How to have Premium Quality Plasterboard GIB Fixing: Do’s and Don’ts

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Real Estate Agent with Be Basic CEO

Home is where the heart is. Home is one of the most serious investments in one’s life. Making sure the right tools are used and the job is efficiently done is a priority.

 

Choose professionals and no one else for the best experience. The job demand precision and hands-on experience for a long-lasting and beautiful home. They know what to do, and they do it with ease and appropriation. Pick someone who is reliable and gives you an end product that is visually appealing and practically robust.

 

GIB fixing is one of the cores to building a sturdy and long-lasting house, so you can spend your life in it without thinking of the future. Not only houses, businesses, and offices also need their most suitable architectural appeal.

 

The Suitable Plasterboard 

 

The next most important aspect is making sure the materials used are the best. The plasterboard quality matters; it determines the life of the house. Select from a range of plasterboard available in the market based on your needs. Choosing the right plasterboard will serve the purpose of the build. For instance — for damp areas of the house, use dry plasterboard, for spaces more vulnerable to damage like staircase and garage, used plasterboards high in density, for areas highly flammable, and use fireguard plasterboard. Initial correct investments made will save you bucks later.

 

Metal Battens and Timber Battens: Making the Structure Rigid

 

Metal Battens gives ultimate support. High-risk areas should preferably use metals instead of timber battens. Plasterboards attached to metal buttons tend to provide more rigidity and support and a more stable substrate that will not shrink or warp.

 

Layout Design

 

Pre-plan the layout and the alignment of the plasterboards. This will save time and be more cost-effective. Use full-length sheets to reduce joints forming. Horizontal gib fixing is the most preferred alignment; it ensures the joints are below the eye level. Any glance light from windows or doors is less likely to make the joints and shadow visible. We want to run in the same directions as the light. In case the source of light is vertically above, plasterboards should be installed vertically.

 

The areas which are prone to movements like windows and doors should avoid joints. These joints usually crack up. Vertical fixings near the plasterboard should be 200mm inside the window or door. No overboard should be done if the length above and below the window and doors are less than 600mm.

 

Back-Blocking 

 

Keep in mind to back- block on ceilings and staircases. When three or more joins are there on the ceiling, back-blocking should be a priority. Timber expands and contracts seasonally; this could create peeking between the plasterboards. To minimize the chances of peeking and strengthen the structure, back-blocking should be done. It is the process of putting laminating strips of plasterboard to the back surface of plasterboard directly behind the joints using an adhesive that is plaster- based. The best adhesive, according to the industry standards, is Cove Bonds.

 

Intricacies are an eye for detail

 

Tightly fixed corners that are smoothly placed against one other should be made sure of. Both internal and external corners should be fastened to a common stud and glued properly, and finished with screws.

 

Screws and not nails are the universal standard. 

 

Do not use hammers for cut-outs of switchboards. Trace the location of the electrical outlet and then use a keyhole saw.

 

Complete with gib stoppers for curves and smooth lining of joints use lime-based products they recommend by the Government. 

 

Finalize with paint coats to give your house the ultimate smooth feel.

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