basic plasterboarding

basic plasterboarding

Modern plasterboard was invented in 1920. It always seemed odd to me that particularly in the UK, builders install plasterboard and then put plaster over the top of it. They invented Plasterboard to make that job easier. The main reason people plaster over plasterboard is to give better durability to the wall. But most of the world just install it and paint it and you’re done.

If you are about to do some renovations or just want to add to your skill set, join us for one of our practical classes and learn the techniques of plasterboarding. Becoming a good plasterer requires a lot of skill and many months, some plasterers would say years of practice. It’s not just knowing how to put the material on the wall, it’s knowing when, how thick, the right mix and how quick and this usually changes every job as it depends on the suction of the wall, the temperature, what type of wall you are plastering and the list goes on but it doesn’t need to be this complicated and in most cases even necessary.

For most homeowners, painted plasterboard is more than good enough as a finished wall without the added expense of hiring a plasterer. It’s pretty hard-wearing, you can paint it, repairing any damage is easy and all of this you can do yourself with a few skills and a little confidence.

So if you are knocking down some walls, putting up some walls, opening up doorways or just want to cover up an unsightly wall yourself, this class is designed for you.

Content score (practical/info-theory): 5/5

The Great British Woodshop practical series classes are a good follow-on from our Skills Classes where you can take the knowledge you have learned and put it to practical use in a more targeted or focused way.

Learn these skills:

  • How to cut and fix plasterboard to walls and ceilings
  • How to tape joints
  • Square edge and tapered edge board, fire board, aqua board, insulated board, moisture resistant, acoustic, impact resistant, foil-backed and flexible board
  • How to deal with internal and external corners
  • How to cut and fix angle beads around windows, corners, and reveals
  • How to cut and fix stop beads
  • How to mix plastering materials
  • How to use trowels and hawks
  • Fixing holes and touch-ups
  • Sealing the wall and prepping for painting


Refund policy: refund up until 7 days before the event at which point the course is non-refundable.


Location: The Great British Woodshop, Oakcroft Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6JH

Learn the skills required to cut and fix plasterboard to walls and ceilings including surface preparation, taping and filling, repairs, dealing with corners and much more.

Price: £60



"Excellent course. David taught us plasterboarding in clear steps and kept us engaged through a mix of direct teaching, questioning and practical experience. He watched us carefully and gave individual hints so that we left feeling confident that we could tackle our projects. Thank you David!"
Basic Plasterboarding and Filling course
"Great course, with clear and helpful direction from David. I have gained a good understanding of basic Plasterboarding and filling and now feel fully confident in tackling my dining room ceiling! I am also very envious of your amazing workshop David! Paul"
Paul Keane
Basic Plasterboarding and Filling course
"I was given this as a Christmas present, and what a brilliant gift it proved to be. David is a personable and highly knowledgeable teacher, with a vast array of power tools available. He carefully checked what I wanted to get out of the day before we started, and made sure we achieved it all. As a late starter, I was chuffed to get the advice and confidence I need in selecting the tools I am yet to buy, and in setting up and using those I already have. Thoroughly recommended."
Roger Pinnock
Basic Plasterboarding and Filling course