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All information about drywall

Author: Glen Hunter
by Glen Hunter
Posted: Aug 08, 2017
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Drywall which is often called as plasterboard in Australia is one of the most widely used material in building homes. Most of the brick houses in Australia have some drywall walls and drywall ceilings and even a number of houses that are not brick clad have drywall ceilings and drywall interior walls.

Read on further to know what is drywall and what makes it widely used material in the world?

What is Drywall?

The search for better and efficient techniques in construction has brought about revolutionary changes in the materials and technology used in the construction industry. And, drywall is the result of one such innovation of the building materials.

For several decades, plaster made from sand, lime, animal hair and other ingredients were used to produce a flat interior finish. But later, it was found that gypsum dried much faster than lime, this made the moisture and mould resistant gypsum the key ingredient in plaster. It was in wide used until the 20th century, when the sheets of plasterboard started to replace conventional wet plastering.

These days quality drywall comes in various sizes and thicknesses. In Australian houses, plasterers usually use 2.4 metres long by 1.2 metres wide plasterboard, which is the same as a standard sheet of particle board or plywood. The sheets should be handled with great care as they are highly brittle and heavy weight.

With some simple tools and good skills you can easily make straight cuts in plasterboard. Simply mark the panel and score through one outer paper layer by using a utility knife and straight edge. After this, you snap off the unwanted excess along the score line.

Special plasterboard screws or nails are used to install plasterboard to the ceilings and walls. The nails and screws help gypsum to penetrate easily without shattering the plasterboard and also hold the heavy sheets firmly in place with their wide heads. They are sunk just underneath the surface of the plasterboard. When you have installed the plasterboard, fill the seams and indentations by using special plastering products like joint compound applied with a trowel.

Hiring an experienced Drywall installer

If you need plasterboard for the renovation of your house or anything other than a very small house improvement project, it's better to hire a professional drywall installer. It is best because they will help you to get beautiful and a smooth finish. They make their job look simple and fuss-free because they do it every day. They not only have the skilled to produce a smooth finish, but also know to use the best methods and products in any given situation. For instance, they only use special materials and techniques for wet surfaces.

Get in touch with the professional plastering supplies in Auckland and get a free quote today.

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Glen Hunter is an online marketing consultant, PHP programmer, project manager, writer, blogger & social media enthusiasts.

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