How to use a plasterers hand board or hawk
The hand boards used on The DIY School plastering courses cost around £20 and have been in use for over 12 months on a daily basis without the need to replace them.
Look for a hand board that will feel comfortable.
Plasterers Hawks are typically made of either aluminium or plastic and both materials have their fans in the profession.
Always keep you hand board clean.
Even in between applying coats of plaster you will need to put it down for a few minutes.
Before using the hand board wet it and then prime it. Wetting will stop the plaster from drying out on the hand board. Priming, which involves spreading a small amount of plaster over the surface of the board will stop your plaster from sliding off when you go for your first load of plaster.