Buying plastering tools shouldn’t be difficult. There’s a huge range of tools available and, because plastering is a low-tech trade, they’re not as expensive as buying power tools. However, whether you’re buying plastering tools for DIY or as you set up as an independent tradesman, here are some useful tips to buying the tools that are right for you.
Less Is More
Don’t be tempted to buy an all-in-one kit, as this may contain tools that you never, or rarely, use. When buying plastering tools, it’s better to focus on buying a few key pieces of the best quality you can afford and add speciality trowels into the mix later as you need them.
What’s Your Skill Level?
This will determine the kinds of tools you need and your budget for them. If you’re a keen DIYer, then you won’t need the biggest and the brightest plastering tools available. You’ll need a mid-size plastering trowel of decent quality for occasional use. If you’re a skilled DIYer or professional, then you’ll know that the best trowels are pre-honed and therefore more expensive. You’ll also have a much clearer idea of the size of trowel you’ll need.
What Do You Need to Get the Job Done?
A plastering professional will have a basic kit of a plastering trowel, hawk and bucket trowel, and these essential pieces of kit will help a DIYer get any basic job done. But will you need a cornering trowel to make a neat job of those angles? Are there other specialist trowels you must have to get the job done, and how often will you use them? How frequently you’ll use a tool will help to decide whether you need a durable top-of-the-range tool or something more generic that gets the job done.
Do You Need to Buy the Best?
Again, the answer will depend on your skill level and the project you’re undertaking. The more skilled you are, the more you’ll be willing to invest in your plastering tools. If you’re a professional, then you’ll already have a preferred brand and know what works well for you, and when and where to invest your budget. You need to determine which price range of tools is right for your project and your ongoing needs.
Ask for Recommendations
Don’t be afraid to ask around. Generally, when someone finds a really good tool, they’re happy to share that information. Of course, what works for one person may not work for you, so always ask to test out a new piece of equipment if possible. Another good source of information can be online reviews, especially video reviews where you can see a trowel being used. If a certain brand keeps being mentioned positively over and over, it’s a safe bet that they produce plastering tools that are worth investing in.
Buy from a Reputable Retailer
Yes, you can pop to the local DIY superstore and pick up your plastering tools, but you may find the range isn’t extensive or that … Read More