Plastering and Tanking: Basement and Cellar Conversions:
Covering: Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington & Hampton Areas.
Twickenham, St Margarets, Strawberry Hill, Whitton, Isleworth, Brentford, Kew, Syon Park,
Richmond, Petersham, Richmond Hill, Mortlake, Sheen, Barnes, Putney, Fulham, Chelsea, Fulwell,
Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick & Hampton.
Postcode Areas: TW1, TW2, TW3, TW4, TW7, TW8, TW9, TW10, TW11,
TW12, TW13, TW14, SW3, SW6, SW13, SW14, SW15, KT1 & KT2.
Phone or Text David on 07751 738 843.
Thank you for visiting:
Thank you for visiting my web site. I have over 30 years
experience as a builder, carpenter and plasterer specializing in damp
proofing, plastering, tanking and refurbishment of Victorian and Edwardian
properties in the Richmond, Twickenham, St Margarets, Teddington and Hampton
I am competitively priced.
And for you peace of mind your property is left clean and tidy.
Arrange an appointment:
Simply phone or text David on 07562 887808, to discuss
and arrange an appointment, to view your proposed works. Alternatively you can email me at
the above address. If you have damp issues, excluding basements and cellars please
try to enclose a photo. Many Thanks.
Please call me for free advice and to arrange an estimate
concerning your plastering requirements on 07751 738 843.
- Sand and Cement rendering.
- Lath and plaster repairs.
- Repairs to cracked plaster.
- Repairs to blistering plaster.
- Skimming over of artex.
- Removal of artex.
- Skimming of single walls.
- Skimming of complete room's.
- Tanking of Basements and Cellars.
Are you are thinking about stripping your wallpaper but concerned about the condition of the
plaster underneath the wallpaper. Do you have damp patches or blistering and cracked plaster.
Would you like a skim coat over your walls to provide a smooth finish for decoration.
My plastering services range from the repairing of small holes and cracks to sand and
cement rendering, to damp proofing and tanking for basements and cellars
to the skimming of single walls or a complete room.
Painting new plaster:
When the plaster is dry it should be primed with two mist or ghost coats;
of 50% matt emulsion mixed with 50% water.
Why do you have to prime new plaster:
A primer paint increase the adhesion
of paints painted onto the plaster, because the addition of water allows the
primer coats to soak into the plaster.
Undiluted water based paints simply stick to the surface of the plaster and
will have a tendency to blister as moisture evaporates from the
Allow the new plaster to breath:
The time taken for a newly plastered wall to dry is dependant
on many factors, such as temperature and ventilation, however until such
times; up to six months if damp proofing works were undertaken, only water
based emulsion paints should be used. Because they allow the wall to breath.
Use of PVA, Vinyl Silk and oil based paints on new plaster:
Do not use pva, vinyl silk or oil based paints, because they
will not allow the wall to breath. If you do you may observe paint or even
plaster blistering as the moisture in the plaster evaporates. If you have
had damp proofing works done please wait at least 6 months before using
vinyl silk paints. Avoid using pva or oil based paints, altogether.
Use of wallpaper on new plaster:
If you have just had a skim / finish coat it will generally
be dry within a few weeks to wallpaper, remembering to size, however if
you have had damp proofing works, wait at least 6 months even a year before
Plastering in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties:
Internal plaster in pre 1920's properties; Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, generally consists of a 2 coat
undercoat plaster which is
applied to the brickwork or wooden lathes, followed by a 2 coat skim coat to leave
a smooth surface for decoration.
Evaluate the age of your property.
The undercoat plaster:
Today there are 3 main types of undercoat plaster:
- Sand and Cement.
- Renovating Plaster.
- Bonding Plaster.
The undercoat plaster in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties was generally a sand and lime
mix with horse hair, used as a binding agent to give the plaster strength.
When this plaster is removed, the undercoat plaster should always be a 2 coat, 3:1 / 4:1,
sand and cement mixture or a renovating plaster; when plastering onto brickwork.
Bonding Undercoat Plaster:
Bonding undercoat plaster contains cork which gives the plaster
mix a light and airy texture. The cork within the mix absorbs moisture from
the mortar beds and brickwork of a solid walled Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian property,
where damp course provisions are subjective, and acts like a sponge holding the
absorbed moisture within the plaster, causing very high unexplained damp readings,
excessive black mould and very visible isolated damp patches, in some cases within
only a few weeks of re plastering been undertaken.
You can see from the images above, of the devastation in
poor Joe's kitchen Waldergrave Road, Teddington caused by plasterers using bonding plaster
as an undercoat plaster.
I have observed many plasterers cause considerable damp problems by using
bonding plaster as an undercoat plaster in pre 1920's properties. Whenever I meet a
plasterer, I try to explain why as a plasterer they should not be using bonding plaster,
it is one of my quests in life to educate plasterers.
History of plastering:
Plastering has been around
since we; as primitives, sought habitation.
Evidence of mud plastered onto sticks can been found in the dwellings
of primitive man and since Egyptian times: horse, ox, cow or
goat hair has been used as a binding medium to strengthen the mix. The use of horse hair, being found in most
Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian properties, in the Richmond,
Twickenham, St Margarets, Teddington and Hampton areas.
Damp Proofing Treatments:
Trying to evaluate and receive an honest opinion about the cause and treatment of your
damp issues can be a very confusing subject to homeowners.
Simply call David on 07562 887 808.
I will evaluate and explain your problems, and give you a guide about the associated costs.
- Damp patches on walls.
- Black Mould on walls.
- Rising Damp Treatments.
- Damp Proofing Treatments.
- Flood & Water Damage.
- Insurance Reports.
Further reading about your Damp problems:
To evaluate what is causing your damp issues have a look at my
Home Page where I have made a little table to
guide your evaluation.
You can also visit my ancillary pages concerning the cause of dampness in buildings:
Condensation and Black mould.
Also have a look at my article about
Damp Proof Courses and Treatments.
And an excellent unbiased article
from Wikipedia. about the cause of structural dampness in buildings.
Basement and Cellar Conversions: Tanking Services:
Tanking is simply plastering with a waterproof plaster, or applying a
waterproof membrane to the wall and floor, which can then be plastered over.
- Cement Tanking.
- Slurry Tanking.
- Cellar Conversions.
- Basement Conversions.
A tanking system is used in areas of a building where the retaining walls
of that area are below ground level, such as cellars and basements. Or the underneath area
of concrete or stone steps which usually have a tiled or asphalted covering.
The underneath area being where the basement area door is and or where the electric and
gas meters are. Such properties may now be converted into flats.
It can also refer to a tanking membrane for wet rooms and shower areas.