John Tolton Plastering Building Standards

All of our staff, including contract employees, are expected to meet the highest level of building practice standards, as set out below.

Drylining Standards

  • Solid dabs to pick up the nails for the window beads and corners and mark them with a pencil line so the plasterer clearly identify them
  • Solid dabs to be placed all around the window revels to seal from the outside wind
  • Solid dabs to be placed on the skirting line and internal "external walls"
  • No rubbish to be left behind walls or ceiling or anywhere
  • Screeding foam to be folded down when dabbing the walls
  • All rubbish to be cleared out after completion of works
  • Screws to be checked and made sure they are flush and not protruding
  • No gaps to be left unfilled
  • Ensure all reveals are square and solid dabbed
  • Walls must be level and straight, even if the block work is not
  • Ensure plugs and accessories are tight with no gaps
  • Fibre glass must be in the correct walls (bedroom to bathroom) and any extras asked for by the site agent i.e. top floor in town houses, etc. If in doubt ask!
  • Minimum of 5 screws across a 1200 millimetre board end
  • If boards need noggins, either add them in or report the need for them to the agent. Do not tack or dab around that area until they are completed
  • Rubbish to be placed in the recycling bags provided
  • Stair string correct and consistent and equal from top to bottom
  • Floor scraped to remove spilled plaster or adhesives
  • Always work to achieve minimum levels of wastage
  • Boards must be covered with the supplied covers and tape
  • Bonding compound must be covered every night with covers and tape supplied
  • Reveals must be equal around all windows and doors
  • Electrical wires must be pulled through ceilings and walls where needed and positioned at the correct height
  • All plug and light switch boxes must be cleaned out of any excess bonding adhesive
  • Loft hatches must be cut out neatly and correctly
  • Arches must be consistent and round and not like a 50 pence piece!
  • The correct type of board to be used i.e. moisture board in bathroom, fire line boards in stairwells, and foil back boards in the appropriate areas
  • Excess adhesive should be scraped off all the boards
  • Timber framed houses sometimes need the plastic and correct plank applied. Ask for the specification
  • Solid dabs to be applied around all gas pipes
  • Plasterboards must be firmly attached to the bottom and top studs with screws
  • If there are incomplete items in the plot i.e. windows missing, do as much as possible, i.e. board up to the window and just leave off the revels for a return visit at a later date
  • Do not move plug boxes to suite a poorly cut box hole in the plasterboard, especially over the kitchen worktops. It shows!
  • When dabbing under window sills make sure the distance from the window sill front edge to the wall is consistent all the way round, particularly if in a bay
  • Screws must be screwed in and not hammered in, because they could pop in the future, causing a revisit for which you would be liable.

Plastering Standards

  • Internal revels must be correct and skimmed correctly
  • Skirting lines must be correct and must not exhibit excessive plaster bumps
  • Beads must be cut and fitted to the correct length
  • All staff must constantly endeavor to achieve a high standard of work
  • Floors must be scraped of any excess plaster
  • A professional standard of skimming must be achieved around sockets, wires and roses
  • Rubbish should be placed in the skips provided
  • No board must show through the plaster skim
  • Ceiling curves must be filled out to make a consistent finish e.g. not a sharp line finish in the 3 story town houses on the top floor ceiling
  • Arches must be beaded with an arch bead and not a standard bead that has been cut to the "50 pence piece" look
  • Stop beads must be used where appropriate
  • Beads must be screwed and not nailed where metal systems have been used. Nails DO NOT go in metal studs!
  • Plug and light switch boxes must be cleaned out
  • Light wires and wall wires to be pulled through and not poked in the wall or ceiling and plastered over
  • Materials must be covered every night with the covers and tape supplied
  • All joints must be taped properly
  • Door and window frames must be cleaned of any residue plaster
  • All rooms must be cleaned and all rubbish removed
  • No scrim must be seen through plaster
  • Plasterwork must not exhibit orange peal effect.

Metal Fabrication Standards

  • Maximum channel distance from walls must be no more than 450mm
  • Maximum hanger distance from walls must be no more than 450mm
  • Distance between channels must be no more than 1200mm
  • Hangers must be cut and folded, then drilled and fixed with a metal nailing
  • Extra channels must be put in where needed, i.e. more than 450mm off the wall or a floating hat that doesn't have a channel within 450mm
  • Hats must have a minimum lap over distance of 450mm and fixed in the side of the hats with a minimum of four tek screws
  • Ceilings must be erected level unless specifically instructed otherwise buy a site agent
  • Where there is a loft hatch, extra channels need fixing in to carry the cut hats to support the hatch and prevent the ceiling from cracking
  • Trim must be fixed at a minimum gap distance of 600mm
  • Channel must be fixed to their hangers with a minimum of two tek screws.

Sound Coating Standards

  • Sound coat must be even and to a minimum depth of 6mm all over
  • Sound coat must be combed with a comb to create a key
  • Scratch coating must be applied between the floor joists and tight to the underside of the floor, and a "V" grove made around the joists so that mastic can be applied
  • All excess sand and cement must be cleaned up
  • The mix of sand and cement should be four parts sand to one part cement
  • Feb must be added to the water.

Patching Standards

  • Any patching must be rubbed down properly and free from ridges
  • If a patch needs unibonding before it is patched then unibond it first or it will shrink and crack causing a return visit
  • After rubbing down all dust must be cleaned up upon completion of work
  • Big patches must be filled with the appropriate material, i.e. bonding or carlight bonding, and not simply filled with Aims, etc.

Additional Reference

Hours of work are 8am until 4pm. Staff on day work who have finished their allotted tasks and wish to leave site must first inform the site agent that they have completed their tasks. Staff must then phone the supervisor and inform him they have finished. If it is agreed you have finished then you may then leave. If you leave the site without informing the appropriate people, your wages will be docked!

Building Materials Suppliers

Nobody is to get anything from the builders merchants without prior permission from either John Tolton, Tage Tolton, Desmond O'Connor or Mark Davis<. Failure to observe this rule may result in dismissal.