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.
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.