If you've purchased standard plaster coving to transform your living room and you plan on doing a DIY job, then you will need to ensure you have the correct tools and equipment. You will require a plastic mitre block designed for cutting coving with all the internal & external coving mitre cuts marked out for you, a saw for cutting the coving, a pointing or gauging trowel or spatula for the adhesive & filler for any gaps, coving adhesive, screws for fixing the coving in place until the adhesive dries, pencil for marking out, plus a tape measure. before you begin you need to protect your floor or carpet, cutting plaster coving is messy! Fitting plaster coving can be an awkward job on your own, so enlist some help as four hands are better than two, especially in a large room with long runs of coving. Pick a start point and make the correct cut using the mitre block, then measure the wall to see what length your 2nd cut needs to be. Repeat this process for all runs of coving then you can think about fixing them in place using coving adhesive and a few screws at an angle to secure the coving until the adhesive sets. As you work your way around the room fill in any screw holes or small gaps with coving adhesive and clean off excess with your trowel or spatula.
It can be difficult to find a reliable and honest plasterer, especially at short notice as they get booked up well in advance. In addition choosing a plasterer from the Yellow Pages can be a problem as you will have no idea of how reliable and professional they are before you deal with them. The best way to find a decent plasterer is to ask people you trust, find someone who has had a positive experience with a local plasterer and get in touch with them to request a quote for the job. If you cannot find a plasterer through personal recommendation, then you need to do some research to ensure you hire someone who is both professional and reputable. The quickest way to do this is to simply use the free quote service on this website, it's completely free an takes about two minutes, just click the "post your job" button to get started. Always check that a plasterer has up to date insurance, along with a listed landline phone number and address so that you know they are not going to disappear as soon as the job is completed. Also make sure they are properly qualified with relevant experience. In addition, you should always get a written estimate with a detailed breakdown of costs before hiring a plasterer. Prices for standard coving using a professional plasterer start from around £25-£30 per hour for labour.