Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More plasterboard linings installed

16 Oct 2012: [Extension] Well my wife is showing signs of boredom with the OSB board finish (and so am I). We need a lighter and more reflective surface. It is time to make a big advance with the plasterboard lining. I've now done more than half the walls, and it has gone quite well - no major problems. It gets easier with each occasion. The usual things apply - you have to work really fast once you have started, and you have to clean everything very thoroughly afterwards if the tools or buckets are going to be of any use. I must, by the way, thank YouTube for having some good tutorials on Dab and Plaster, so I go into this confident that I have the right tools and technique.
First board goes up on the south wall. Using the Irwin clamps at the top and temporary timbers on the skirting ground, it is easy and tidy to hold the board firmly against the structural wall while the adhesive sets.My first attempts were almost entirely coated with glue, but the correct technique is to use dabs, that are squeezed when you put the board in place, ensuring a good connection. The edges have to be fully lined with adhesive, and the middle areas dabbed.
The board needed about 3cm trimming off its length, and then it fitted perfectly (important to do the cut before mixing and placing the adhesive!) Any visible joints or minor imperfections do not matter as the whole thing will be skimmed later… although if the work is neat enough perhaps it just needs to be wallpapered. We will see.Now it is time for the east wall, either side of the windows. I am using roof battens as bowstrings in compression to push the board evenly against the structural wall. I seem to have the knack of knowing how much adhesive to make for each board. Only once so far have I had to rush back to the bag of powder and mix a tiny bit more.
Final wall of the evening is the upper south wall, and here are the dabs. Yes, a bit messy, but I might as well use the whole bucketful of adhesive even if professionals would do it with smaller amounts of adhesive.The board is in, no cutting required as a 900x1800mm size is what the wall needs. The kitchen broom turns out to be the perfect length for pushing the board against the brick wall.

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