Dry lining

Plasterboard Dry lining is an approved system which allows contractors such as ourselves to plasterboard walls, ceilings and feature walls and bulkheads. These can be carried out using a variety of boards from fire, acoustic, moisture and heat values this system is finished using a tape and joint system which leaves the boards smooth and ready for decoration.

Dry lining has grown immensely in popularity over the past 15 years in this country due to it being quick and relatively clean to apply compared to two coat plaster systems. Dry lining quite simply means the application of plasterboard to surfaces such as timber, masonry or metal using different fixings for each background.

When Dry lining Timber or metal we call this ‘Tacking’ and this is a fairly easy process. Measure the sheet of plasterboard, make any necessary cuts then fix the plasterboard to the timber ceiling joists or timber stud walls using clout nails or preferably drywall screws for better strength .

When dry lining Masonry this is commonly known as ‘Dot and Dab’ this form of dry lining is much more skilled than the above ‘Tacking’ as it involves using plasterboard adhesive. The adhesive is applied to the wall as fist sized dabs using a hawk and trowel. The plasterboard is then gently pushed onto the evenly spaced dabs and checked for levels and square vertically and horizontally.