Plastering

Two plasterers ana one laborer should average from GO to 70 sq. yd. per day. The cost of labor on 3-coat work, costing about 25 cents per sq. yd., will be about 12 cents. For 2-coat work, costing about 20 cents per sq. yd., the cost of the labor will be about 8 cents. Both of these figures on labor are exclusive of the cost of lathing.

The following analyses of cost of 2- and 3-coat plastering are carefully made, and may be relied on as bases for mates. Very fine work will cost considerably more.

Cost Of 100 Sq. Yd. Of 3-Coat Plastering

1,440 laths, l 1/2 in. wide, 3/8" spacing, at $2.10 per 1,000......

$ 3.02

10 lb. 3d. nails, at $2.05 per 100 lb....................................

.20

Labor: putting on lath, 1 day..........................................

2.25

13 bu. of lime, at $.25 per bu..........................................

3.25

1 bu. of hair, 8 lb., at $.04 per lb.......................

.32

1 1/2 loads of plastering sand, at $1.50 per load...................

2.25

1/3 bbl. of plaster of Paris, at $1.50 per bbl

.50

Labor:

Plasterer, 3 1/4 days, at $3.00 per day................................

9.75

Helper, 2 1/2 days, at $1.50 per day...................................

3.75

Cartage .......................................................................

1.00

Total...........................................................................

$26 . 29

Cost per sq. yd., $26.29 /100 = 26 cents, approximately.

Cost Of 100 Sq. Yd., 2-Coat Plastering

Cost of lath and putting on, same as above...................

$5.47

10 bu. of lime, at $.25 per bu..........................................

2.50

3/4 bu., or 61b., of hair, at $.04 per lb.. ...................

.24

1 load of sand ...................................................................

1.50

1/3 bbl. plaster of Paris, at $1.50 per bbl..............................

.50

Labor:

Plasterer, 2 1/4 days, at $3.00 per day...............................

6.75

Helper, 2 1/4 days, at $1.50 per day..................................

3.37

Cartage ...........................................................................

1.00

Total............................................................................

$21.33

Cost per square yard, $21.33-5-100 = 21 cents, approximately.

Lathing

This is measured by the superficial yard, no openings under 7 superficial yards being deducted.

Plastering laths are about l 1/2 in. wide, 1/4 in. thick, and usually 4 ft. long, the studding being generally placed 12 or 16 in. on centers, so that the ends of the lath may be nailed to them. The laths are usually set from 1/4 to 3/8 in. apart, requiring about 1 3/4 or 1 1/2 laths, 4 ft. long, to cover 1 sq. ft.

For a good average grade of work, a man will lay, on an average, about 15 bunches, or 1,500 laths per day, while a rapid workman will put on about 2,000 laths. The cost of nailing up laths will be from 18 to 25 cents per bunch, or $1.80 to 82.50 per thousand, being about equal to the cost of the laths and nails.