What is Wall Boarding? Wall Boarding is the process of fixing plasterboard to interior walls and ceilings to create a smooth surface that can be painted straight away. This technique is popular among DIY’ers because it requires fewer specialist skills than traditional plastering and is much easier to install. You can attach plasterboard directly to the existing wall or onto a timber/metal framework using nails, a process known as ‘Tacking’. Here’s a few tips to help you get started:
The key to achieving a long-lasting, quality finish is using the right materials in the right places. If you’re renovating a bathroom, you’ll need moisture resistant boards, where as a kitchen may require fire resistant boards. You can also purchase a range of lightweight boards for ceilings, impact resistance boards for living areas and insulated boards for creating new partition walls. It’s also worth considering whether or not you wish to mount anything on the wall once you’ve finished, as different boards will have different load bearing capabilities.
Having purchased your plasterboards, you’ll need to store them away safely until you’re ready to start fixing them in place. Leave the protective plastic coating on and place them on a flat surface in a dry environment to prevent warping. Be sure to carry the boards on their edge to prevent damaging them and if they do somehow get damp, leave them to dry out fully before commencing with the job.
As with all DIY projects you may be tempted to save money and attempt wall boarding using the tools you already have. However, this can lead to mistakes and frustration which will cost you time and money and leave you with a poor finish. Plan your work before making a start and make sure you have the following tools:
- Electric Screwdriver or Nail Gun for attaching the boards to the wall or framework
- Saw (Hand or Electric) for cutting the boards to shape
- Scraper for removing excess adhesive or joint filler
- Utility Knife for scoring the plasterboard
- Steel Float/Plastering Trowel for applying filler
- Clean bowl for mixing filler
- Tape Measure
As with all DIY projects the key to success is planning & preparation, so make sure you have all the right tools and materials before making a start.
The best way to cut plasterboard is to use a utility knife to score the board, before snapping along the line using your hands. Score deep lines on each side of the board to give a straight edge and do not force the snap; if it doesn’t snap when subjected to a small amount of pressure, you may need to make a deeper cut with the utility knife and try again. Alternatively, you could use an electric or hand saw, but be careful not to damage the plasterboard while cutting.
When cutting boards to fit around fixtures and fittings, measure carefully and always cater for extra space to allow you to position the boards. Once the boards have been fixed in place, you can fill in any gaps using plaster or a multi-purpose filler.
Fixing Boards in Place
When fitting plasterboard to a stud wall, start by marking all the stud locations on the board and ensure the end of the first panel lands in the centre of a stud. Attach the plasterboard to the studs using ‘Easydrive’ screws, starting in the middle and working your way out. Determine a suitable fixing sequence and make sure the joints are staggered.
When fitting plasterboard to an existing wall using adhesive, start by marking where you want to apply dabs of adhesive working top to bottom. Avoid bridging the joints with adhesive and concentrate on one wall at a time as plasterboard adhesives set very quickly and can be difficult to remove once hardened.
There are various techniques for filling in the joints between plasterboard, but the best way is to cover joints with specialist tape (or scrim cloth) and then fill with plaster. Be sure to fill all joints and gaps around fixtures or fittings and once finished, go over all joints with sandpaper to achieve a smooth finish. Once dry, you should be ready to start painting & decorating.
So there you have it….a few tips to help you perfect your wall boarding skills. It’s important to remember that DIY is a learning curve and although you may not get everything right the first time, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. However, if you do not have the time to do it yourself, why not contact CPM Plastering & Wall Boarding specialists? Call us today on 01392 925045 or contact us online for a free, no obligation quote.