Plasterboard wall, or drywall as it is often called, has been a popular option for walls and ceilings since the late 1940’s. Before the development and commercialization of plasterboard wall, plastered walls were made by applying several coats of plaster to walls that were covered with wood laths that had been nailed to the upright studs. Today, plasterboard wall has made this labor intensive approach obsolete in most parts of the world.
Choosing the Right Plasterboard Wall For Your Project
Thickness – There are different thicknesses of plasterboard wall available. Generally speaking, thinner options are going to be cheaper and much easier to work with, but are not recommended for areas that will see heavy abuse, such as playrooms.
Fire resistance – Fire resistant drywall is available and should be considered as a safety option. Many commercial applications will specify the level of fire resistance provided by plasterboard wall.
Mold prevention and moisture resistance – There are specially designed drywall products that are available with a fiberglass facing that will prevent a lot of the mold problems that can happen in wetter climes. In very wet areas like bathroom shower areas it is advisable to use cement based board in place of drywall.
The tools required to install a plasterboard wall are relatively few and simple to use.
A sharp utility knife is used to cut plasterboard to size. Measure the board and score the paper surfaces and it should snap off cleanly along the scored surface. To minimize cutting, be sure that you order sizes of plasterboard that lines up with the spacing of the studs.
A small hand or electric drill will come in handy to make holes where needed for electrical outlets and light switches.
After making a small hole with your drill, you can cut out the rectangular opening for electrical fittings with a keyhole saw.
A regular claw hammer and the right sized nails are all that are needed to attach the drywall to the studs.
A trowel will be used to smooth the plaster over the taped seams, followed by a light sandpapering to ensure the seams are smooth.
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