MedHub Plastering Finished

What a busy last month the Phil The Crack Team has had. As of tomorrow the 12/4/19 the MedHub will be officially due to be handed over to the clients. Would like to thank my team and the team from VOS, lead by Andrew Brumby and David Reid, for a pleasant work environment and professionalism that is second to none. Great achievement by all and was a privilege to work on this site. #teameffort #handover

Plastering A Skylight

Now this is a skylight. Over 2 metres deep and 1800 wide. Used a special scissor lift to access this space to sheet and trowel. #skylights #hobartplasterer #tasmania

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Fire Protection Systems

Separating 2 x Units with a Firewall

 

As you can see from the bottom right hand picture, when we first pulled down existing ceiling, there is a gap between the top of blockwork and the top of the roof structure.

The purpose of building a firewall is to fill in this gap to protect each unit individually from each other. So if a fire starts in one, it has protection from the fire spreading to the adjoining unit.

As plasterers we have trained and are qualified to build these life saving walls.

You might see in some of these pictures below, the firewall protrudes out from the main flat firewall. Why you might ask? Well this is because the timber on those beams runs through to the unit adjacent, so therefore if we didnt sheet these timbers out this far and caulk them with the approved fire mastic(see below), then the fire would simply burn the timber through the flat firewall and continue burning on into the next unit on the other side of the blockwork wall.

The distance these timbers are to be sheeted and caulked is 600ml from main wall. This is the Australian Safety Standard we must use when constructing fire rated linings.

You can not see in these pictures but there is also special insulation called Fire Seal, that has also been installed along the top of the fire sheets for extra protection, and in any gaps that need insulating also.

The fire sheets used here are 16ml thick, quite heavy and awkward to cut. But thats a perk of the job, lol.

To prevent fire spread, all screw holes and any gaps have been sealed by approved fire mastic. This stops air getting through and smoke also.

Installing these walls is tedious, takes a lot of time, can be difficult at heights and is heavy work when constructing long and high walls(especially on scaffold). But with all that said it can be very satisfying too, as being the tradesman tasked with building it, you know that potentially the firewall you are building may just save someones property an even more importantly someones life, which makes all the work worth it.

Regards

Phil

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Top Plasterer Award. Launceston

Home Improvement 2day awarded my team as one of the Top 25 plastering companies in Launceston. Great work boys.

Phillip Cordwell

Owner/Operator

Phil The Cracks Plastering

Plastering The Examiner Reception Area

This is the new Examiner newspaper reception area in Launceston. Sheets here are standups as the builder framed the walls to allow this to be done. Great effort by the PTC team to get this finished off fairly quickly.

 

Plaster Crack Repair. St Helens Tasmania

This job was done in St Helens Tasmania, on a 150 year old house. The room here was full of what we call crazy cracks through out the whole ceiling. It was not an option to re-sheet the ceiling as the owner wanted to keep the heritage style of the building, which is fair enough as it is a very old residence.

What we did here was to dig out any cracks that were big enough to do so, the small hairlines do not need this. Then once dug out we trowelled them back up with cornice cement to set hard again.

After the dug out cracks were set hard again all the cracks were then taped with a fibreglass joint taped called FibaFuse. The cracks were then given another coat of base and then a final coat of topping to allow for sanding.

As you can see the entire ceiling was nearly trowelled, as myself and the owner had a few jokes about, but this is what was needed to be done to maintain this lovely 150 year old buildings heritage. #ceilingcracks

Regards

Phil

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Complete House Plastering. Bicheno

This is a rondo suspended ceiling on a raked angle from 3m down to 2.5m. Because usually 10ml plasterboard is used in residential housing, these metal battens, called furring channels are spaced at a maximum 450ml centres to comply with Australian Safety Standards. The blue colour board you can see in the background is for the bathroom, it is called “wetboard”, and is commonly used in any wet environments.

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This is the finished sanded product. The angle you are looking at now between the wall and ceiling junctions was created using an adjustable PVC splade bead. This bead was then coated 3 times. 2 x base coats and 1 x top coat, this is also to comply with CSR Gyprocks warranty standards, trowelled any other way would void your warranty.

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