Cutting Rigips: What options are there

Rigips panels are usually too large for assembly - even as one-man panels - and therefore have to be cut to size. Frequent cutting is also necessary because plasterboard must always be installed with offset. Depending on the type of plate, there are different ways to cut GK plates or composite plates.

The classic kind

You need: a sharp cutter, a metal profile, a hard edge

The easiest way to shorten normal thick GK plates by tearing at the desired cutting line along a metal profile with the cutter, the upper cardboard layer, then places the plate over a hard edge as possible and breaks it. With practice this will be a clean break line. The lower cardboard layer is then also cut with the cutter. This method is the fastest and easiest to cut GK boards. In most cases, it also works with composite panels, for example with insulated plasterboards, if the cutters are previously used to cut through the insulation layer. The break edges must then be slightly smoothed and cut with the cutter diagonally, which requires some skill, so that the chamfer is even. Better serve here an edge planer, which does the faster and cleaner than the cutting by hand.

Cutting Rigips: What options are there: options

The saw with thick plates

Thicker plasterboard or composite panels can also be cut much better with the saw. There are special Rigips saws - but these are usually nothing but a fine foxtail. With the jigsaw, it is also, and very precisely. Especially where you want to cut arcs or angles into thick plates, the jigsaw does you good job - even if it is a bit more time-consuming than the classical method.

Holes and recesses

Where, with freestanding walls, the cables or lines laid in the profile are to be removed from the wall, the plasterboard sometimes needs holes in the middle as well. Here it is best to use a hole saw attachment for the drill. It's easiest, quickest and cleanest. Cut out recesses on the edges of the plate but best with jigsaw or foxtail out.

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