If you are planning to partition, flatten or smoothen your home or office wall, consider dry lining. Dry lining is a walling technique that can be used to clad internal walls and ceilings to create a smooth finish without the use of wet plaster.

Before going into its benefits, let's give a quick definition of dry lining:

When you dry-line a wall instead of skimming it with wet plaster, you attach sheets of dry plasterboard to it. The plasterboard can be attached with adhesive, nails, or screws. If you would rather not wet the plaster, you can fill it in and tape it over the joint. At this point, you can decorate the wall.

In the same way, that skimming on wet plaster has advantages and disadvantages, dry-lining has some advantages and some disadvantages.

So, what are the benefits of dry lining?

1. Easy decoration

Plasterboard gives you a dry finish instantly, so you can paint or decorate it as you wish, immediately after the installation process. If you chose a traditional plastering technique, you would need to wait for it to dry before painting.

2. It's clean, quick and efficient

Dry lining involves creating a timber frame and nailing plasterboard on it. Within a few minutes, you will have your wall in place, as such, plasterboarding guarantees you the cleanest, quickest, and most convenient way to partition your house or office.

3. Guaranteed insulation

Block and brick walls are poor insulators. However, dry lining leaves a cavity that can be packed with insulation material. Therefore, the dry lining can help you create rooms with better insulation.

4. Easily conceals wires and pipes

Are pipes and wires affecting the look of your home? The dry lining gives you the most effective way of disguising ugly wiring and pipework on the walls.

5. Allows for easy renovation

You can dry line any wall within your house or office. As such, it is possible to improve the look of individuals rooms as you wish. You can also get rid of uneven walls with plasterboarding. If you are planning to improve the appearance of a room, office, or commercial space, dry lining is a great solution. Amaroc provides all the materials you need for dry lining, and we offer free shipping on hand tools and bead orders over £70.

We don't shy away from disadvantages as we like helping our customers weigh their options. Here are the downsides of dry lining:

There are some disadvantages to using plasterboard. This type of plaster does not offer the same level of soundproofing as wet plaster, and fitting it around dormers and window reveals can be a challenge. Adding a wall-mounted radiator or shelving to your wall can also be difficult. A cavity will be left behind when you attach plasterboard to your walls with adhesive, which takes up valuable room space in your house.

Always keep safety in mind while dry lining

Keep these three things in mind when dry-lining:

  • Use safety goggles and dust masks at all times.
  • When handling products of this type, always wear gloves.
  • Whenever cutting or sawing metal, always wear safety goggles and a mask. Remove all metal dust and small pieces before beginning work again.

Now that you have safety precautions, read on to find tips on how to dry line your walls with ease.

How to prep your wall

Marking the walls and ceiling with guidelines will help you put the plasterboard in the right place so that it stays straight on the wall once it's installed.

Step 1

Work your way away from the opening in the window to measure the board widths. In the next step, measure the plasterboard width across an off-cut of plasterboard. Give yourself an extra 10mm for the adhesive that will secure the window sections to the reveal.

Step 2

Make vertical plumb lines from the floor to the ceiling, extending the marks from the floor to the ceiling.

Step 3

Mark the line with chalk by drawing a vertical line down it. This will serve as your guideline for the first board. As you move across the room, mark the positions of your boards.

Step 4

The top board should have 12.5mm thickness (which will be the finish line), and the adhesive should be 10-15mm thick. Mark this line.

Getting the corners

One of the challenges of using dry lining is the difficulty of getting the corners coved. Have no fear, here are some steps you can take to ensure even the smallest of corners are plastered.

A paper-faced metal angle bead can be stuck in place with a jointing compound to make a perfect finish along with internal corners and where you join your floor to your ceiling. To achieve a smooth finish, you will need an internal corner trowel with steel blades.

Step 1

You should begin by measuring the height of the wall. By first cutting from one side to the other, you will get the angle bead to be 12.5mm shorter than the wall height.

Step 2

With a filling knife, spread the jointing compound on the corner, just beyond the extent of the angle bead.

Step 3

The angle bead should be pressed into the corner.

Step 4

Use an internal corner trowel to smooth the topcoat of the jointing compound.

How to smooth joints

A smooth finish can only be achieved by plastering the plasterboard. Professionals are best suited for this job, as it is a highly skilled one. Nevertheless, jointing compound and jointing tape can still be used to give your plasterboard joints an acceptable finish. All joints should be completely dry before you fill in any gaps, joints, and next walls. Once your surface has been primed with drywall primer, it's time to decorate.

Step 1

Jointing compound should be mixed in a bucket and rubbed down or along joints with a filling knife or scraper.

Step 2

Press the jointing tape in place after cutting a piece of tape the length of the joint.

Step 3

A coating knife blade can be used to press the jointing compound flush to the surface of the taped joint. Use a damp sponge to smooth the surface of the compound and feather the edges. The sponge should be rinsed and wrung thoroughly every time, as too much moisture can weaken the joint.

Step 4

After the compound has dried, remove it from the oven. Use a sanding block to very lightly sand any bumps if necessary.

For more information on the dry lining, contact Amaroc today.