Steps to Fitting a Plasterboard Ceiling

Fitting a Plasterboard Ceiling
Help for Homeowners

Fitting a plasterboard ceiling can appear to be a very cumbersome job but if viewed from a different angle, the task is certainly not at all difficult as you might think. By following the given 7 steps, you would definitely be able to be successful in fitting plasterboard. So, here go the magic 7 steps:

Know the materials needed: for the plasterboard ceiling installation in London, there are a few materials that you would need. They are…..

  • 50 mm x 50 mm sawn wood
  • Lengths of wood strips to help support plasterboard
  • 5 mm plasterboard
  • 38 mm drywall screws
  • Perforated plasterboard tape
  • Joint Filler
  • Sand paper of 120 grades
  • Tape measure
  • Rubber- bladed filler applicator or plastering trowel
  • Trestles and planks or aluminium platform to stand on
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Knife (Stanley type)
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Wood saw

Know the total area of plasterboard ceiling: suppose the roof ceiling is non-sloping, then, the area of the floor is the area of plasterboard ceiling required. Plasterboard is generally available in 2.4 x 1.2m (2.8m²), 1.8 x 1.2m (2.1m²) and 1.2 x 0.9 m (1.08m²). These are readily available at any hardware or builder stores.

Support the plasterboard well: plasterboard ceiling installation can be successful only if the plaster boards are well supported. If there is no wood between the joists where they meet the wall, nail in some noggins. You should also use noggins between the joists where the long edges of the plasterboard will be positioned.

Where to start: this is perhaps the most pertinent question that can crop up. Fitting plasterboard should always begin from the extreme corner of the room and then it should be continued.

Other details: One must always use 38 mm plasterboard screws to fix the board to the joists and noggins. This is because screws are always better than nails. Nails tend to damage the joints when hammered.

Fixing: Use a fixing at an interval of every 150 mm. The fixing should be kept at a distance of 13 mm at the broad edge and at least 10 mm at the factory bound edge.

How to use screws: Be sure that you do not put the screws too deep inside as this might damage the plasterboard ceiling. Stop inserting the screw as you see the head of the screw dipping in and disappearing inside the board.

These are the 7 basic steps and criteria that must be kept in mind while you are getting a plasterboard ceiling installation. These steps would help you get the plasterboard ceiling fitted without much hassle and also they would ensure that the plasterboards are not damaged. As a primary step, you should keep all the materials ready before you start off with the installation. Be sure to begin from one corner and then carry on for the rest of the roof ceiling. Stay confident while you fit the plasterboard. All the best!

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