The plasterboard partition

The plasterboard partition

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Which tiles?

The dimensions are variable, but the tiles most often measure 66 x 50 cm. The most common thicknesses are 5, 7, 8 and 10 cm. The first (5 cm) is especially suitable for lining partitions. For partition walls, 7 or 8 cm tiles are generally used, while a thickness of 10 cm provides good sound insulation. There are also vertical honeycomb tiles which have the advantage of allowing drying air circulation inside the partition.

Easy installation

It is the ease of installation of plaster tiles that made them successful. Indeed, the assembly of the partitions is done quickly, using a special glue, based on plaster, called "binder-glue", which must be mixed with water. It is easier to use than plaster thanks to its plasticity and a setting retarder: the use time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Tools & materials

• Spirit level
Mason rule
Mason's chisel
Screwdriver drill
Trough to spoil
Coating knife


The plasterboard partition being massive, it supports well the hanging of objects, even heavy. It can also be embedded in the pipes (plumbing and electricity, which is essential in a bathroom) and perform seals. The adhesive binder can be used as a plaster before painting. You can directly glue a tile or wallpaper on a plasterboard partition.


Use a standard handsaw for all cuts. Take the measurements using a meter or by putting the tile in position and make a plot. Lay the tile flat on a support and cut like a piece of wood. To know everything about the walls in the DIY section. Know-how © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2005