Pre Plaster / Lock up Inspections
This inspection should take place immediately prior to the installation of plasterboard. This is an important stage because it is the last chance to check the walls and roof frame prior to the wall finish being applied. After the frame stage defects are rectified by the contractor, plumbers, electricians and other service trades install their wires and pipework. Unfortunately, all too often they are installed with little regard to the structural integrity of the studs or frame. Often damage occurs to structural members and then the structure (and the issues) are covered up with plaster, until they later become a problem for the building owner. Also at this stage, the carpenter will come through to straighten the framing and ceilings so the plaster finish appears flat. Often, damaging changes may be made to the structure without consideration.
When Should You Go Ahead With This Inspection?
Once the roof cover has been installed, and the wall wrap (sarking paper) has been fitted, the builder will often look to install plaster. Although installing the interior plaster prior to the exterior wall finish may seem problematic, it is ok provided that certain precautions are taken by the builder to ensure that moisture stays (including driving rain) stays on the outside. We recommend booking in your Pre-Plaster Inspection when the following occurs:
- Roof cover is fitted (roof tiles or metal sheeting),
- The wall sarking wrap has been installed,
- The services trades have completed their rough in of pipes,
- Insulation batts have been installed, and
- Plasterboard is delivered.
What we look for
Each of our inspections include checking of hundreds of elements at the site. Some main ones include:
- Clarify whether outstanding Frame Inspection issues have been adequately rectified,
- Check that the roof, eaves, fascia & gutter are properly installed
- Check wall frames to ensure they’re plumb, straight and square,
- If brickwork is complete, thoroughly check for quality and adherence to standards,
- Check that the services rough in works have not affected the structural integrity of the frames,
- Ensure that all insulation has been properly installed, with no gaps, and;
- Check that the internal carpentry has been properly completed