Plasterboard can be processed easily

Gypsum plasterboard is a very popular part of drywall construction, as it can be used to both hang ceilings and create or repair walls. Processing the plates is not a problem if you keep a few important things in mind.

Above all, the correct processing of the plates is important

It is very important that you get smooth walls without joints or screw holes after work. The correct installation is important, and the subsequent work in the form of putty work and the subsequent grinding should be carried out as conscientiously and carefully. The work will be carried out in several steps:

  • First, the respective wall surfaces must be prepared. Either you have to make a base frame to build a new wall or prepare an old masonry using mounting brackets for attaching the plasterboard.
  • Then you have to cut the plasterboard to the desired dimensions. It is best to use plates as large as possible, so that you get a few transitions to neighboring plasterboard.
  • The assembly itself is done simply by screwing the plates to the existing stud frame in the form of wooden slats or a metal rod. Important: Fully countersink the screws so that you can completely fill the screw holes afterwards.
  • Once the panels have been installed, the putty work begins. These should be done carefully to give you a smooth surface.

The subsequent putty work

With the right technique and a little practice, you will achieve very good results when filling plasterboard. It's about filling the joints between the plates and filling the screw holes with putty. When applying the first layer of putty, it is best to use a smoothing trowel to apply the compound across the joint and press into it. Then you can remove the excess mass with the wide side along the joint. Clean the trowel in between with a small spatula. When working on the vertical joints, it is best to work from the bottom up.

Filling in several operations

If you did not have any smooth surfaces when first trowelling, let the filler dry thoroughly and then apply a second and finer layer. Apply the putty so that you can easily remove excess material later with the spatula and sandpaper.

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