How to Create Dry Lining

In older houses, especially, it is not unusual for the plaster to be in such a poor state, that the whole lot has to be scraped off back to bare bricks. Here a new plaster surface can be created using Gyproc wallboard fixed to battens. This is called dry lining, i.e. little or no water is used. Wallboard can be cut with an ordinary handsaw. The boards have a paper surface, so be careful not to tear this when nailing the boards to the battens. Your supplier will advise on the correct nails to use.

  • Cut each board about 1-1/2in. less than room height. Lift them into position with a simple foot-lifter made from softwood. Nail each board onto the backing battens at 6in. intervals.

Dry Lining How to Create Dry Lining

  • A special applicator is needed to fill the joints between the boards. Joints filler is used here – mixed according to the instruction on the packed.
  • Press a complete length of joint tape down the joint, using a taping a knife.
  • Apply another band of filler over the tape immediately. Wipe off the surplus filler from the joints edges before it starts to set.
  • Tow band of joint finish (mixed according to instructions supplied) should be applied with the applicator. The first layer should be about 8in. wide. Feather out the edges with a sponge, working in light, circular strokes. When this band is partially dry, apply a second band about 1in. wide all down. Repeat the about process.
  • A final, thin coat of finish applied over the complete surface of the wallboards will even up the texture between the main surface and the joints.

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