How to correctly install plasterboard according to instructions

Plasterboard panels are very easy to install, in contrast to other building materials. With the right guidance, even less experienced home improvement workers can disguise old and uneven masonry or even build new walls.

Plasterboard as alternatives to other building materials

Gypsum plasterboards are very popular alternatives to other building materials such as mortar and stones. As an alternative to plastering the practical plates are very well suited. You have to do some preliminary work. You will get very good results if you carefully carry out each required step. These include, for example, the following works:

  • Preparing the old walls in terms of cleaning and removing loose materials.
  • In most cases, you will need to build a substructure. Incidentally, this also applies to the construction of drywall walls.
  • The plasterboard is mounted to the substructure. You can do this relatively quickly and easily with suitable screws.
  • Then comes the filling, in which you provide joints and screw holes with putty and smooth the surface.
  • Before you stick wallpaper, you have to apply a primer to the plasterboard.

What to look for when working with plasterboard

Before you start laying, you need a substructure that can be made of metal or wood. Most people use substructures made of wood, because this material is particularly easy to process. In addition, the plates can be fixed well to the wooden strips later. Before you buy the plasterboard, you should think about their size and strength. Use a sufficient thickness, such as 12.5 millimeters. Use as large a plate as possible to get as few transitions as possible.

Installation of panels on the substructure

The work works best if you have a helper with you. In this way, you can also handle larger gypsum board without problems and mount it to the wall. In some cases, you will not be able to get by without an assistant anyway. When laying the panels next to each other, small joints are created which are best covered with a joint tape. Later, these joints will be filled and sanded to give them a smooth surface. When you cut the panels, use a simple utility knife to cut the paper surface. Then break the panels over an edge (such as a work surface).

Work on installation of plasterboard

Once the panels have been attached to the wall, start with the spatula. This operation must be carried out in several steps. Be very careful, so that you will later have a smooth surface on which you can easily apply a wallpaper or paint. Apply a primer after the spatula has dried. To keep a white surface, you can also mix the primer with some white paint.

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