Plasterboard refers to a layer of gypsum sandwiched between linings of paper and various additives. The additives add different qualities to the plasterboard depending on the specific use that you need it for. It also varies the strength and weight of the plasterboard. Essentially, the gypsum comes in form of crystals with small amounts of water referred to as water of crystallisation. Whenever there is a fire outbreak, the water is given off, lowering the temperature and overall effect of the fire. This is one of the benefits of having plasterboards on your walls or ceiling. If you want to attach heavy stuff to your plasterboard panels, you need proper anchors for the job. Here is what you need to attach these fittings to your plasterboard panels:
Find the Studs in the Wall
You should begin by identifying the position of the studs in the wall. This is because the fixings will only work if you set them in a place where there are no studs behind the plasterboard sheet. For instance, a plasterboard relies on expansion to hold a fixing (such as a mirror) in place. Drilling a hole through the plasterboard and the stud limits expansion. It won't be able to stand to the weight of a heavy wall mirror. Ideally, use a stud finder to locate and map out all sections with studs before you start drilling the hole for the fixing.
Identify the Anchoring Spot
After mapping out the obstructive studs, the next stage is to identify the appropriate spot where you want to anchor your fitting. Mark this area then start drilling through the plasterboard. It is important to take your time and decide on the most appropriate spot for the fixing. Be sure to use a carpenter's level when setting the fixing to ensure that it is properly oriented on the plasterboard panel. One misstep when drilling and positioning the fixing means that you will need to patch up the boards and repaint. Too much work, right?
Secure the Fixing into the Plasterboard
With holes big enough to accommodate the fasteners, mount your fixing into the boards and fasten it using an appropriate screwdriver. Alternatively, you can also use a drill turn for the job. Turn it gradually in a clockwise direction until it starts to tighten. This shows that the fixing has expanded far enough to hold your mirror or other object securely.Share