How to plasterboard a stud wall

Tim Williams
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How to plasterboard a stud wall

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Project Overview

Plastering is a basic building skill. You can save time and money by doing it yourself. We will show you how to properly hang plasterboard on a wall. You’ll also learn how to quickly cut trim plaster to size and see the best way to use stud adhesive.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How to build and plasterboard a stud wall

Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure the wall and trim the plasterboard to size
2 A trick plasterers use to get a better looking finish
3 Put stud adhesive on the wall studs
4 Hang the plasterboard on the wall
  • Step 1. Measure the wall and trim the plasterboard to size

    Measure the dimensions of your wall and mark the cutting line on your plasterboard. Then use a trimming knife to score your sheet along the line and fold the scored section back. Finish the trim by cutting through the cardboard on the other side of the fold. Keep your offcuts to chock up your bottom sheet before you nail it on the wall.
  • Step 2. A trick plasterers use to get a better looking finish

    To get a better-looking wall finish, some plasterers use a half-height sheet as their bottom sheet. They then lay a full sheet on top as a second row. This keeps the joins between sheets of plasterboard below and above the normal line of sight.
  • Step 3. Put stud adhesive on the wall studs

    Use your paint scraper to daub two or three blobs of stud adhesive on every wall stud you are about to put a sheet on. Avoid the end studs, because the adhesive can shrink and make the end nails rise up. To keep your adhesive fresh, only apply enough for the sheet you are currently working on.
  • Step 4. Hang the plasterboard on the wall

    Place the bottom sheet up against the wall, sitting on the offcut chocks so it is slightly off the floor. Nail it into place on every stud, top and bottom. Now repeat the process for each row of sheeting as you work up the wall – daub on the stud adhesive, and nail the sheet in place. If a sheet hangs over the end of a wall slightly, you can trim it in place by using the score/fold/cut method you used in Step 1.
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