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The type of plasterboard that you use for a project depends upon the application. For example sound and heat insulation, moist areas, high impact areas etc. all have specific plaster board types.

Plasterboard should be fixed using drywall screws at a distance of between 10” and 12” apart and on all available joists or noggins and no nearer to the edge of the plaster board than about 1”.

Plasterboard joints should be cut to within 5mm accuracy.

One should always work down from the highest point of a project when plaster boarding.

Always plaster board the ceiling first.

Once the ceiling is done use the plaster board on the wall to add extra strength to the ceiling by pushing the top pieces of the board tight up to the ceiling boards.

Work across and down the stud frame wall. At the bottom leave a gap between the plaster board and the floor. In most cases the new skirting board will cover the gap, it reduces the need for accuracy at the bottom of the stud wall saving time and plaster board waste and the gap could prevent kitchen floods from affecting the stud walls too heavily.

Always remember to have the correct side of facing out for plastering. Whilst a cordless drill is fine for most applications specific automatic plaster boarding screw guns can be purchased or hired for bigger jobs or the professional.

When screwing in dry wall screws avoid the paper surface of the plaster board being broken as this will weaken the effect of the plaster board fixing.

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