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Monday, 11 December 2006
Plasterboard is probably the most common material used for ceilings in South Africa today.  It is reasonably priced, looks neat, fairly simple to install and provides good sound and thermal insulation.

Boards come in standard widths of 900 mm and 1200 mm and lengths ranging from 2700 mm to 4800 mm (in increments of 300 mm).  They can be easily trimmed with a cutting blade.  Thickness is usually 6.4 mm.

As plasterboard is fairly messy to work with, always use a large plastic sheet under the area you are working on.  Boards should be carried on edge when they are being transported by laid flat, preferably stacked on timber lengths placed evenly apart so they don't bend or warp.

Plasterboard is attached to the roof trusses.  Where the trusses are less than 1000 mm apart branding should be used measuring 38 mm x 50 mm and where the trusses are between 1200 mm to 1400 mm, brandering should measure 50 x 50 mm.

The gap at the edges along the wall is usually covered with cornicing that should be fixed to either the brandering OR the wall, but NOT both as if there is any movement the cornice could be damaged.

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