Dry lining is the covering of a background surface with a plaster substitute. Simply it is the fitting of plasterboard to any surface instead of hard plaster. Due to its ease and speed of use as well as it being clean to apply compared to wet plaster its use has grown immensely in popularity in recent years. It is a popular choice as it avoids most of the problems with hairline cracking and avoids the wait for wet plaster to dry.
The background to which the plasterboard is fixed can be timber, metal or masonry each requiring a different fixing method.
When dry lining timber or metal we call this “tacking” and this is a fairly easy process. The plasterboard sheets are measured, cut to shape and fixed using nails or screws for strength
Dot and Dab
When dry lining masonry this is called “Dot and Dab” This form of dry lining involves using plasterboard adhesive. The adhesive is applied to the wall and the plasterboard is then gently pushed onto the evenly spaced dabs