Wall lining an exacting task
Congratulations. If you’re looking into lining walls then you’re a proper DIYer.
This is a fair-sized job, but don’t be put off, it is still something that’s within the capabilities of a competent handyman. neat flat stacks, clear of the floor.
Stacks of plasterboard should be limited to 20 sheets on nonconcrete floors.
If plasterboard is being stored on new concrete floors the plasterboard should be elevated to prevent it picking up moisture from the concrete or stack it on a piece of waterproof polythene sheet. method of fixing plasterboard, but there are times when this is not possible. the sheet to the size desired.
Lineup a straight edge with the marks and hold firmly against the sheet. Draw a pencil line as a guide for scoring. Score through paper and lightly into the core using a drywall or craft knife.
To break the sheet core, securely grasp the board edges on both sides of the score line and snap the board with a quick, firm movement. Alternatively, break the sheet over the end of the working surface or a length of timber.
Complete the cut by running the knife through the back paper of the sheet and snapping back to the face.
For openings such as an electrical outlet or switch box use the following method.
Measure from where the side of the sheet will be located to the near and far sides of the installed box.
Measure from the top or bottom edge of where the sheet will be located to the top and bottom of the box.
Trace the outline of the electrical box at the appropriate position on the sheet.
Cut with a keyhole saw.
For sheets that require stepped areas it will be necessary to make the short cuts with a saw prior to snapping the board. To get the saw started, drill holes inside the cutting area at each of the corners.
The best practice for fixing plasterboard involves using plasterboard screws and glue. Plasterboard screws are used around the perimeter of the sheet and glue should be used in other areas that contact wall framing.
Use GIBFix All Bond or GIBFix One for the appropriate surface.
Make sure the framing is clean and free from oil, dirt or a combination of the two.
Apply adhesive using a gun at the appropriate spacing. A glue daub about the diameter of the framing timber stud should be used.
Fix the sheet immediately after applying the glue to avoid the glue from ‘‘skinning’’, resulting in poor adhesion.
Hold the sheet tight against the framing.
Sink plasterboard screws to just below the sheet surface, leaving the paper intact.
Use an electric drywall screw gun equipped with an adjustable depth control head and Phillips bit.