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Here some DIY tips and information about plaster and plastering that a home handyman will find useful.
The first coat of plaster on a wall is called the backing coat.
Plaster is a mixture of lime, cement, sand and water with a strengthening agent used to cover walls and ceilings.
Plasterboard is made from sheets of plaster sandwiched between paper. Plasterboard is used to surface walls and partitions.
Rendering is the first application of a mix such as plaster onto a brick wall.
Stucco - External plastering, often moulded and painted to appear like stone.
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.