Having plasterboard installed professionally is costly, and doing it yourself can be a nifty way to stay within budget.
But if you’ve never done it before, installing plasterboard feels like a daunting task. Here we look at how easy the installation process is, and introduce a simpler alternative to traditional board.
Why use plasterboard?
Installing plasterboard is twice as fast as wet plastering, and cuts out drying time that can hold up your renovation plans. It lets you cut straight to the decorating stage, and you can achieve a smooth finish using just jointing compound
, jointing tape
, and drywall primer
Plastering requires a great deal of skill to achieve the perfect finish, and should only be carried out by an experienced professional. Plasterboard, on the other hand, is far better suited to handy DIYers.
Even if you’ve managed to transport the plasterboard to your location
, the next challenge is carrying it into your home and to the room where it needs to be fitted. You may have had help loading it at the builder’s merchants or DIY store, but getting it indoors is tricky (especially if it’s being used upstairs).
If you’re a DIYer not used to carrying large, heavy boards, it’s a good idea to choose a smaller board
. A board that folds in half
could also make your job much easier, allowing you to get a firm grip and avoid bashing it into walls or furniture on your way through the house.
Cutting board to shape
One of the most difficult parts of installing plasterboard is making intricate cuts. Whatever the job, you’ll probably need to fit your board around things like window sills and plug sockets. This is more complicated than trimming the edges of plasterboard to fit the walls, as it involves cutting in complex shapes rather than a straight line.
To do this successfully, you’ll need to carefully mark the cut to be made, using tools like a combination square, tape measure and spirit level for accuracy. After this, you’ll cut out the shape with a plasterboard pad saw.
Lifting plasterboard into position
Once you’ve got your plasterboard in the right place and cut to fit the space, you’re ready to install it. Depending on where it’s going, though, it can be difficult to lift plasterboard into position.
If you’re installing plasterboard on the ceiling, or using large and heavy boards on the walls, you’ll normally need more than one person to get the job done. There is a simpler way, however. Fold-a-Board
is a smaller and lighter board that folds vertically, making it easier to lift and fix into place.
to find out more about using Fold-a-Board.