Best plasterer's tools
1. Pointing trowel
A plasterer uses a pointing trowel for trimming small areas that needed extra attention. They are typically between 5-6 inches (12-15cm) in length.
2. Window trowel
When unable to use a larger trowel, a plasterer would reach for his window trowel. It has a smaller face which provides you with better control when plastering in tight spaces.
3. Corner trowels (internal and external)
Corner trowels allow you finish the internal and external corners of a surface with accuracy and ease.
4. Finishing trowel
The finishing trowel is the plasterer's bread and custard. A wide, flat, rectangular blade allows you to spread, smooth and level your plaster. You will be using this tool a lot, so invest in a good quality one with a comfortable grip. Top quality trowels are not welded through and are slightly convexed.
5. Hand-board (hawk)
A hawk is a simple portable surface which provides you with a flat plate on which to store a small amount of plaster material for ease of application to walls and ceilings.
6. Straight edge
A straight edge is used to even off rendered floors and can cover a large area in a short time.
A bucket has multiple uses and applications. You'll want at least a 10 litre bucket depending on your needs but this size would be suitable for most general purpose jobs. Ensure your bucket is clean and dry before mixing in it.
8. Retractable trimming knife
This pocket-sized perforator can cut through string, wire and even plasterboard. Its retractable blades are cheap and easy to replace.
9. Tin snips
Tin snips are a type of shears used for snipping sheet metal. Their long handles provide higher leverage and certain models have a compound-action handle which increases the mechanical advantage. A plasterer will want a decent pair of these for trimming up beading.
10. Plasterer's mixing bath
A big bath used for mixing large amounts of plaster.
11. Spirit level
A spirit level is absolutely essential if you want to have flat surfaces and even finishes.
Having a decent set of brushes in your arsenal never hurt anyone, and you will need them for keeping your freshly plastered walls damp. Keep them clean and free from rust, otherwise you may end up with streaky walls.
13. Scraper (long and short)
Scrapers are extremely versatile tools and are often used in plastering projects to remove old plaster, wallpaper and artex. Having a long-reach scraper is a must for reaching those high ceilings.
14. Texture brush artex
A texturing brush is simply used to add texture to a coated ceiling.
15. Cordless combi drill
A cordless combi drill is a handy power tool that can drill as well as drive. Its cordless, rechargeable battery allows you to use it wherever you like.
16. Mortar stand
A mortar stand is a simple foldable table on which plaster material or grout can be stored for ease of access when plastering.
17. Drywall saw
A drywall saw's rugged blade can cut through plasterboard with ease and its razor sharp point is ideal for puncturing drywall, giving you quick access to wall cavities.
The plastering float is another very important tool that every plasterer needs to own. They are typically used to smooth rendering on the surface of a wall or ceiling.
It's always useful to have a sponge at hand so that you can clean down your tools and mortar stand after dirty day's work.
20. Jointing knife/taping knife
Jointing knives are designed for the laying of drywall tape. They help to seal the joints between boards and provide a seamless finish. All plasterers need a couple of these at hand, preferrably a large taping knife and a smaller jointing knife for those cramped spaces.
21. Step ladder
A step ladder is thoroughly handy in nearly any situation and if you purchase a good quality one they can be both lightweight and durable. The most useful size is 1.5 metres (5 feet) because it will provide you with the reach you need for ceiling work without being too bulky. It can be easily folded up and stored away.
22. Hack saw
All plasterers should have a hack saw if only because they are so useful. They can cut through drywall, plastic, wood, metal and much more.
23. Claw hammer
A claw hammer is a standard piece equipment for any worker. The blunt end is for driving and the claw end is for prying. A good quality one will last you a lifetime.
24. Dust sheet
A dust sheet is important for keeping a clean and tidy working environment. Show your customers how diligent you are by not covering their treasured possessions in plaster.
25. Mixing paddle
A mixing paddle is used in combination with your mixer drill for mixing up plaster to your desired consistency.
26. Mixer drill
A mixer drill is a robust drill with high levels of torque for use with a mixing paddle.
The scarifier is an important tool for a plasterer because it allows them to prepare the second coat on a rendered wall or ceiling by scratching or combing lines into the render, this will create a stronger bond when the next layer is applied.
28. Plasterer's hop-up
A plasterer's hop-up is a simple foldable step that gives you extra reach when you need it most. A useful tool that may save you having to set up scaffolding or wearing stilts.