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    Hi all i worked as a taper around 5 years ago as part of my painting apprenticeship at several loactions , mostly site work in and around the Edinburgh area for Wimpey Homes and also some private work.

    I never actually gained any formal qualifications but was very familier with the taping equipment and materials . And was rattling out approx one and a half houses fully taped per week.

    I wondered if anyone could advice me as to the best courses in my area or ways to gain experiance and get me back into the trade?

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. If you are able to tape already, why do you need to go on a course? Save your money and just get your tools out of storage.

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    You could go round the sites mate to get phone numbers for the main painting/taping contractors. Site rates aint the best just now but gotta start somewhere.
    P.S. Welcome to the forum!!

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    to be honest you sound as if you know how to tape you just need to find some work and get your speed up, the problem is both can take time. Good luck

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    I took a year out of the building game around 7 years ago and found it only took a few weeks to get my speed back up to acceptable quotas.

    You dont need qualifications if youre a time served painter. Any employer will know by lunchtime if you're bullshitting and being able to do both jobs will surely list you higher up the pecking order when applying?

    Why dont you stick an ad in a local paper or gumtree etc looking for private work as theres not a lot of well paid work on in the Edinburgh area just now. Especially on the sites.

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    yeah basically at the second/third year of my painting apprenticeship i started helping the ames taper on site, after a few weeks my boss realised i was good at and laid off the ames taper and got me to complete the rest of the site whilst still paying me apprentice painter wages, obviously saving himself a fortune!

    After completing the site and doing two more of approx 60 houses plus some repair and private work i saw throo his scam and i quit and found a diffferent line of work.

    Going back into taping is something i would like to do as i always enjoyed that line of work for the time i done it .

    I just wonder if that is a good basis for starting a career back in the trade or whether iam better to go and gain my certificate in ames taping and get a cs card for site work.

    I feel its only a paper qualification as i have every confidence in my ability with the taping tools.

    Thanks for your feedback guys and look forward to your response.

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    Definatley do not need the qualification seems you are more than qualified it is only a bit of paper and something you will never need, and you will enjoy it more when your being paid the correct wage for it, have a read around this site it is mainly machine jointers but even I as a hand jointer have changed the way I do things over the last 3 or 4 years.

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    I would ring around looking for some making good, more likley to get a start that way.

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    having been away for so long tho i have no tools , ideally id want to purchase my own as i dont think many company supply then or do they?

    wheres the best place to buy new stuff / second hand gear?

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    Buying a set of tools is more economical than hiring them. Belmore tools could help ya out there, you'll get their number off this site too.
    Second hand kits? Probably check ebay, some US sellers do deals on used sets

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaleracer View Post
    yeah basically at the second/third year of my painting apprenticeship i started helping the ames taper on site, after a few weeks my boss realised i was good at and laid off the ames taper and got me to complete the rest of the site whilst still paying me apprentice painter wages, obviously saving himself a fortune!
    You must be bloody good if you picked up using the machines and got the taper the bump off the job in the space of a few weeks, then knocking out 1 and half houses a week.
    Surprised he didn't phone you back and offer you a wage rise.

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    yeah all the painters and the actual ames taper said i was a natural at it, never really thought much off it at the time as i was early twenties and was more interested in gettin finished and meetin lassies and bevvyin in those days, but lookin back its definatley a career i'd like to get back into as i enjoyed it.


    On the subject you mentioned about hiring any ideas the best place to hire them and approx the cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaleracer View Post
    yeah all the painters and the actual ames taper said i was a natural at it, .
    You sure they were not taking the piss?

    A few weeks seems a little to quick to learn this trade.

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    British Gypsum hire kits but look for about a grand deposit, plus monthly payments in advance and they will have to be insured in case they get nicked. My advice would be to buy a second hand kit from ebay, which will work out cheaper and they will be yours for keeps, or see one of our resident tool guys on the site who may hook you up.

    It seems the rental market is more popular in the US than over here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turrican_007 View Post
    You sure they were not taking the piss?

    A few weeks seems a little to quick to learn this trade.

    Would i post that on here and leave myself open to stupid comments if i thought they were??

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    when i stated a few weeks it was around 8-9 weeks helping the taper on site. basically the skills rabged from mixing filler, loading tape gun and boxes, filling nail holes , seems and corners before applying the tapes with the gun / boxes, hand skimmming , box filling , corner tapes , metal tapes etc.. sanding...

    before the taper was paid off and i was on my own to cover the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaleracer View Post
    Would i post that on here and leave myself open to stupid comments if i thought they were??
    Fair enough.

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