Adding Another String to Your Bow with our Hand Jointing and Finishing Course

Date: 09 October 2018

Learn how our two-day Hand Jointing and Finishing training course is helping tradespeople take on more jobs and earn more money by offering a more rounded service.

Our two-day Hand Jointing and Finishing course covers the fundamentals of hand jointing on plasterboard surfaces, including how to deal with both internal and external angles. In this blog, James Maclean, Senior Technical Support Representative at our Kirkby Thore Technical Academy explains why the course is proving so popular with tradespeople looking to add another string to their bow.

What’s the challenge?

Are you ever put off by the idea of finishing plasterboard surfaces because it is not your direct area of expertise? Without the proper training it’s certainly a difficult task, which is why many prefer to leave the job to a dedicated tradesperson rather than attempting it for themselves. However, there are many advantages of being able to finish a plasterboard independently, meaning you can offer a more rounded service to customers and progress work faster.

More than anything, if you can finish a plasterboard yourself, there is no need to subcontract out smaller jobs. Traditionally, the skimming method was used to complete the plasterboard process, but now with taping and jointing products it’s possible to finish a board with considerably less skill required. 

What’s the solution?

Our two-day Hand Jointing and Finishing course covers the knowledge and practical skills required to finish a plasterboard via the hand jointing method. It details everything you need to know about how to hand joint a plasterboard, as well as the application of hand jointing to tapered edge joints, butt end joints, internal and external angles. 

Hand Jointing and Finishing Course

Delivered through our national network of Technical Academies, the Hand Jointing and Finishing course covers our range of jointing products and their working characteristics for setting, air drying and combined setting materials. It also covers tips to get the most out of our Gyproc jointing material range, providing an overview of the range’s various uses.

How does it work?

There are a number of different types of product available for hand jointing. On this course we focus on the use of chemical setting products, which are activated with the addition of water. Once mixed, the products will dry like plaster with drying times dependent on the products used. When they have dried, the jointing materials produce a smooth, continuous, crack-resistant lining surface ready for priming and final decoration. 

After we have covered the theory, we move the course into our technical area where you have the opportunity to get hands on with the products. We begin with the basics of finishing plasterboard and offer tips and advice on best practice. At this point we cover the two different types of jointing compound, setting and air drying in the British Gypsum range, as well as our collection of joint reinforcements and the different types of bead we offer. Before the end of the day we apply an additional coat of mixture to the board before leaving it to dry overnight. 

On the second day we have a quick recap and then it’s back into the technical area to apply a third coat of compound to the surface joints and angles. One of the biggest takeaways from this is to cover the key techniques associated with sanding and drywall priming. Similarly, you will learn ways to properly patch and repair a damaged wall. Both these skills will be a significant addition to your toolkit putting you in the unique position of being able to offer homeowners a more comprehensive service. 

What are you waiting for?

Our two-day Hand Jointing and Finishing course makes the difficult task of finishing plasterboard more attainable. Training through our national network of Technical Academies offers you the opportunity to get hands-on in our technical areas, putting learning into action. You will leave the course secure in the knowledge that you’re now in a position to offer added value to your customers. 


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