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Level 1
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
30 hours

Unit Learning Outcomes


Be able to select resources for fixing of dry lining boards. 

Dry lining resources

  • tapered edged boards
  • straight edges boards
  • dry lining rails
  • dry lining battens
  • joint tape
  • scrim tape
  • joint finish

Dry lining tools

  • drylining autofeed screw drill
  • screws
  • plasterboard knife

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Select appropriate resources for a given task involving the fixing of dry lining boards, including materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment. 


Be able to identify amount of dry lining board required for a given task.

Calculating quantities 

  • measuring area
  • selecting board size
  • calculating number of boards

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Use appropriate calculations to determine quantity, length and area of dry lining boards for a given task.


Be able to fix dry lining boards. 

Preparing to dryline

  • removing any screws or nails
  • removing any obstructions
  • clean background down

Drylining using battens

  • fix horizontal battens to background using screws and plugs
  • fix plasterboards to battens
  • cut boards where required

Drylining using dot and dab

  • fix dabs of plaster adhesive to wall
  • place board in position
  • check plumb
  • cut boards
  • continue until wall finished

Finishing board surfaces

  • fix scrim to straight board joints
  • skim coat boards
  • fix jointing tape to tapered boards
  • fill joints using dry wall jointing system. 

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Prepare background ready for receiving dry lining boards. 

  • 3.2

    Mechanically fix dry lining boards to either metal stud or wood batten backgrounds.

  • 3.3

    Fix dry lining boards using the dot and dab method. 

  • 3.4

    Skim coat the dry lining boards. 

  • 3.5

    Fill the tapered joints using dry lining techniques. 


Know about the environmental impact of dry lining.

Raw materials

  • Gypsum
  • cardboard
  • paper

Environmental impact

  • mining of raw materials
  • gypsum as a controlled waste
  • off cuts and landfill

Sustainable working

  • plasterboard waste recycling skip
  • using modular sizes to reduce cutting

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1

    Identify the raw materials used to produce dry lining resources.

  • 4.2

    Outline the impact on the environment of dry lining resources. 

  • 4.3

    Identify alternative methods of working to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of dry lining activities.