Drylining, also known as interior wall insulation, is a popular method used to improve buildings’ thermal efficiency and aesthetics. Adding drylining to your walls is a much easier and quicker process than using traditional plaster, and it is much easier to get a smooth and even finish on your walls. If you are a beginner looking to undertake a drylining project, this step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the installation process, ensuring a successful outcome.
Step 1: Gather The Necessary Tools & Materials
Before starting your drylining project, gather the following tools, materials, and drylining supplies from a reputable supplier:
- Measuring Tape
- Drywall Panels
- insulation Boards
- Stud Finder
- Utility Knife
- Jointing Tape
- Joint Compound
Before starting your project, gathering all the required items will make the installation process more efficient. You can use many reputable suppliers, and you may already have some of the necessary tools and equipment.
Step 2: Prepare The Walls
Ensure the walls are clean, dry, and free from debris. Use a stud finder to locate the vertical wooden studs behind the existing wall surface. Mark their positions with a pencil. If necessary, remove any fixtures or electrical outlets. Take measurements of the walls and cut the insulation boards and drywall panels accordingly. It’s crucial to wear protective gloves and a mask during this stage to minimize exposure to dust and insulation materials.
Step 3: Install The Insulation Boards
Apply adhesive to the back of the insulation boards and press them firmly against the existing wall, ensuring they align with the marked stud positions. Use screws to secure the boards, ensuring they are evenly spaced and firmly attached. Repeat this process until the entire wall surface is covered with insulation boards. Ensure to maintain a continuous insulation layer, avoiding gaps or overlaps.
Step 4: Fix The Drywall Panels
Place the drywall panels over the insulation boards, ensuring they are aligned with the edges of the wall. Attach the panels to the wooden studs using screws, leaving a gap of approximately 3-5mm between each panel to allow for expansion. Use a utility knife to cut the panels to fit around windows, doors, or any other obstacles. Continue fixing the drywall panels until the entire wall is covered.
Step 5: Jointing & Finishing
Apply jointing tape over the joints between the drywall panels, ensuring it is centred and firmly pressed into place. Next, apply a layer of joint compound over the tape using a trowel, feathering the edges to create a smooth transition. Allow the compound to dry completely, then lightly sand it to achieve a seamless finish. Repeat this process for each joint, applying additional compound layers as needed. Finally, apply a thin layer of joint compound over the screw heads and any imperfections, sanding it down once dry. Your drylining installation is now ready for painting or wallpapering.
This step-by-step tutorial allows a beginner to undertake a drylining installation project successfully. Remember to prioritise safety by wearing protective gear and take your time to ensure each step is done correctly. The result will be a well-insulated and aesthetically pleasing interior wall that enhances your space’s comfort and energy efficiency.