Maintenance tips and DIY advice for the interior of your home
Although the NHBRC is not responsible for maintenance and DIY, here are a few issues for you to consider: Separating walls Walls separating you from your neighbour will generally be of masonry construction. The advice for fixing is the same as for plastered or dry-lined masonry walls. Separating walls in timber-frame homes may have normal timber studs, but the plasterboard lining is about 30mm thick.
Failure to seal any holes in the plasterboard will reduce the sound installation of the wall, affecting not only yourself but your neighbour.
Heavy items should be fixed through the plasterboard to the vertical timber studs. Light items may be fixed with a plug in the plasterboard layer, but take care not to drill right through. Doors
Many doors are made with a thin facing of compressed board or plywood on a skeletal honeycomb core within a timber frame. Items such as coat hooks can be fixed to these doors with the same sort of cavity devices that are used for fixing to plasterboard.
But make sure that the door thickness will accommodate the plug or toggle fitting when it is inserted and fully tightened. Curtain tracks
In masonry construction, concrete or steel lintels are used to support the wall above window openings. Bearing in mind the difficulties of fixing to certain lintels, some builders can help by providing a timber batten above the window for fixing curtain tracks or blinds.
If a batten is not provided, ask your home builder what type of lintel has been used and what type of fixing is recommended.