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Prepa­ra­tion is para­mount to achiev­ing a good fin­ish.

Take the time to en­sure that the sur­face is as flat and straight as pos­si­ble be­fore ap­ply­ing plas­ter­board.

Re­move any nails, old glue or other fix­ings that are pro­trud­ing from the tim­ber.

Us­ing an 1800mm straight edge, check the flat­ness of the wall. There should be no de­vi­a­tions in the fram­ing greater than 2-3mm from the straight edge.

Plane any high ar­eas flat or straighten any mis­aligned nogs/ dwangs.

Check the tim­ber is dry. The mois­ture con­tent of the tim­ber should be 18 per cent or less. Tim­ber with a mois­ture con­tent out­side th­ese lim­its is prone to move­ment caus­ing prob­lems with joint dis­tor­tion.

When fix­ing ver­ti­cally all joins will need to be made over tim­ber. Plan where your joins will be and make sure th­ese will be over tim­ber.

Hor­i­zon­tal is the rec­om­mended

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