Fixing Plasterboard for Dummies. Plasterboard has been commonly used in residential construction for many years due to its ease of use for professional and quickness. Plasterboard can be a tricky material to work with however, especially if you are unfamiliar with it or a novice DIY-er. Plasterboard will be found in the majority of modern homes so it is worth-while becoming familiar with it as it is likely that at some point in time it will need to be repaired.
What is plasterboard?
Plasterboard, which is sometimes referred to as wallboard, drywall or gypsum board is a panel which is made by sandwiching gypsum plaster between two sheets of very thick paper.
What is it used for?
Plasterboard is commonly used in residential properties for internal walls and ceilings, on top of brick walls or similar solid structures.
What is plasterboard vulnerable to?It is hard to believe that a sandwich of plaster and paper is all that stands between a painted wall and the core brickwork. Plasterboard, despite its frequent use, does have vulnerabilities and can be easily damaged, particularly by water damage. While plasterboard on walls can be treated in wet environments such as bathrooms and kitchens it can still be effected by water where seals or treatments fail. Plasterboard walls that sustain water damage can be susceptible to mould and may need repairs or even replacement which can be difficult and expensive if unskilled.
Plasterboard walls are vulnerable to all kinds of damage including knocks by furniture and more. Again, this can become a costly occurrence for a novice DIY-er.
What to do when things go wrong?
When a plasterboard wall is knocked and damaged it can be a difficult task to fix it and it may need replacing altogether which when coupled with labour costs and VAT can become an intrusive and expensive job.
Can you fix a plasterboard wall problem yourself?
The short answer to this question is yes. It is possible to repair or replace a plasterboard wall that has been damaged but not without the correct tools or knowledge. Plastering courses will teach anyone who wishes to learn more about maintaining or extending their home how to deal with damaged plasterboard and how to use it effectively for building
work and small home extensions. For this reason many people are now turning to these DIY courses in order to save time and money and get the job done correctly first time. It is not essential to vow to become a plasterer by trade as many non-trade attendees are included on plastering courses who simply wish to build on their home improvement skill set.
Repairing and finishing the job
Once a damaged plasterboard wall has been repaired it will leave the DIY-er with a wall that needs to be repainted to fit in with the other panels and walls in the room. Unless the painter can remember the exact shade of paint, which may have changed slightly in recent years, it is better to look at colour matching.
Taking an original sample of the painted area to a DIY store that advertises paint matching is the most effective way to ensure that the paint used to repair the fixed and sealed plasterboard wall is an exact match and will provide a flawless finish.by