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Is plaster shortage a thing?
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Flatpackback · 29/09/2020 21:09

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 · 29/09/2020 21:11

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!

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SellFridges · 29/09/2020 21:12

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

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Thewindsofchange · 29/09/2020 21:13

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

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Subordinateclause · 29/09/2020 21:13

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.

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ladykuga · 29/09/2020 21:16

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.

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jdoejnr1 · 29/09/2020 21:17

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

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Flatpackback · 29/09/2020 21:17

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 · 29/09/2020 21:18

It certainly was not so sure what its like now

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wheresmymojo · 29/09/2020 21:18

May be in certain areas?

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

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Watto1 · 29/09/2020 21:19

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.

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Mamette · 29/09/2020 21:48

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?

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UnconsideredTrifles · 29/09/2020 22:35

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

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CurlyStrawsRock · 29/09/2020 23:25

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!

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Slightlydustcovered · 30/09/2020 08:24

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

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LBOCS2 · 30/09/2020 08:40

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!

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PleasantVille · 30/09/2020 08:43

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

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MissPollyPops · 30/09/2020 19:24

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

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Sorryusernamealreadyexists · 30/09/2020 20:17

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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