PLAN THE LAY­OUT

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Fix the plas­ter­board hor­i­zon­tally. This will en­sure that joints are be­low eye-level and as a re­sult, any im­per­fec­tions are more dif­fi­cult to see. Any glanc­ing light from win­dows or lights is less likely to show a shadow line if joints are fin­ished slightly raised. Screw­ing and glu­ing re­duces the num­ber of me­chan­i­cal fix­ings in the face of the board, de­creas­ing the num­ber of pos­si­ble im­per­fec­tions from prob­lems such as ‘‘pop­ping’’ which are of­ten caused by wet tim­ber.

When fix­ing hor­i­zon­tally, us­ing ta­per edge/square edge board makes sub­se­quent in­stal­la­tion of skirt­ing and cove/cor­nice eas­ier.

If end joints are re­quired when fix­ing hor­i­zon­tally, th­ese should be stag­gered a min­i­mum of one stud apart, 600mm.

Stud spac­ing should be at a max­i­mum of 600mm.

For older homes, stud spac­ing may re­quire that plas­ter­board sheets be trimmed when fix­ing ver­ti­cally.

Never make joints above or be­low or within 200mm of the cor­ners of win­dows or doors.

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