How To Install Plasterboard - With & Without Drilling

Posted by Lawrie Fraser on 14th February 2024

How to install plasterboard, with and without a drill - adhesives, velcro, glue and more

Here is ways you can install plasterboard without drilling or using screws.

Adhesive Method:

  • Use a strong adhesive specifically designed for bonding plasterboard to walls.
  • Clean the wall surface thoroughly to ensure good adhesion.
  • Apply the adhesive evenly on the back of the plasterboard.
  • Press the plasterboard firmly against the wall and hold it in place until the adhesive sets.
  • Use temporary supports such as props or braces to keep the plasterboard in position until the adhesive cures completely.

Plasterboard Adhesive Tape:

  • Use adhesive tape designed for fixing plasterboard to walls.
  • Apply the adhesive tape along the edges of the plasterboard.
  • Press the plasterboard firmly against the wall, ensuring that the tape adheres properly.
  • Use additional tape strips across the back of the plasterboard for added support.
  • Use temporary supports to hold the plasterboard in place until the adhesive sets.

Velcro Strips:

  • Attach Velcro strips to the back of the plasterboard and corresponding strips to the wall.
  • Press the plasterboard against the wall, ensuring that the Velcro strips align properly.
  • Firmly press the plasterboard onto the Velcro strips to secure it in place.
  • Use additional Velcro strips or adhesive for added support if necessary.

Magnetic Mounting Systems:

  • Install magnetic mounting systems on both the plasterboard and the wall.
  • Align the magnets and attach the plasterboard to the wall.
  • Adjust the positioning as needed to ensure proper alignment.
  • Use additional magnets or adhesive for extra support if required.

Wire Hanging Systems:

  • Install wire hanging systems on the wall and corresponding hooks on the back of the plasterboard.
  • Hang the plasterboard onto the wire hooks and adjust the positioning as needed.
  • Ensure that the wire system can support the weight of the plasterboard adequately.
  • Use multiple wire hooks for larger plasterboard sheets.

Before proceeding with any method, ensure that the wall surface is clean, dry, and free from any debris. Additionally, consider the weight and size of the plasterboard sheets to determine the appropriate method and support required. Always follow manufacturer instructions for any adhesive or mounting systems used.

Here is ways you can install plasterboard with drilling: 


Materials Needed:


  1. Prepare the Area: Clear the area where you will be installing the plasterboard. Ensure the surface is clean and free from any debris.
  • Locate Studs: Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall or ceiling where you will be attaching the plasterboard. Mark the stud locations lightly with a pencil.
  1. Measure and Cut: Measure the dimensions of the area where you will be installing the plasterboard. Use a utility knife to score the plasterboard sheet according to your measurements. Snap the sheet along the scored line to cut it to size.
  2. Position the Plasterboard: Hold the plasterboard sheet against the wall or ceiling, aligning it with the marked stud locations. Make sure it is level using a straight edge.
  3. Screw the Plasterboard: With the plasterboard in position, begin screwing it into place. Start at one corner or edge and work your way across, placing screws approximately every 8 to 12 inches along the studs. Sink the screws slightly below the surface of the plasterboard without breaking the paper layer.
  4. Continue with Additional Sheets: If you are installing multiple sheets of plasterboard, repeat steps 3-5 for each sheet, ensuring proper alignment and securing each sheet to the studs.
  5. Trimming: If necessary, trim the edges of the plasterboard to fit the space using a utility knife.
  6. Finishing: Once all the plasterboard sheets are installed, you can proceed with finishing techniques such as joint taping, mudding, and sanding to achieve a smooth surface ready for painting or other finishes.
  7. Clean Up: Dispose of any excess material and clean up the work area.
  8. Inspect: After installation, inspect the plasterboard to ensure it is securely fastened and level. Make any necessary adjustments or repairs as needed.
  9. Optional Steps: Depending on the specific requirements of your project, you may need to add additional steps such as insulation installation, electrical wiring, or applying a moisture barrier.

Remember to follow any specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of the plasterboard and use proper safety gear throughout the installation process. If you are unsure about any aspect of the installation, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional contractor.

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