Drywall or Plasterboard?

Last updated: April 30, 2024

Deciding between plasterboard and drywall shouldn’t be daunting since they both refer to the same product: gypsum boards. These versatile boards come in various sizes, with 8ft x 4ft (2400cm x 1200cm) sheets being the most common, and typically with a ½” – 12.5 mm thickness. Plus, they offer different types to suit your needs, such as standard, mould or moisture resistant, and fire resistant options.

For construction or renovation projects, drywall proves to be a top choice due to its cost-effectiveness and ease of installation. Whether you’re a seasoned tradesman or a DIY enthusiast, dry lining can yield impressive results. Compared to wet plastering, it’s not only more affordable but also quicker to install, saving you both time and money. With drywall, you can achieve a smooth and polished finish without the hassle, making it an ideal solution for a range of applications.

What is Plasterboard or Drywall?

Plasterboard is a type of building material used extensively in interior construction. It consists of a core made from gypsum plaster, a naturally occurring mineral, which is sandwiched between two layers of paper.

Installing the Plasterboard

We can all appreciate and value the use of hand tools for various jobs, from the classic hammer to screwdrivers and many more; however, specialized power tools can ease our efforts and return better time management.

The Advantages of Using Collated Guns

Using collated screws or nails with a collated gun can indeed be a convenient and efficient way to install plasterboard. Collated screws or nails are typically used with specialised screw guns or nail guns designed for this purpose. These tools can speed up the installation process significantly compared to manually driving individual screws or nails.

When using a collated gun for plasterboard installation, it’s essential to ensure that you select the appropriate type and size of screws or nails compatible with both the collated gun and the plasterboard. Additionally, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the collated gun and the fasteners to ensure proper installation and optimal performance.

Speed and EfficiencyCollated guns automatic screw feeding, speeding up the process, ideal for large-scale projects.
Reduced FatigueRequires less physical effort compared to manual screw driving, reducing operator fatigue and enhancing productivity.
Consistency and AccuracyEnsures consistent screw depth and alignment, leading to professional results and minimising errors or rework.
VersatilityAvailable in various models for different screws and applications, making them versatile tools for professionals in various industries.
Time SavingsSaves time during setup and clean-up by eliminating manual handling of screws, contributing to faster project completion.
Cost SavingsDespite initial investment, they offer long-term savings through increased productivity, reduced labour costs, and fewer errors.
Enhanced SafetyFeatures safety mechanisms such as depth adjustment settings and trigger locks, reducing the risk of accidents during operation.
Note: Proper training and adherence to safety protocols are essential when using collated guns to ensure safe operation.

Our top Picks for Collated Screwdrivers and Drywall Cutters

DeWalt DCF620D2K 18V Brushless Collated Drywall Screwdriver with 2x 2.0Ah Batteries

DeWalt 18V Brushless Collated Drywall Screwdriver with 2x 2.0Ah Batteries
  • Powerful brushless motor
  • Light and compact tool making it ideal for use in tight spaces
  • Quick release collated screw magazine accepts most collated screws
  • Magazine rotates on the tool without removal to allow use in corners with minimum fuss
  • Tool free depth control and fine depth control
  • LED work light
  • Trigger lock & ergonomically designed rubber grip for excellent user comfort

Makita DFR550Z LXT 18V Cordless Auto-Feed Screwdriver (Body Only)

Makita XT 18V Cordless Auto-Feed Screwdriver (Body Only)
  • Forward/reverse rotation – operable with one hand
  • Adjustable Stopper Base with 7 different setting for different screw lengths – 4 x 25 – 55m
  • Rubber Cap securely fixed to Stopper Base for accurate positioning and slip prevention
  • Anti tilt device – prevents the screw from swaying
  • Dust proof construction – for smooth sliding action
  • Silent clutch – less noise at the end of driving process
  • Screw Guide – designed to keep screw strips from tangling and is foldable for tool storage and transportation

Forgefix 3.9 x 38mm Black Phosphate Collated Drywall Screws 1000 Pack

  • Coarse Thread Specialist Screw.
  • Countersunk Phillips Drive Bugle.
  • Black phosphate finish.
Forgefix 3.9 x 38mm Black Phosphate Collated Drywall Screws 1000 Pack

Senco SEN39A45MP DuraSpin Collated Screws Drywall to Wood 3.9 x 45mm (Pack 1000)

  • Collated Screws for Drywall to Wood
  • Phillips No.2 drive
  • Black phosphate finish.
Senco DuraSpin Collated Screws Drywall to Wood 3.9 x 45mm (Pack 1000)

Makita DCO180Z 18V Cordless Drywall Cutter (Body Only)

Makita 18V Cordless Drywall Cutter (Body Only)
  • Ergonomic barrel handle with soft grip.
  • High rotation speed for fast cutting. 
  • Shoe plate with tool function can be used as a wrench for bit replacement.
  • Compact & Lightweight.
  • Anti-restart function.
  • Ideal for making outlet holes in drywall at construction or renovation sites.
  • Soft start feature.
  • Electronic current limiter for overload protection.


What are the advantages of plasterboard?

Plasterboard offers several advantages, including easy installation, fire resistance, sound insulation, and a smooth surface for painting or wallpapering.

Can plasterboard be used in wet areas like bathrooms?

Traditional plasterboard is not suitable for wet areas due to its vulnerability to moisture damage. However, moisture-resistant or waterproof plasterboard, often referred to as green board or cement board, can be used in these areas.

How do I repair damaged plasterboard?

Small holes or cracks in plasterboard can be repaired by filling them with joint compound, sanding them smooth, and then repainting or re-papering the surface. Larger repairs may require cutting out the damaged section and patching it with a new piece of plasterboard.

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