Whether renovating a room or finishing the interiors of a self build, plasterboarding is a skill that can be learned relatively easily, and can save you a considerable amount of money at a point when your budget may be looking slim.

British Gypsum offer a metal stud product called Gypframe, which works in much the same way as a traditional wooden stud wall, but is much lighter and non-flammable. Here, we’ll be showing you how to plasterboard this metal frame, but the process is almost identical to using wooden stud; the main difference being the type of screw you’ll need to use to fix the plasterboard.

You’ll need:

  • Plasterboard — check online for the most suitable range of plasterboard for the room you’re working in
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Retractable knife
  • Surform/rasp
  • Screwdriver/electric drill
  • Metal plasterboard screws
  • Depth gauge
  • Fibre tape
  • Foot lifter

How to plasterboard

  1. Measure your frame dimensions. Ensure that when you take the width measurement, you measure from the wall to the centre of the vertical stud, rather than the edge. Write down your measurements and subtract 10mm from the vertical measurement.
  2. Transfer your measurements to the plasterboard and draw your cutting lines using your straight edge.
  3. Run the blade of your retractable knife along the straight edge, following the cutting lines you’ve drawn. It doesn’t need to go through the plasterboard fully.
  4. Turn the plasterboard onto its reverse side. It’s recommended that you use a second pair of hands to do this, to minimise heavy lifting.
  5. Gently lift the smaller flap of plasterboard that has been cut, and it should snap off.
  6. Use your retractable knife to cut through the backing paper on the plasterboard.
  7. Smooth off the edge of the cut board with a surform or rasp.
  8. Place the plasterboard against the metal stud frame and ensure it lines up correctly.
  9. Slide the foot lifter underneath the bottom of the board and lift it until it touches the ceiling — this is why you remove 10mm from your vertical measurement. The gap will eventually be covered by skirting board.
  10. Keeping the board lifted up, attach your first screw. It should sit around 5mm from the edge of the board. Use a depth gauge on your drill to ensure the screw doesn’t go too far into the board— it should sit just below being flush with the board.
  11. Continue to fix the board to the stud frame with screws on each side of the board, top to bottom, around 300mm apart. Add more screws across the top and bottom, and across the central stud frame.
  12. Remove your foot lifter and repeat the process on the adjacent piece of wall, ensuring that the new plasterboard sits completely flush with the edge of the first board.
  13. Using fibre tape cover the joints between the two boards, ensuring the tape goes over both the joint and the screws. Start at the top and work your way down. This will make skimming those areas much easier.

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