Plaster should be mixed using equal amounts of plaster to water, taking time to mix until a smooth consistency is achieved.
Plastering is physically demanding, it requires long periods of standing, lifting, bending and overhead reaching.
A highly specialised form of plastering called Venetian Polished Plaster has rapidly grown in popularity.
Plastering is largely a matter of confidence and you may prefer to start in a low-pressure environment first before hitting your own walls for the first time.
No plastering should be done in frosty weather. In cold weather plaster hardens slowly and a longer period of time between coats should be allowed.
This is the most important coat and this coat of plaster is called a skim. Skimming requires practice, so go about it slowly and follow instructions carefully.
There are many different types of plaster, the two main ones being gypsum based and cement based.
It's advisable to always have a clean bucket of water to hand to wash your tools and buckets.
Doing your own skimming instead of hiring a plasterer, can and will save you a lot of cash so its well worth the time and effort invested in learning how to do the job right.
Always turn off your mains power when plastering anywhere near any electrical socket, switch, light fitting or appliance.