First Coat of Plaster is on!

This weekend was a good weekend for getting the plaster on. Still not as warm as I’d like, but at least the freezing temperatures have gone!

We managed to get a first coat over just half of the buiding. The back sides are not covered yet, but I can do them in the week, so it will be covered by next weekend. So far it looks like this:

The first coat is on. You can see it's a little patchy in places, but the second coat should close this up and make it more uniform.

You can see it’s a little patchy in places, but the second coat should close this up and make it more uniform.

The bulk of the plaster went on well, though in areas where I was using hessian to patch up gaps and bridge areas with wood, it’s a little loose and thin. I’ve draped some geotextile off the roof to shade the building this week and I’m spraying it to avoid it drying out, but there are areas where it has dried more than others.

I need to get some closer photos of areas, but some of the plaster has dried a little flaky and crumbly in some small areas which might need redoing. They tend to be in the areas where the straw is not packed so well, like the joins of the bales, or an area we stuffed with straw.

It's best to work the first coat in with your hands.

It’s best to work the first coat in with your hands.

It’s when I encounter slight weaknesses like this that I kick myself for not going on more training courses closer to the build date. I’m going to see how things go on a second coat, and make more effort to work the plaster into the bales on the first coat.