Wall lin­ing an ex­act­ing task

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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.

Cutouts

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.

Handy hints

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.

At­tach­ing

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.

Glu­ing

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.

Screw­ing

Hold the sheet tight against the fram­ing.

Sink plas­ter­board screws to just be­low the sheet sur­face, leav­ing the pa­per in­tact.

Handy hints

Use an elec­tric dry­wall screw gun equipped with an ad­justable depth con­trol head and Phillips bit.

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