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Artexing & Dry Lining

Artexing Course - 1 Week
This course is designed for the practical and quick learner, either to cover the basics for working at home or to add a skill for those already in the building trade. You will gain valuable practical experience as well as covering the theory. Extra assistance will be given in areas which you may find difficult. This course will help build your confidence and knowledge, but we would encourage further training should you wish to achieve a greater degree of expertise in this trade. Start dates are flexible to suit your needs.

What will I learn?
The introduction covers health and safety in the work place, correct use of tools and protective equipment, working with materials, general use of plant and equipment and also good housekeeping and cleanliness. Your training will then cover the following areas:

  • Explanation of the correct procedure for cutting and fixing plasterboard to ceilings

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  • Tape and caulk joints in plasterboard
    Demonstration and explanation on the taping and caulking procedure of the texturing system. This involves discussion on the different types of background that you may come across to be textured, and the correct preparation methods of each of these backgrounds. Also covers stabilizing, priming and sealing.

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  • Introduction to the layout and design of the first of many artex patterns
    After the introduction and demonstration the first pattern is practiced on wall panels. Following your introductory work, you will practice the patterns learnt on the previous day. Once you are comfortable with these you will progress to other artex patterns. Again, these will be practiced on the wall panels.

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  • Texturing ceilings
    Demonstration and explanation on procedures for texturing ceilings. Application by 9” wall brush, roller, and trowel, in workable areas to ensure the ‘wet edge’ is maintained. Students are instructed to pattern ceilings with textures they have already practiced on walls. The ceilings are left textured at the end of the day.

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  • Caulking and re-texturing
    Demonstration with explanation of caulking and re-texturing procedures. Students are instructed to seal surface, flatten and re-texture the ceiling. Demonstration with instruction on different patterns, which are practiced on walls then transferred to ceilings.

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  • Patching texture
    Demonstration with explanation of cutting back plasterboard to joist; inserting new plasterboard and then re-taping in readiness for texturing.

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  • Patch repair
    Demonstration with explanation on patch repairs to textured ceilings. Instruction on how to ensure patch blends into ceiling without being visible.

What do I need to bring?
You will be required to bring steel-capped boots or shoes and overalls (reasonably priced work boots and overalls will be on sale at the training centre).
All tools and other material will be provided for the duration of your course.
Please bring a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the day.

NEW - ADVANCED ARTEXING COURSE for those who wish to develop their skills:
The Advanced Artexing course covers comb work and decorative ceilings. This is purely practice, as the student should ideally have covered basic artexing and preparation by this stage.

Dry Lining and Metal Partition Course - 1 Week
This course is designed for the student who wishes to master the basics of dry lining, The dry lining Student can then use these dry lining skills for working at home or to add a skill for those already in the building trade. Extra assistance will be given in areas which you may find difficult. This course will help build your confidence and knowledge but we would encourage further training should you wish to achieve a greater degree of expertise in this trade. Start dates are flexible to suit your needs.

What will I learn?
This will cover health and safety, the tools of the trade, safe and correct use of tools and protective equipment, and working with materials, plant and equipment.

  • Introduction to metal stud and track (with which the students build their walls).
    Demonstration with explanation on how to build partition walls. Also how to set out walls from a working drawing, and how to form doorways and openings. The correct fixings into the backgrounds and correct spacing of the fixings.

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  • How to ‘cut’ and fix plasterboard to the partition
    Demonstration with explanation of cutting and fixing the plasterboard, correct spacing of the fixings, and size of fixing in relation to the thickness of plasterboard. Also covering different types of plasterboard and their uses.

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  • Continue to fix plasterboard to the partitions the students have erected

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  • Apply and ‘bed in’ tapes to plasterboard joints and angles
    Demonstration with explanation of how to apply tapes to the plasterboard to prevent cracking, Also covering different types of tapes and corner beading and their uses.

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  • Apply first caulk coat for covering tapes
    Demonstration with explanation of how to cover tapes and start to form flush joints and corners, outlining the process for doing this.

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  • Applysecond caulk coat to form flush joints and corners
    Demonstration with explanation of how to apply final coat of dry wall cement; to form flush joints and corners. Also a demonstration of dry liner system of metal work, fixed to brick or block work.

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  • Sanding joints
    Demonstration with explanations on how to ‘rub down’ dry lined joints, and the correct procedure to do so. Covering grades of sand paper that can be used and general finishing. Discussion of fixing plasterboard direct to timber stud partitions, plasterboard and jointing compounds. Calculations of materials need to cover set areas.

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  • Direct bond system - plasterboard to wall (Dot and Dab)
    Demonstration with explanation of the procedures to fix plasterboard to brickwork and block work.

What do I need to bring?
You will be required to wear steel-capped boots or shoes and overalls.
All tools and other material will be provided for the duration of your course. (Reasonably priced work boots and overalls will be on sale at the training centre).
Please bring a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the day.