It is common to place GIB plasterboards beneath the walls for a smoother and lasting finish. However, any look you are going for will be ruined if the placement is faulty in any way or if the GIB fixer does not follow the correct practices. You weed out such professionals by knowing the things they should avoid doing when fixing the plasterboard. Here are four GIB fixing mistakes that a good fixer will not make.
Light falling on the joins
Lights can make a lot of difference in a house. That is why interior designers use it to get a particular effect in rooms. They also are experts at revealing the defects in the room or specifically, the wall. Therefore, GIB fixers in Waikato residents hire would typically avoid placing the plasterboard in such a way that light falls directly on the joins. Not doing this can result in the joins being clearly seen when someone walks into the room.
Having butt joins
Butt or cut joins of GIB plasterboards are when two tapering ends meet. With or without direct lights, they can be quite obvious on the wall. Therefore, most fixers avoid placing them that way. For this, they order boards that meet the dimensions of and fit the wall or ceiling. However, sometimes they are unavoidable. In such times, GIB fixers place such joins above doors to better mask them.
Placing GIB joins in busy areas
In a house, there are areas that see a lot of traffic and then some, where people don’t frequent much. Areas prone to movement can cause defects in GIB boards, especially at the joins. Therefore, it is good practice to keep the joins well away from high-traffic areas. Some of the areas in a house that are prone to movement include:
- Corners of the doors and windows: Door and window corners are prone to defects that can crack the board.
- Room or Hallway Junctions
- Stairwells: This is the most defect-prone area, which can be seen easily due to the lengths of the timbre.
Not back-blocking joins
Back-blocking helps strengthen the GIB joins. In New Zealand, you need to back-block areas where there are three or more joins. However, some of the best fixers back-block anywhere with two or more joins to ensure maximum safety. By doing so, they reduce the chances of peaking when timbre expands or contracts in a few years.
For beginners, it can be hard to find a GIB fixer they can trust to do a good job. However, a little knowledge about what they do and shouldn’t do can help you screen better. The key is asking your fixer questions on how they work and their practices. This will give you an idea if they are reliable or not.