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Post by JimmyW » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:31 am

Hello, i am young and i am looking for a job to learn and earn with not too much heavy liftings
Do you think plastering is for me?
How much time i need to be considered experienced?
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Post by ayjay » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:44 am

Why do you want to avoid heavy lifting?

Do you have a back problem?

It could be that the building trade is not for you.
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Post by JimmyW » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:57 am

I am skinny, and not too tall, handling 10-15 kg is not a problem but.
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Post by Dave54 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:59 am

I think you'll find that most work in the building trade is hard work.
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Post by ayjay » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:02 pm

JimmyW wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:57 am
I am skinny, and not too tall, handling 10-15 kg is not a problem but.
H & S now decrees that no-one should lift more than 25 kg, that will be applied more strictly on larger sites, but I can't say that it happens that often in real life on smaller sites.

You'll get fitter and stronger with regular physical work. Most of the older plasterers that I've met suffer with lower back, wrist and shoulder problems.

I've hung doors (on my own, for a large company) which weighed over 60kg, (and a couple of lead lined ones that we never even got off the floor - they were rolled on bits of tubing and eased up with crowbars). I'm retired now, but the very last job I did was a large roof, once the roof was on we had to construct some oak trusses inside, most of the components for those weighed over 100kg, but some were nearer 200kg - there was just two of us manhandling those.
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Post by London mike 61 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:50 pm

My advice would be to watch a few good videos on YouTube such as Plastering force ( absolutely LOADS of really good tutorials) or Plastering for beginners, they both have a variety of uploads that are user friendly. That will give you a fair idea whether it is within your skill set and what you would need to lay out for tools etc to do the job.
The other thing is join the plasterers forum and get the lowdown on the type of work etc that’s about and the ups and downs of the trade.

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Post by wine~o » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:43 am

and if you are looking for an easy to follow fitness regime that will help strengthen your muscles I can recommend the 5BX plan. Google it.
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Post by Bob225 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:57 am

In a word No, you will spend years just mixing what is back breaking work - you rarely see older plasterers as they have joint problems/arthritis (years of day in day out, working in wet/damp conditions)

Its one of the trades you only get with years of experience to become proficient in
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Post by elenagilbert » Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:08 am

If you have a problem with heavy lifting. In my opinion, you should follow or do the things that you feel is right for you. You can search about it and can also watch some videos for the same.
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Post by dewaltdisney » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:19 am

Train as a sparks, being thin means you can get under floors and into awkward places where others cannot get :wink: Seriously though, plastering is a job that is tough on your body, especially your neck, shoulder and arm. Good plasterers are hard to find these days, like many traditional trades, and the best guys make the best money. I think you need to think this through a bit more.

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Post by London mike 61 » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:22 pm

Another trade to consider is a locksmith, a mate I used to work with had a pal that was a estate agent and he got a lot of work from landlords doing repositions, lock changes,getting into jammed locks and replacing multipoint locks. It’s a very interesting occupation and no physical work.

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