Dry lining walls with plasterboard is one of the most common ways of completing the interior of a building. There’s little wonder that it’s popular as it offers a convenient and flexible means of creating good quality interior finishes in both residential and commercial buildings. But to make sure you get the best results possible and which will last for a long time it’s important to use the correct fixings. This applies both for attaching the boards themselves as well as the specialist fixings needed for assembling any required partitions and supporting frameworks.
Standard wood screws can of course be used where timber studs are used as the basis of partition walls. However, for metal stud partitioning and metal framed ceiling systems it’s best to use self-drilling wafer-head screws to assemble the framework. Because of their larger, flat heads these specialist fixings are ideal for applications where a greater clamping area is required than is provided by a traditional countersunk screw. This makes them perfect for use when attaching metal to metal as when assembling framework components. If using this type of screw for the complete job, including fastening boards to the partition framework, the slight downside is that the wafer head will of course stand clear of the panel. However, you can create a neat finish with a snap on plastic cap that covers the screw head, hiding it from view and providing a colour to match the panel itself if required.
This method is ideal for commercial applications such as partitions in offices where pre-finished decorative panels are being used and there’s no plaster skim involved to cover joints and fixing heads. Screws used in dry lining have phillips heads which means they can be inserted easily using a powered screwdriver. This makes for ease of handling as well as ensuring fast and straightforward installation. The screws are available in boxes of 1,000 so you can ensure that you have plenty in stock for whatever job you have in hand - after all there’s nothing more frustrating than finding you’re running out of screws when you’re part way through a project.
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