Damaged plasterboards, Dads, Kevins and Crocodiles!!!!!!
I'm sure it must happen everyday somewhere in the country....a wall or ceiling gets damaged. A door gets opened aggressively and the door knob smashes through the wall behind...the door stop didn't quite do its job properly!! Or some dipstick (Dad!!) went in the loft and put their foot through the ceiling below..this is more common than you may think. And yes, I'm an offender in that department of not only being a dipstick but also a Dad. Perhaps your careless teenager of a son has kicked the wall in a massive strop only to realise that Doctor Marten's really do take no prisoners!! Whether it be a hole created or a crack appearing usually it gets left for some time and becomes an everyday annoyance that you see every time you open that door or every time you come down the stairs. It's never somewhere concealed where you won't see it on a daily basis and you can just forget about it. It's going to bug you until you get it sorted. However, today you've decided that it's time.
This post is going to do 2 things. One of these things is NOT, how to remove the stroppiness that is built in to the DNA of a teenager. This is entirely impossible to, not only remove, but is also completely irreversible once the process begins.
Enjoy the character building that comes with this and occasionally tip toe around to avoid unnecessary confrontation!! Nor is this post going to deal with the stupidity that comes with stomping around the loft aimlessly in the dark.
What this post is firstly going to do is to briefly explain the way in which this damage can be repaired, how long it should take and how much you should be prepared to pay. Please, if you have no experience with DIY this event is not for you and you should consider using a plasterer. Its not a big job and shouldn't cost the earth. However if you do want to give it a go then you can check out my video that will show you how. The video shows one method how plaster board can be repaired without having to re-plaster the entire wall. There are other methods that I will attempt to explain here. Different types of walls for different types of repair.
So, it's going to take a plasterer approximately 3 hours max to repair the damage..3 hours to me amounts to a half day period of time, however, don't be surprised if this equates to a days money in the world of a plasterers weekly arrangements. It's a slightly more expensive job to you for the penalty of not having supplied a full days work. Your plasterer is going to get the afternoon off!! It's time to look around the house and find some other small plastering jobs you might need doing in order to get a bit more value for money..it's either that or your plasterer gets the rest of the day off. This gives a plasterer the opportunity to earn 2 days money in one day if he/she can find 2 repairs to fit into one day!! Plastering costs can vary widely depending on area..Plastering in the North can be as cheap as £120 per day not including materials and if you live in London then stand by....anywhere up to £350 per day.
Materials for this job are minimal so expect to get them included in the day rate. If the plasterer is good enough to offer you the job at half a day rate plus materials which should be no more than £20 anywhere in the country then bite his arm off!! Always get 3 quotes and only ever use a recommended plasterer, either via a friend referral or via a reputable trade checking website. Blanket message your friends on social media these days and await the bombardment of 'my plasterer is better than your plasterer'!!
So the job is as easy as this:
A square piece of plasterboard that is big enough to cover the area that is damaged is cut to size.
This piece of plasterboard is placed over the area and drawn around.
This area of wall is cut away using a plasterboard saw.
Wooden battens are fixed across the back of the plasterboard hole that has been created.
The new piece of board is attached to the battens.
The new board is skimmed in to the wall hopefully leaving a seamless finish.
With a bit of clever fiddling about with a trowel and a sponge the finish should be seamless requiring little more than a tickle with sand paper, a mist coat of paint to seal the plaster and a couple of coats to finish with preferably the same colour as the rest of the wall.