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Is plaster shortage a thing?

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Flatpackback Tue 29-Sep-20 21:09:18

Just that really. I'm getting some work done atm but have been told the ceiling can't be done due to no plaster being available. Is this true or am a being spun a yarn ?

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Bahhh Tue 29-Sep-20 21:11:05

True according to my friend who's husband is a plasterer. Well it was true a few weeks/month ago anyway . And if he could get it it was costing lots!

SellFridges Tue 29-Sep-20 21:12:08

Yep. It’s like the building trade’s version of bog roll.

Thewindsofchange Tue 29-Sep-20 21:13:20

There was nothing for months. It's slowly trickling in now. We managed to get about 12 bags a month or so ago.

Subordinateclause Tue 29-Sep-20 21:13:50

In the first lockdown it was almost impossible to get hold of. What's usually a few pounds a bag was going for 40 or 50 quid. Not heard about it recently but could well believe it.

ladykuga Tue 29-Sep-20 21:16:36

I was told this very recently by my plasterer. I was advised to try local timber merchants. It was piled high with the stuff when I got there. Don't bother trying to buy online.

jdoejnr1 Tue 29-Sep-20 21:17:19

It was, starting to ease off a bit now depending in where you are though.

Flatpackback Tue 29-Sep-20 21:17:35

That's great thanks all for your replies. I thought it was perhaps that they couldn't be bothered plastering the ceiling but they seem a good team & are doing a great job so I'm pleased to hear it's true. I'm still stuck with a hideous artex ceiling though.

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Notfeelinggreattoday Tue 29-Sep-20 21:18:07

It certainly was not so sure what its like now

wheresmymojo Tue 29-Sep-20 21:18:26

May be in certain areas?

We just had our garage ceiling plastered for normal price and hardly any wait in the South East (Hants)

Watto1 Tue 29-Sep-20 21:19:45

I work in a Builders Merchant. It was certainly true a few weeks ago but we are getting some stock in now. It’s the luck of the draw if we have any on any given day.

Mamette Tue 29-Sep-20 21:48:28

I'm still stuck with a hideous artex ceiling though.

I’d smell a rat tbh, are they saying they won’t do the ceiling at all? Or just there will be a delay?

UnconsideredTrifles Tue 29-Sep-20 22:35:22

Can confirm that there was a severe shortage here (Cardiff) but there's plenty now - it might be regional?

CurlyStrawsRock Tue 29-Sep-20 23:25:40

It was true but not sure if it is now. I did a two hour round trip just to get some when it came up on the wickes stock finder!

Slightlydustcovered Wed 30-Sep-20 08:24:38

There were shortages a few weeks ago but we can get it here quite easily now. ( Berkshire)

LBOCS2 Wed 30-Sep-20 08:40:11

Yep, we've been doing a big project at work and it has looked TERRIBLE throughout as we've not been able to plaster. Skimming starts tomorrow as we've finally got enough to get going on it!

PleasantVille Wed 30-Sep-20 08:43:46

I know nothing about building but I know there's a shortage because I've seen threads on here, it's not just parenting you can learn about on MN grin

MissPollyPops Wed 30-Sep-20 19:24:11

I was told that by a joiner a couple of months ago. That there was a shortage and the price had tripled.

Sorryusernamealreadyexists Wed 30-Sep-20 20:17:38

Husband is a plasterer. Through lockdown the factory completely shut and there was a full shortage, now I think people are buying extra and creating a shortage (a bit like bog roll) although it does have a use by date so that would be pretty stupid confused

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