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Dry liner

Dry liners use plasterboard panels to build internal walls, suspended ceilings and raised flooring in houses, offices and shops.

Potential salary
£10,000 to £30,000
Working hours
42 to 44 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your work will involve a ‘fixing' stage, followed by a ’finishing' stage. At the 'fixing' stage, you’ll:

  • measure and cut plasterboard to the right sizes and angles
  • fix panels to timber, metal frames or ceiling joists using special studs
  • cut panels to fit around doorways and create openings for windows

You’ll then 'finish’ the walls by:

  • sealing joints using filler or adhesive
  • taping over the seal either by hand or with a taping machine
  • applying a thin layer of plaster over the tape (skimming)
  • sanding down the area ready for painting and decorating

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work at a client's business, at a client's home or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and at height.

With experience, you could become a site supervisor, estimator or dry lining quantity surveyor.

You could also set up your own dry lining business.

You can find more details about careers and training in dry lining through Go Construct.

Data from National Careers Service.
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