OPERATIVE PLASTERERS & CEMENT MASONS

Plasterers
Job Description: 
PLASTERERS apply and smooth wet plaster to interior walls and ceilings to form fire resistant and relatively soundproof surfaces which may then be decorated. They also apply stucco and synthetic stucco finishes to exterior of buildings and cast ornamental designs in plaster. 

PLASTERERS may first apply a rough coat of scratch plaster to metal or gypsum lath. They use a hawk (a square plate of wood or metal) to hold a small amount of wet plaster and a trowel to apply it. To obtain a uniform surface, they apply a border of the desired thickness to the top and bottom of the section to be covered. When the borders have hardened, they fill in the area between them with one or two base coats of plaster. They then level the entire area to the exact thickness required and smooth the surface with a long, flat tool called a darby.

After this surface has dried and set a smooth or decorated finish coat is applied. A plasterers work is varied in that each job presents different problems and conditions. Therefore, the work does not become monotonous.  There are many different types of plastering, each of which must be learned and mastered, although a Plasterer may specialize in one class of work.

A PLASTERER'S work is varied in that each job presents different problems and conditions. Therefore, the work does not become monotonous. There are many different types of plastering, each of which must be learned and mastered, although a PLASTERER may specialize in one class of work.

Working Conditions: 
Work is done both indoors and out. Surroundings are usually dirty and dusty or wet, and workers are exposed to extremes of temperature. Work involves considerable standing and stooping.

Possible injuries may result from falls from ladders or scaffolds, or lime burns of the hands or the eyes.