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  1. Installing Drywall / Plasterboard: Know the Basics

    Installing drywall or plasterboard is a common task for homeowners and professionals alike. Whether you're finishing a basement, renovating a room, or building a new home, drywall installation is a necessary step in the process. However, installing drywall can be a challenging task, especially if you're new to the process.

    A worker measures, cuts, and installs drywall sheets with precision. They apply joint compound, tape, and sand to create a smooth finish

    To ensure that your drywall installation goes smoothly and looks professional, it's important to follow a few key steps. This guide will take you through the process of installing drywall, from measuring and cutting the boards to finishing and sanding the joints. By following these steps, you'll be able to achieve a smooth, seamless finish that looks like it was done by a professional.

    Before starting the installation

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  2. Plastering Trowels: Essential Tools for Professional Finishes

    The plastering trowel has long been a fundamental implement in the craft of plasterwork, traditionally serving 3 purposes: to apply, smooth, and perfect the plaster. Now, with a burgeoning array of trowel types entering the market, professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike are faced with the challenge of selecting the proper tool from an ever-growing arsenal; from trowels boasting flexible blades to those fashioned from synthetic materials, even extending to tools finished with a gold-like sheen, choosing the right trowels can be a bewildering process for the DIY enthusiast or for those new to the trade!

    Ragni Plastering Trowels

    It’s crucial to discern the true utility of these tools a

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  3. Choosing the Right Type of Plastering Trowel for Your Project

    When it comes to plastering, choosing the right type of trowel for your project is crucial. The plastering trowel is the primary tool used to apply and shape plaster, so selecting the right one can make a significant difference in the outcome of your project. With so many different types of plastering trowels available, it can be challenging to know which one to choose.

    A hand reaches for a variety of plastering trowels on a shelf, with different sizes and shapes displayed

    The first thing to consider when selecting a plastering trowel is the size and shape of the blade. The size of the blade will depend on the size of the area you are plastering. A larger blade is ideal for larger areas, while a smaller blade is better suited for smaller, more intricate areas. The shape of the blade can also vary, with some trowels having a pointed end for precise work, while

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  4. Essential Plastering Tools for the DIY Enthusiast: An Overview

    For those inclined towards do-it-yourself projects, possessing the right plastering tools is key to achieving a professional finish. Whether one is patching up a small area or covering an entire room, the outcome heavily relies on using the correct equipment. From mixing to application, each tool plays a critical role in the process.

    A trowel, hawk, and joint knife lay on a table, surrounded by buckets of plaster and a mixing paddle. A ladder and drop cloth complete the scene

    One essential tool for any DIY plasterer is the plasterer's hawk, a flat plate with a handle used to hold and carry plaster as it’s applied. Another is a reliable trowel, indispensable for the smooth application of plaster onto the surface. For mixing plaster to the right consistency, a m

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  5. Top Causes Of Drywall Damage

    Drywall damage isn't as uncommon as it may seem, and can happen for many reasons. If you are a property surveyor, building manager or letting agent you will be all to familiar with the common issues that arise. However, Drywall is a low maintenance surface, so luckily it is easy to replace or repair. We're sharing some of the ways drywall can become damaged.

    PLUMBING LEAKS

    A common cause of drywall damage is plumbing leaks, and depending on how fast you catch your leak, depends on the severity of the damage caused to your drywall and the possible costs of commercial cleaning and potential repairs

    If you notice a bulge in your drywall, immediately inspect

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  6. NEW TO DWT: EAZYMIX COMPOUNDS

    Eazymix is the latest brand to join the wide range of brands we have available at Drywall Tools Direct.

    Eazymix Ltd. develop and manufacture chemical additives for gypsum plaster. Eazymix was established by a trade plasterer with a mission to make plastering projects more efficient and cost effective. Eazymix's products tailor the setting profile of finishing plasters for specific needs; speeding it up for small jobs and slowing it down for larger, trickier areas. The products have been approved by trade associations, trade press and more importantly trade plasterers.

    Here are some of our top picks from the Eazymix range available from Drywall Tools Direct.

    Eazymix Extratime Plaster Retarder

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  7. Upgrade Your Toolkit In 2021 With Drywall Tools Direct

    Upgrading your tools has never been easier with Drywall Tools Direct. We are always adding new brands and tools to our ever growing catalogue, making sure we offer the very best price available for our customers.

    You can also spread the cost of your tools, as we have teamed up with DEKO Financing to give you more affordable finance options allowing you to spread the cost of your new kit over a period of time of your choice.

    We're sharing some of our must haves for upgrading your tool kit in 2021...

    Flex Giraffe Sander With Interchangeable Head System GE 7

    The latest generation of Flex Giraffe wall and ceiling sanders.The GE 7

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  8. Lockdown 3: What Does It Mean For Construction Workers?

    The manufacturing and construction industry are being closely looked at again after the UK was plunged into another lockdown at the beginning of this week.

    The Prime Minister announced we would be in a lockdown until further notice, that is looking at staying in place until March 2021, to give better opportunity to mass vaccinate those who need it and slow the spread that has now overtaken numbers of deaths per day that we were seeing last year.

    Although, as usual, construction, tradesmen and manufacturing industry continues to be open for business, due to the inability to work from home and providing essential work across the UK.

    Since construction and similar industries within that sector have been categorised as key workers, it is important to know what exactly is expected from you and what you can expect from working throughout the pandemic.

    The government has revised, reviewed and reposted the safety

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  9. Our Favourite Arrow Compound Products At DWT

    At Drywall Tools Direct we are proud to stock some of the biggest brands in the business, and we carefully select the highest quality tools and accessories to supply our customers with only the best. Arrow Compounds are no exception when it comes to high quality products and we have been upping our compound game, by adding more of their amazing products to our website. We're sharing some of our favourite products from our current Arrow range at Drywall Tools Direct.

    Arrow-Lite Joint Cement Plus

    A lightweight air-drying, dual purpose, easy mixing, low shrinkage compound for bedding tapes and finishing joints. Allows complete jointing operations by either hand or machine application. Can be used for bedding,

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  10. Should You Hire A Drywall Subcontractor or Contractor?

    Hiring a professional for drywall repairs or general construction projects both commercial and domestic can be a difficult decision. You want to make sure that you are hiring the right people for the job that you can fully trust to provide the best quality service available and at the right price. We are taking a closer look at the roles of subcontractors and contractors in the construction industry to help you with making your decision.

    What is a sub-contractor?

    Sub contractors work with contractors to match the right project with the right team. Sub contractors will negotiate potential contracts to ensure that the right project is fitted to a team that specialises in the particular area you are looking to hire for.

    Sub contractors are usually self employed and work on putting together smaller, domestic projects that need completing versus large scale construction. Usually they would be most useful for find specialists in niche projects.

    What is a contractor?

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