problems so a little time spent in preparation will pay dividends later.
Plastering cannot be improvised. You should not try and improve or simplify the processes of plastering demonstrated in your plastering course (at least until you are a true master of the trade).
Plastering is enjoying resurgence in popularity due to the introduction of new techniques and cheaper materials.
As soon as you have mixed the plaster you should empty it out of the bucket onto a wet board which should be lifted off the ground high enough to enable you to get your plaster onto your hand board (hawk) easily.