How To Transport A Full Sheet Of Plasterboard In A Small Car

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You might feel up the creek without a paddle if you need to transport a full sheet of plasterboard but you only have a small car. Strapping the plasterboard to the top of you car isn’t a great option because it can easily catch the wind and snap. So how do you get that plasterboard home in one piece?

The trick, as Leah from See Jane Drill shows us in this video, is to carefully score and fold the plasterboard without totally breaking it in half. First she measures the halfway point with help from a T-square — 120cm, given that the most common size is 1.2×2.4m — and then scores the back of the plasterboard (the side with the cardboard) with a utility knife. You’d probably want to cut it perpendicular to the length of the sheet, but Leah actually scores it lengthwise to fit in her car. Once you score the back, you then snap the sheet without breaking the protective paper. When you unfold it and actually install it, the plasterboard will still be strong enough as long as you have proper framing to support it.

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      • Next time you’re passing a Bunnings store look on the road a few hundred metres from the store. You’ll almost always see the remains of plaster sheets that people tied to their roof racks – they snap at about 60 km/h or so.

        • there are ways to tie down plasterboard to roof racks. that don’t end up destroying it… and don’t end up with plaster board everywhere.

          usually using a sheet of plyboard is the answer… also means you don’t need to cut it in half.

  • A roof rack would help if it covers most of the length of the plaster board. If it doesn’t it will most likely snap. I have seen this happen on the road it is not fun following a car and plaster starts flying around. The the roof rack doesn’t run most of the length what you can do is buy a couple of lengths of cheap wood and put them under the plaster. Then make sure you tie the ends of the plaster to the wood and this will brace the plaster to stop it bouncing, then snapping. I have a dual cab ute with no roof rack and done this many of times with plaster board and cement finer sheets. Works like a charm.

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