Plasterboarding: What you need to know for a DIY project

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Plasterboarding is the common choice when getting ready to plaster walls or ceilings, and there are a few reasons for this. 

Firstly, it is versatile as you can place it on top of bare brickwork or attach it to a frame without too much preparation. It is great for covering and hiding ugly walls. Another reason is that it is quicker to install and is ready to work with much sooner compared with solid plastering. It’s also a skill that is easier and quicker to pick up than traditional solid plastering, which makes it an ideal choice for DIYers. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.