After installing that lovely plaster on the wall, many people find it very difficult to work on it. Because the smooth appearance is expected to last for a long time, trying to drive nails or hitting the surface with a hammer will result to breaking away of large parts and the entire plaster can start peeling off. Once the plastering of the wall has been completed, it is advisable to get advice from the expert on great methods of working on it.
One thing that a worker or house owner should understand is that it takes a lot of effort to get the ideal smooth looking image on the four walls. In some cases, the plasterer might have been used to cover crevices and even joints between wooden sections. To effectively work on such plastered walls without damaging them, here are some helpful tips that can be used.
a) Simplistic tasks such as fixing hooks to hand clothes, frames, or even wallpapers can easily lead to breaking away of large sections of the plaster. If one tries to use a hammer to drive a nail through, a large section of plaster will easily come out. The remaining part of the plaster could start peeling and have a very ugly outlook. It is advisable to use a masking tape on a large section where you are going to work on to avoid chippings the nail is driven into the wall by a plasterer using a hammer. After the nail has been driven to the intended depth, the tape can be removed.
b) To avoid damaging the entire section of the wall, it is commendable to use a drill to sink a pilot hole. Remember that the hole does not have to go very deep. Once it has penetrated the top player layer, the nail can then be sunk without damaging the plastered part. However, it is important to ensure that the nail is carefully held in position until it is driven to the anticipated depth.
c) When sinking screws, never use the drywall type in the plaster to assist in holding anything. Even if the plaster might be appearing like it is generally holding the entire plastered section in position, once a weak spot has been reached, chances are that a weak spot will be reached and a large area will tear away damaging a huge section of the plaster. Therefore, always make sure that the screw is driven through the plaster far inside into the wall stud.
d) Never use standard stud searchers on plastered walls. The best option is getting sensors that will direct screws to the right position. Because plaster consists of good harmonics, the hollows in the stud will be easily identified by raping. There are other servces like screw piling which can help in residential construction.
The general rule when working on plastered surfaces is being extremely careful. If you cannot work without damaging the surface, then, do not risk the exercise, simply look for an expert to assist you. This will leave the texture coating wall to remain smooth and lovely even after nailing drilling or other works have been completed.