At Maisons SIC, Denis Broqua is in charge of the insulation work and the panels and partitions in plasterboard or wood, which he assembles on the ceiling and on the wall. He tells us more about his job as a plasterer and his attachment to the company Maisons SIC, for which he has worked for more than 20 years.
Denis Broqua's career at Maisons SIC
Denis Broqua became a plasterer… out of love. Thirty years ago, he discovered the profession of plasterer through the brother of his girlfriend at the time. Very interested, he then decided to embark on this new training (Denis was first of all a mechanic) and studied in Pas de la Casa.
Over the course of his life and his encounters, he then moved to Agen where he was hired by a large company in Agen, “which allowed me to learn a little more because it is a profession that is learned little by little.” Then he finds himself moving again and works in another plaquo company in Buzet sur Baïse. “I still learned new things to save time, less hassle.” He finally arrived, in 2000, within Maisons SIC.
Maisons SIC, a company with heart
Denis Broqua is very attached to Maisons SIC, “a very beautiful house”, according to him. He explains : “I had the chance to know the founder, who is a reference for me. He started out on his own, from nothing, very small and he built a great business, a great success.”
For him, the human values of Maisons SIC are linked to the good elements of the company, which make it successful because all the workers have an excellent image and are very professional.
The different stages of work of a plasterer in an individual house under construction
When the plasterer arrives on a construction site for a new house, the masonry is done and all the insulation must then be tackled. After ordering the material and having received everything, the plasterer checks the ceiling height on the plans and begins, precisely, with the ceilings. He scraps them, puts the hangers and traces the partitions on the ground and the doubling. Then he places the pawns according to the locations specified in the plan and, from the ceilings, gradually lowers his cables one after the other.
Denis Broqua specifies: “Once the ceilings are done, I tackle the lining, the insulation. I put the glass wool. Then I plate over it. To be able to hold the partitions and the lining, we have to start with the ceilings. As the blowing glass wool is laid last, on top, having already worked on the ceilings greatly facilitates the insulation work. So, together with the linings, it forms a complete and airtight insulation.”
Once all this is done, the drywaller traces on the ground, he "spits" with a pistol that puts spikes in the concrete. Then he fixes the rails to the ceiling, puts uprights every 60 cm, doubled. Finally, he plates one side, puts glass wool, then re-plates and at the same time passes the cables.
For a 100m2 house, when the plasterer is alone, it takes a maximum of 3 weeks to do all the insulation work.
Plaquist: a useful profession, which allows customers to better project themselves
The one who was initially predisposed to become a maintenance mechanic preferred the trade of drywaller, a complete trade, which allows you to perform several tasks at the same time and to work with many other trades.
As Denis Broqua points out, the profession of plasterer is all the more useful and in demand since we now use, in the construction of houses or in works, more than placo, where we used to work with plastering).
The visit of the plasterer is also essential for customers: “it allows them to better see how their house is progressing. Because, when we arrive and start making the partitions or the linings, the customers begin to better realize the volume of each room. They don't see it before. And they like to see concretely how the pieces are arranged. It's more 'practical' for them than seeing it on a map.”
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