Dry lining
is a generic term applied to the use of, typically, plasterboard on timber or metal frames. Or, in the case of a finish to blockwork walls, on plaster ‘dabs’ as a replacement to conventional building practices ‘wet trades’ where brick or block, or more traditionally lath and plaster would be specified.

The term dry lining strictly applies to the use of plasterboard to replace a sand and cement or wet plaster finish to internal blockwork, although it’s use has become more broadly associated with internal fit out throughout the building.

In this application the term studwork, from the timber or metal studs that form the frame to which the boards are fixed, is more commonly used.


example of plaster 'dabs'

One method of dry lining that has ease of application and finish is dot and dab, where adhesive in dabs is put on the wall and the plasterboard then stuck to it.

The advantage over wet plaster is speed, where drying time is an issue, a dot and dab wall can be finished and decorated in a shorter time, at the same time increasing the thermal properties of the wall over traditional float and set plaster.

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