How to Fit Plasterboard to Drywall

It's not difficult, but easy to get wrong! So i have jotted down some handy tips to get you on the right track

 


  • You will need, a bucket, a large paint brush, PVA bonding, dry-wall adhesive, a trowel, a plasterers hawk and mdf boarding, a feather edge, spirit level and a good Stanley knife.
  • First of all, get cleaning and remove all the plaster from the wall that you are going to attach the plasterboard too.
  • Using your paint brush, shove on a good application of diluted PVA bonding.  Best check the manufacturer's recommendation for how much you should really dilute it so it's not too runny.  Slaver it all over wall and leave too dry.
  • Next up, mix your dry-wall adhesive in a clean bucket until its thick and creamy.  Get this by adding water, dry-wall adhesive then give it a good mixing.  Then dunk your trowel in and get a good dollop of the mix on the trowel and place it onto you plasterers hawk.  Don't worry if your mix is too runny just add a bit more of the dry-wall adhesive, another good mix and it will stiffen up.
  • Using your trowel, put big dab's of the mix on the wall, spaced about 12 inches apart or so.  It's important to even out any irregularities in the wall surface, so you should make your application fairly thick
  • Apply a solid line of adhesive at the top of the wall, now you really must do this so that it satisfy's them building regulations.  So once you have applied the all-important solid line of adhesive mix along the top, get your plasterboard.
  • Your piece of plasterboard should be cut to the correct size using a feather edge or a large spirit level taking into account any sockets or switches, then 'offer' the board to the wall ensuring that the board is straight and flat
  • If you are using this method in the lower levels of a house, where there could be rising damp - be sure to leave a 3 inch gap below the plasterboard (packing pieces can be used to help level the board), this gap will be covered by the skirting board.
  • Now your board should be applied to the adhesive and flat to the wall and at a straight angle. Depending on the shape of the wall you might need to cut smaller pieces of plasterboard to finish the wall area.
  • Take your next piece of plasterboard and line it up with the other board using the feather edge.
  • Before you knock off for a cuppa, use the feather edge again to make sure that the boards are flat to the wall and are in line with each other. Nearly done, just finish off the reveals and tape the joints.
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