General tips, on how to install or hang plasterboard.
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  • Plasterboard sheets should always be placed at right angles to framing members.


  • Plasterboard should always have a 10mm gap between the floor and the 1st wall sheet.


  • Never place a nail next to or through a daub of plasterboard adhesive.


  • Only apply plasterboard adhesive when you are ready to fix the plasterboard sheet. If the plasterboard adhesive is applied too soon, it will form a skin and not bond to the plasterboard sheet.


  • Evenly space plasterboard adhesive daubs across the width of the sheet.


  • Do not nail centre of plasterboard wall sheets. If the plasterboard sheets need pinning back, nail through a temporary plasterboard block and remove the block and nail after the plasterboard adhesive has set. This will prevent popped nail heads.


  • Keep plasterboard nails around doors and window close enough to the edge so the architrave will cover them.


  • Make sure all plasterboard nail heads are below the surface. (If you break the paper around a nail head put another nail beside it to avoid popping).


  • Double nail or screw the center of plasterboard ceiling sheets about 40 mm apart, this helps prevent plasterboard nails or screws popping.


  • Wherever possible keep plasterboard recessed edges together and butt edges together. Avoid plasterboard recessed edges and butt edges adjoining each other.


  • Never place plasterboard butt joints directly over the door stud or window stud.


  • Always back block plasterboard ceiling joins.


  • Use plasterboard back blocking cement or cornice cement for back blocking.


  • Citric acid will slow down the setting time of plasterboard back blocking/cornice cement, use about a teaspoon full in a back blocking mix.


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