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A more recent alternative to traditional plastering is Taping and Jointing (also known as Drylining and Drywall). In the Taping and Jointing method of working the surface of the plaster board is taken as the finished surface and only the joints between plasterboards are 'plastered'.
|Examples of rooms which have been finished using the Taping and Jointing method.|
The Taping and Jointing method uses specialised plasters and jointing tapes and plasterboards. The plasterboards are tapered edged (TE) to allow the jointing tape to sit below the finished surface. Taping and Jointing is normally a 3-stage process.
Flush plasterboard joints are normally first taped with self adhesive fibre tape (scrim) and then given 1 coat of Joint Filler - a gypsum based plaster which chemically sets. The the Joint Filler is then given 2 coats of Joint Cement - an air drying material. Alternatively, flush joints can be finished with joint tape.
On external angles, a corner tape (paper tape with 2 metal bands attached to it) is normally applied to the corner using Joint Filler and given a further coat of Joint Filler. The the Joint Filler is then given 2 coats of Joint Cement. Alternatively if a more robust corner reinforcement is required, then Jointing and Taping can be used with thin skim angle beads can be used. For archways, Jointing and Taping can be used with arch beads.
On internal angles, an internal tape (paper tape) is normally applied to the corner using Joint Cement and given a 1 further coat of Joint Cement.The Joint Cement is air drying and dry is sanded to produce a finish.
Taping and Jointing plasters can be either hand or machine applied. Taping and Jointing can be quicker and cheaper to apply than traditional plastering and because there is less surface area to be finished and less water is used in the process.Large surfaces (especially ceilings) can be difficult for a single Plasterer to complete due to the time it takes the plasterer to coat up the whole surface and then double back on themselves to polish the plaster. Such large surfaces will either require more than one plasterer or have to include 'day work joints' which may be seen on the finished surface. In these situations, Taping and Jointing is a viable alternative, since the finish is not dependent on the setting time of the plaster.
The vast majority of new houses being built today are finished using the Taping and Jointing method.
examples of Taping
and Jointing work under taken
by Regency Construction include: