Updated February 3rd, 2019
So, you are going to start wall plaster.
After finishing masonry wall construction in an apartment of a residential building, the next step is to plaster on the wall surface.
As you know, building construction tasks are dependent on one another.
So, before starting wall plaster we need to consider many other things.
In this post, we will see what things we should consider before starting wall plaster.
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9 Things to Consider Before Starting Wall Plaster
Consider the following things before starting wall plaster in an apartment.
1. Finish remaining wall making
Workers always tend to left some portions of walls unfinished. Before starting plasterwork, make sure all the unfinished wall making are finished.
If you left some portions of brick walls unfinished, workers will make those brick wall during plastering. That will hamper the quality of masonry walls as well as the wall plaster.
So finish all the remaining wall making in a flat before starting plasterwork.
2. Fix all wooden door frames
Before starting wall plaster, finish all wooden door frames and cat door frames fixing.
We fix wooden door frame and cat door frame before starting wall plaster. Because door frame and wall plaster will be in the same alignment.
So, fix all door frames before starting wall plaster.
3. Pour concrete in the gap between door frame and wall
After fixing door frame, there should be a gap between wall and door frame. This gap is kept to easily fix the door frame with the wall. I’ve talked about this before in “Considering things to keep door rough opening in masonry wall”.
This gap must be filled with cement-concrete (CC) and allow curing period before starting wall plaster.
We normally use ½” down brick chips for preparing CC for this purpose.
If you fill this gap with cement mortar instead of CC, there can form a crack in the plaster.
So, cast the gap between door frame and wall with CC as well as allow curing period before starting wall plaster.
4. Fix window grill
We also keep the window grill and wall plaster on the same alignment like door frames.
So, fix all the window grill on the wall before starting wall plaster.
5. Cast window sill with cement concrete
After fixing window grill in the wall, we cast the window sill with cement concrete.
We make a 1½” high cement concrete barrier below the window grill. It is done to prevent the rain water penetration through the window sill.
So, cast all window-sill in an apartment and allow curing period before starting wall plaster.
6. Make sure all electrical wall piping is completed
It makes sense. As electrical connections run through the wall, we need to complete the electrical wall piping before starting wall plaster.
So when you plan on start wall plaster, consider all electrical wall piping is done.
7. Check if the modification works are completed
Apartment owners often make changes in their apartments. These changes include removing walls or Shifting doors, demanding extra electrical points, etc.
So, consider doing all the related changes before starting wall plaster.
8. Consider dining basin location on wall
Dining basis is fixed near the dining room. Some prefer to make wall tiles on the dining basin wall.
So, you need to take the decision from the apartment owners if they want tiles on the dining basin wall.
If it needs to make tiles on dining basin wall then you don’t need to plaster on that wall. Also, consider doing the drainage and water supply piping for basin before starting wall plaster.
9. Consider AC outlet
Before starting plaster, we keep holes in brick masonry walls for AC outlet. The diameter of this holes is 3”.
So, we keep 3” diameter UPVC pipes in masonry wall where AC will be fixed.
Make sure, all these AC pipes are kept before starting wall plaster.
Consider all these things I shared in this post before starting wall plaster. So that, you don’t need to demolish plaster after completing it.
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