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GET PLASTERED.

There's always some little job that needs doing around the house and this month we reckon it's time to smooth out lumpy walls...

HANDY TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED

l Make sure the surface area is dust-free.

l Use a PVA adhesive and water mix to help the plaster bond to the walls.

l Add the plaster to the water, mixing until the consistency is like melted ice cream. Experts recommend a paddle mixer.

l Plaster can set quickly, so only mix an amount you can use immediately.

l Don't add new plaster to an older mix and don't add water to the plaster to try to make it more workable.

l It's a weekend job so don't rush it. Visit www.channel4.com/4homes/how-to/diy/how-to-plaster-a-wall for more info.

Here are our six of the best tools you will need for plastering and finishing:

9 ROLLER AND TRAY SET

Once the walls are dry, you'll need the gear to paint them. PS2.49

EMULSION PAINT

(5 litres) Finish off with a coat of Pure Brilliant White - made for walls and ceilings. PS9.99

ELECTRIC PADDLE MIXER

It comes with a three-year warranty and can be used to mix paint, paste, Artex and mortar, as well as plaster. PS39.99

PLASTERING TROWEL

Use for a smooth finish. PS4.99

PLASTERER'S HAWK

Has a comfort grip handle and is the perfect plasterer's mate as it holds the plaster steady. PS6.99

PLASTERING FLOAT, This is ideal for rendering or base coats as the finish is slightly rougher than the trowel. PS4.99

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Date:Sep 27, 2012
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