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General Discussion / Re: Plastering
« Last post by Relaxed on Yesterday at 11:54:54 PM »
Plasterboard does not have to be attached to a timber support - in fact in Italy the 'norm' is to attach it to galvanised metal (if plasterboard is being used at all, either as a dividing wall or as a lining wall). That's more to do with the price (and climatic/humidity movements) of a timber support.
The disparaging of plasterboard is one of those almost 'religious' beliefs which divide geographical building assumptions. (Personally I am appalled to see multi million pound properties in North America, or Australia, with metal roofs!)
If plasterboard is used intelligently in Italy, with an appropriate finish plaster, it isn't a heresy.
I'm sure that fifteen years ago I would be hearing the same 'semi-religious' arguments about how concrete blocks were a complete anathema in a country accustomed to using hollow clay blocks - you couldn't buy Ytong, (a very lightweight thermally efficient concrete block) therefore they were the spawn of the devil. Now I see new properties using Ytong beyond even my expectations.
But acceptance of these materials is a slow process, and if you do decide to use plasterboard be aware that finding electrical boxes, or plumbing fittings, which 'work' with plasterboard is another adventure!

Running a business in Italy / Re: FOR SALE: Welcome to Sulmona
« Last post by levissima on Yesterday at 11:33:43 PM »
I hope you find a buyer, you’ve done a wonderful job and you will be missed. I hope the future is full of good things.
General Discussion / Re: Plastering
« Last post by Venatore on Yesterday at 10:54:01 AM »
VV is right in that plasterboard is not the only way to go. Plasterboard is often used to provide a skimable surface on wooden stud work walls or alternatively a quicker way to provide a skimable surface on solid mortar walls. Traditionally interior mortar walls would be rendered first with hydrated Lime or cement coat first if an external wall or bonded with bonding plaster or lime if an internal wall before being finished with a slim coat of ‘finish’ plaster. This did indeed make for a durable surface with minimal shrinkage or cracking. Some cracking is always possible either way when drying out (more so with plasterboard) but is usually part of the builders snagging commitment after works are completed. It always a playoff between finish, time, cost and disruption.
Running a business in Italy / Re: FOR SALE: Welcome to Sulmona
« Last post by Vignaverde on Yesterday at 09:55:40 AM »
Good luck Tartufa with your next steps  :)
General Discussion / Re: Plastering
« Last post by Vignaverde on Yesterday at 09:53:32 AM »
Plastering is always a sticking point when we quote for works, what goes into plastering here is far more than the UK and there are very good reasons for it. I would ask the builder to breakdown what he will be doing so you can understand the price. My father in law, who certainly does not like paying for anything, is an Italian living in the UK and whenever he plasters in the UK he gets the builders to plaster like the Italians as he only wants to do it once. The skim here is after a good layer of long lasting material built up to create (IMO) a finish that should last forever. My experience of seeing DIY plaster board and skim here is a lot of cracks after a short period.

I am no builder but I would suggest you understand what your builder is offering you before you decide to brush him off. You could always ask him to do it UK style and you may find the price drops significantly.
Running a business in Italy / FOR SALE: Welcome to Sulmona
« Last post by Tartufa on February 18, 2019, 04:49:20 PM »
Dear Friends of Sulmona,
The time has come for us to move on.
It has been a great adventure but for various personal reasons, mainly to do with family, time constraints & distance, we cannot continue to run in the way which we want.
In the meantime, we are committed to keeping the business and the website going for the benefit of our valued clients and partners, but the fact is we need to find a buyer who will be able to take it to the next level.
If you think you might enjoy running WTS, and you are interested in more info, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at
Need help with your Italian? / Re: Sulmona Language Exchange
« Last post by Tartufa on February 18, 2019, 04:36:38 PM »
Our Language Exchange has been a great success so it will now be a permanent fixture.  The last Friday of every month at the Gran Caffè Letterario in Piazza XX Settembre in Sulmona (AQ). For those who do Facebook, the event is usually posted a week or so before on the Facebook pages of Study Sulmona and Welcome To Sulmona, in the groups Sulmona and Valle Peligna Community Group and Learn Italian in Sulmona and in a smattering of Facebook groups for those in Abruzzo. Here is the flyer:
General Discussion / Re: Plastering
« Last post by iamthedoctor on February 18, 2019, 02:18:39 PM »
Thank you all for your replies.  All the info has been very helpful.  Much appreciated.
General Discussion / Re: Something for your Sindaco
« Last post by GeordieBorn on February 18, 2019, 01:21:14 PM »
That seems to be a really good idea.
General Discussion / Something for your Sindaco
« Last post by levissima on February 17, 2019, 07:21:33 PM »

If you are resident, Brits in Italy is asking you to give a copy of this document to your Sindaco. It outlines the Italian government stance on the rights of British Citizens after Brexit, deal or no deal.
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