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Are you planning on installing Gyprock over old maybe rendered or brick walls, but not sure how to batten out the walls first?
Well say no more!
Without a doubt, attaching the battens to the walls, and ensuring that they stay there is a difficult process.
Today we are joined by Josh Ferris from Ferris Building who gives us his top tips and techniques for wall battening. From analysing the condition of existing render, to creating the perfect attachment, Josh explains it all.
QUICK TIP FOR ANALYSING THE CONDITION OF THE WALLS
If you’ve got white set walls with bricks falling out, how do you find out whether or not the rest of the wall is damaged?
A quick tip is to knock on different parts of the wall. If the knocking sounds firm, then the wall is solid. However, if the knocking sounds hollow, then it has come off the bricks.
However, if you want to keep the wall as it is, you do not need to fix this. You can actually leave the small pockets as it is not a structural necessity to take them out.
TIPS ON HOW TO BATTEN OUT A WALL\
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Use wall plugs! To do this drill into the wall and then knock the wall plug into the holes. Make sure the hole is the right size for the wall plug so that is can get grip. The little groves on the outside of the wall plug “bite” into the brickwork. This does come with a warning – it is a SLOW process.
Hint: use bigger wall plugs if you can’t get the “bite” on those plugs. However, the easiest thing to do is to drill it well, so keep moving to another spot.
Know what your finishes are going to be once you have sheeted the wall. For example, do you want to put a dado rail up on the finished wall? Knowing where your battens are under the sheeting will mean that you can ensure that the fixings are located in the right spots to grab onto the battens not just into the Gyprock.
Plan ahead. If you want a picture rail, a chair rail or panelling, then it is so important to plan how we will fix the Gyprock to the walls. In the case of a picture rail you may be wanting to hand art of substancial weight from it over time. Hence you may choose to place your battens closer together so you are able to have more fixing points behind the Gyprock for the picture rail to anchor to.
Make sure you mark on the floor where your battens are, using a texta. This is so that when you connect your picture rail or dado rail, you know exactly where to put them.
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