Terminology Used in Plastering
Skimming
If you want a wall or ceiling without any lumps, bumps, or cracks in it, then this is what you need to do. We apply two coats of skim coat plaster which we work to get a smooth surface ready for painting. This method takes more knocks and scrapes than Taping and Jointing (see below)
Bonding / Hardwall
Used for plastering over brick and block work and filling holes and large gaps to get a level surface before the skimming is carried out.
Smoothing Artex
This is the method most frequently used for getting rid of Artex or textured surfaces. It is basically the same as Skimming but is a bit more involved. (Some textured substances contains Asbestos, usually pre 1990, and may need to be tested before skimming can take place - advice available on request).
Plasterboarding / Dry Lining
Tacking is the fixing of plasterboard onto wooden or metal studs and joists.
Dot and Dabbing is fixing the plasterboard to brick or blockwork using a special adhesive.
Taping and Jointing
An alternative to plaster skimming, this is usually cheaper for big runs of work. Although it is not as tough as a plastered wall, you can complete the job quicker and with less manpower. Most new homes are built using this method.
Stud Work
The use of wood or metal to form walls ready to receive plasterboard.
Artex
The use of a plasterlike substance to create textured patterns usually found on ceilings and sometimes walls.
Coving
The use of a moulding to put around the edge of a room where the wall meets the ceiling, usually made out of Gyproc and comes in a few sizes, 100mm, 127mm and a sculptured "S shape" 135mm.
Cornice
The same use as coving but made out of sturdier plaster with wood and hessien strengtheners. These come in a vast array of sizes and styles from the plain through to the highly decorative.